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Health and Education Disparities

About Health and Education Disparities/Collective Impact Grants

Data shows that when compared to people of other backgrounds, Louisianans of color are 1.5 – 4 times more likely to experience negative outcomes in health status and educational achievement – regardless of their income status.

African American children are especially vulnerable to these same negative outcomes, particularly when they lack access to essential healthcare services and quality education. When compounded with impoverished living situations, unstable family structures and geographic isolation, the likelihood of these negative outcomes greatly increases.

A growing body of evidence suggests that addressing gaps in healthcare and education at an early age are especially likely to yield positive results. Furthermore, projects around the country have proven that closing the gaps along racial and socioeconomic lines for children leads to better outcomes not just for these children, but for the community as a whole.

The Foundation challenges communities across Louisiana to address this major public health concern. We are seeking community-level proposals focused on improving outcomes in health, education and social services/child welfare.

The Foundation hopes to help communities reshape their environments, ensuring that all children get the resources and supports they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives.