Supporting the National Summit on Health Center Lending and Innovation

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America is to explore the social and economic factors that affect health (e.g., poverty, education, housing) to lead to changes in national, state and local policies, and promote private-sector initiatives that will reduce health inequities among Americans.This grant supports the National Summit on Health Center Lending and Innovation, a two-day meeting focused on the role of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in the advancement of health care innovations in low-income communities. The summit is sponsored in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and NCB Capital Impact. The primary goals of the summit are to build collaboration within the community-development field in support of primary care delivery in low-income communities; to create a common understanding of CDFIs in underwriting financing for support of community health centers; and to develop strategies to identify and scale innovations to strengthen the delivery system for primary care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's contribution will help to shape the summit to ensure that the tools and lessons apply beyond community health centers to the broader ecosystem of organizations and agencies that influence health. This project will complement RWJF's efforts to address the social determinants of health and leverage community-development investing, done in partnership with the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. In addition to the Foundation's contribution to shaping the summit design, deliverables will include post-summit documentation, including a description of key proceedings, outcomes, and commitments from meeting participants.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $25,000.00

Awarded on: 6/18/2012

Time frame: 7/1/2012 - 10/31/2012

Grant Number: 70186


Capital Impact Partners

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Kim Ilana Dempsey
Project Director


Annie Donovan
Project Director