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Social safety net organizations often focus on addressing individual issues- providing a family with food to alleviate their hunger, providing emergency shelter after an eviction. But work must be done to address systemic issues at a policy level that allow these individual situations to occur. That...
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The last year has upended life as we knew it. One year ago, it would be hard to imagine the impact that the pandemic has had on our families, our communities, our workplaces, and even our vocabulary (Zoom fatigue, anyone?). We are grateful to every person and organization that contributes to...
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Russell Johnson, President and CEO

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today to address the violent killings in Georgia on Tuesday. Though the motive for these attacks is still under investigation, violence in all forms, and in particular violence that appears to be racially motivated, is heartbreaking for the communities...
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HealthSpark Foundation is inviting applications to the Innovation Lab Grant Program for our Spring/Summer 2021 round. The Innovation Lab Grant Program supports collaborative grant projects that will build a better safety net system in Montgomery County. Projects must align with the vision and goals...
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Russell Johnson, President and CEO

As we edge closer to the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, I’ve been reflecting on the ways that our social safety net system is being challenged to not just return to normal, but to lead a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize a healthy community. Our country’s “normal” includes systemic...
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If babies born to Black women in Montgomery County had the same infant mortality rate as babies born to white women, then 61% of Black infant deaths could be prevented. This shocking call to action is the impetus behind Montco Mamas, a public-private collaboration and 2021 HealthSpark Innovation Lab...
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Following a recent interview with HealthSpark's Director of Equity and Inclusion, Christine Tarlecki of Montco Today published a profile of Chinwe Onyekere's career path and aspirations for her work with HealthSpark Foundation. Ms. Tarlecki writes, "With just a few words with HealthSpark Foundation...
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Today, we reflect on the anniversary of the closure of Auschwitz and join those commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jews across the world continue to face persecution and violence, yet their spirit and determination to persevere serve as an inspiration for all striving for a more...
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Chinwe Onyekere

Dear Community and Partners, I am deeply humbled and honored to serve as HealthSpark’s first Director of Equity and Inclusion. With this newly created position, and HealthSpark’s commitment and investments in addressing racial equity, we are at a unique inflection point in our history to deeply...
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HealthSpark Foundation is announcing the award of $631,000 in grant funds to support 14 projects under the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative. The grants include 11 Innovation Lab grants, a 2-year grant to continue advocacy efforts through the Here for Us Advocacy Coalition, a research and planning...