Posts in 'Systems Change'

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The stories we tell help us understand our world and build connections with others. Yet the stories we hear the most still disproportionately favor and represent a select few. By elevating underrepresented and unheard voices through deeper investments in arts, journalism, and storytelling in our...
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As part of our work to create systemic change within the safety net system, HealthSpark recognizes that our role as a philanthropy must shift, too. Part of that shift includes embracing a culture and practice of trust-based philanthropy, which centers on philanthropies sharing and redistributing...
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“Without community, there is no liberation." Audre Lorde HealthSpark Foundation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 8th Community of Practice event, on Tuesday, September 21st from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The Community of Practice is part of the 10-year Safety Net Resiliency...
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In a time of crisis, the Montgomery County safety net system responded with agility and a call for long overdue investments in the sector and the people who staff it. HealthSpark Foundation is pleased to share, on behalf of our community partners, the State of the Safety Net 2020-2021 Report and two...
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Chinwe Onyekere, MPH

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Late last year, we shared an update on the ways in which HealthSpark Foundation has been holding itself accountable...
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As a learning organization, HealthSpark is continually looking to assess the impact of our grantmaking and find ways to strengthen our programs. Recently, HealthSpark engaged Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health intern Duong Tina Nguyen to evaluate the impact of our Innovation Lab...
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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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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...
Commissioned through a partnership between HealthSpark Foundation, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia Southern New Jersey, Scattergood Foundation, and the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, this report speaks to the financial health of the Greater Philadelphia five-county area nonprofits. It compares...