The Healthy Americas Foundation (HAF), a supporting organization of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, has announced the launch of a $100 million fund aimed at advancing equity in health and well-being for Latinx families across the United States.
Established with a $1 million matching pledge from the Centene Charitable Foundation, the Hispanic Family Equity Fund plans to award $20 million in equity grants to enable community-based organizations to hire "navigators" who help families access early education, child care, food security, health insurance, economic support, and job training; disburse $5 million in support of efforts to ensure that national, state, and community policies help Latinx families recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; and create a $75 million fund to foster innovation in the delivery of services to Latinx families and close the "well-being gap."
"By investing directly in communities and bolstering resources at the local level, the Healthy Americas Foundation can best meet the needs of Hispanic families," said Healthy Americas Foundation president and CEO Jane L. Delgado. "We look forward to working with Centene to ensure more equitable outcomes in the health and well-being of Hispanic communities. With so much now at stake for Hispanics, inaction cannot and will not be an option."
"The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the health and economic inequities faced by Hispanic communities nationwide," said Centene Corporation chair, president, and CEO Michael F. Neidorff. "As we now emerge into a post-pandemic world, we have been given a clear opportunity to close the well-being gap faced by far too many Americans. We encourage businesses and foundations to join Centene in supporting efforts to provide opportunities for Hispanic communities, our nation's largest minority group, while also looking for innovative ways to ensure equity within their own organizations."