Health Impact Project



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or RWJF, is the founding and primary funder of the Health Impact Project, which is a collaboration of RWJF and The Pew Charitable Trusts.  RWJF focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing the United States. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years, the foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit
Project Contact
: Pamela Russo, [email protected] 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation 
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation exclusively dedicates its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding more than $30 million since it was established in 1986. The foundation’s purpose is to make a healthy difference in people’s lives by improving community conditions that have an impact on the health of children and families.

The strategic importance of HIAs in the foundation’s health equity work lies in having stakeholders and residents in low-income communities participate in critical decision-making that can have a long-term impact on everyone’s future health. The foundation supports HIAs as a strategy to both catalyze community engagement and acquire rigorous data on the potential health effects of proposed projects, plans, programs, or policies.

Through a Minnesota-based funding opportunity, the foundation supported four additional HIAs launched in September 2013, and generously provided support for the second and third National HIA Meetings.
Project Contact
: Carolyn Link, [email protected]

The California Endowment 
The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation that was created in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California’s creation of WellPoint Health Networks, a for-profit corporation. The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Through the 2012 Call for Proposals, The Endowment supported the Los Angeles HIA Program and Youth Uprising HIA. The Endowment also has generously supported the first, second and third National HIA Meetings.
Project Contact
: Beatriz Solis, [email protected]

The de Beaumont Foundation
Since 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation has worked to transform the practice of public health in the United States. Founded by Pierre S. de Beaumont, the Foundation believes that a strong public health system is essential. Through Strategic and engaged grantmaking, the Foundation is working to improve and change of the practice of public health by building the capacity and stature of the public health workforce and contributing to the advancement of the public health infrastructure. Through the 2014 Call for Proposals, de Beaumont is funding a cohort of demonstration project HIAs through the Big Cities Health Coalition.  The de Beaumont Foundation also has generously supported the third National HIA Meeting.
Project Contact: Catherine Patterson, [email protected]

The Episcopal Health Foundation
The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) is working to transform community health across Texas.  EHF believes healthy communities are created when diverse people join together to develop community-driven, people-centered, health-oriented systems. Established in 2013, the Foundation is based in Houston and operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the 10 million people in the 57 counties of the Diocese by investing in communities through grant-making, outreach to Diocesan churches, and critical research to advance community health. As part of its 2015 Call for Proposals related to Healthy Planning, EHF is supporting its first demonstration project HIA through Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services.
Project Contact: Lexi Nolen [email protected]

Kaiser Permanente Colorado 
As Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan, Kaiser Permanente Colorado has proudly worked to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 535,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. Kaiser Permanente recognizes that much of a person’s health is determined by where they live, work, play and learn, which is why it invested more than $90 million in community benefit programs in 2011 to improve the health of all Coloradans.  Through the 2012 Call for Proposals, Kaiser Permanente Colorado provided support to the Tri-County Health Department to build an HIA Program.
Project Contact: Tristan Sanders, [email protected]

Kansas Health Foundation
The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. The Foundation has been instrumental in building capacity for HIA through the Kansas Health Institute, funding them to carry out two HIAs.
Project Contact: Jeff Usher, [email protected]

Saint Luke’s Foundation (Cleveland) 
Saint Luke’s Foundation uses its resources to provide leadership and support for the improvement and transformation of the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities of Greater Cleveland. The Foundation has been instrumental in the creation of the Northeast Ohio HIA Partnership, and continued funding from the Foundation is enabling the Partnership to build capacity across multiple sectors and execute HIAs in key policy areas. Prior funding from the Foundation supported an HIA on Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Overlay District proposal, the first HIA undertaken in Cuyahoga County, which was led by the Cleveland Planning Commission. St. Luke’s Foundation is currently supporting a program grant to the Cleveland Planning Commission.
Project Contact
: Sandra Chappelle, [email protected]