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On behalf of HealthSpark Foundation’s Board of Directors, Joel Johnson, Board Chair, is pleased to announce Emma Hertz as the foundation’s new CEO and President, effective December 5, 2022. Emma was one of more than one hundred people who participated in the national executive search process...
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Russell Johnson, President & CEO

For the past 20 years HealthSpark Foundation has engaged the community in seeking solutions to address the unmet needs of individuals and families served by the safety net system. From investments in equity focused organizations to the recent initiation of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund...
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Russell Johnson, President and CEO, and Jesse Hardman of Internews

We envision an equitable, connected, and thriving community. Hispanic Heritage Month reminds me of the people I have met through my time with HealthSpark Foundation who have enriched my work through friendship, knowledge sharing, and connections. I am not bi-lingual and the language barrier with...
Chinwe Onyekere
Dear HealthSpark Community and Partners, It has been a tremendous honor and pleasure to work alongside you for the past seven and half years, as Board member, Board Chair, and most recently in HealthSpark's inaugural role as the Director of Equity and Inclusion, to create a thriving and just safety...
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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker HealthSpark Foundation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its Community of Practice event, on Tuesday, September 14, 2022 from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm. The Community of Practice is...
Russell Johnson, HSF President and CEO Announces Retirement
With more than twenty years serving as President of HealthSpark Foundation, Russell Johnson recently announced plans to retire by year end. As the foundation’s first employee, he built a team of talented people to serve as relationship builders, advocates for social justice, and conveners to raise...
Dr. Frank E. Boston Presidential Citation
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Dr. Keima Sheriff

The Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund (BJF) is a direct response by HealthSpark Foundation to what we heard from you, our community. The BJF name, mission, vision, and goals were crafted by eleven Black community action team (CAT) members supported by HealthSpark. These action team members...
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Chinwe Onyekere, Director of Equity and Inclusion

As we enter into the new year of 2022 and embark on the launch of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund, I have been reflecting on the closing of 2021, Kwanzaa, and power. Power-building is a central tenet of the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund. Tapping into community power and...
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As 2021 draws to a close, we at HealthSpark spent some time reflecting on what we've heard from safety net providers over the last year about their challenges, hopes, and priorities. Through our conversations, surveys, and gatherings, we know that one thing is for certain- our sector is experiencing...
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Throughout our conversations with safety net partners over the last two years, HealthSpark has heard time and again the need to improve our sector’s capacity for advocacy and policy change. Safety net partners in fields from mental health to food security to senior services have noted the...