ConvergenceRI: Of the community, by the community, for the community
Rhode Island Foundation announces $3.6 million in new grants to support the ongoing work of six Health Equity Zones in the state, marking a sea change in investments in communitiesBy Richard Asinof
Posted 10/22/18CENTRAL FALLS - On Friday morning, Oct. 19, The Rhode Island Foundation announced $3.6 million in new grants to support the activities of Health Equity Zones in six communities, including West Warwick, Woonsocket, Providence, Central Falls, Newport, and all seven communities in South County.
The announcement of the grants, with each Health Equity Zone collaborative receiving $600,000, took place at Progreso Latino in Central Falls. Together, the new investments were one of the largest grants distributed in 2018 by The Rhode Island Foundation.
The new investment also marked a sea change in grant making by The Rhode Island Foundation, focused on addressing health and social disparities through investment in community-based coalitions, in support of the work being done by Health Equity Zones, rather than just investing in the health care delivery system.
As Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, summed up the event: “These are investments of the community, by the community, for the community.”
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