The Road to Health Equity Can Begin at Home

Income provides economic resources that shape decisions about housing, education, childcare, food, medical care and more. Poverty is a well-documented risk factor for negative health outcomes. Wealth — the accumulation of savings and assets — helps cushion and protect us in times of economic distress.

Housing is typically a family's greatest expenditure, and, for homeowners, their most significant source of wealth, so we support projects focused on housing and homelessness. Access to reliable housing and homeownership has the ability to lay the groundwork for future stability and health. Without financial worry and housing concerns, families and individuals can focus on what matters, leading full and healthy lives. 

Grantee Spotlight: Gaining Voice Through Cooperative Ownership

Since 2002, Northcounty Cooperative Foundation has focused on working with residents in manufactured home communities to assist them to become resident-owned. To get the full story, click the Grantee Spotlight highlighted on this page and read about a successful past project.

 

What's Going on at The Blue Cross Foundation

3/01/2016
Casa de Esperanza's focus on listening and learning allows for change to come from within the community, based on people’s needs and the strategies they develop.

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2/03/2016
Northside Achievement Zone recognizes that education is key to better health and is working with families to ensure that children are on a solid path toward college.

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10/26/2015
Grantee Northcountry Cooperative Foundation was recently featured in a news story "Taking Control: MN Mobile Home Residents Seek Park Ownership."

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7/01/2015
The Foundation has awarded $1.5 million across the state for creative work to address social and economic influences that affect health.

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