Kresge awards $8.4 million for climate change, health equity efforts

Kresge awards $8.4 million for climate change, health equity efforts

The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced grants totaling $8.4 million in support of efforts to combat climate change and equitably reduce health risks in low-income communities.

Grants were awarded to fourteen community-based organizations through the foundation's Climate Change, Health & Equity (CCHE) initiative, which brings together hospitals, healthcare systems, public health departments, healthcare providers, and community-based climate advocates to advance policies and practices aimed at improving community health while helping cities mitigate and adapt to climate change. The organizations will each receive $600,000 over the next three years as well as access to capacity-building and technical assistance support and peer-learning activities.

Recipients include Catalyst Miami (Miami, Florida), the Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience (Houston, Texas), the Coalition of Communities of Color (Portland, Oregon), Eastside Community Network (Detroit, Michigan), the Environmental Health Coalition (National City, California), Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative (Dorchester, Massachusetts), Go Austin Vamos Austin (Austin, Texas), Homewood Children's Village (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability (Fresno, California), the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts (Springfield, Massachusetts), the Partnership for Southern Equity (Atlanta, Georgia, Physicians for Social Responsibility (Los Angeles, California), UPROSE, Inc. (Brooklyn, New York), and West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (New York City).

"While we are all affected, the painful truth is low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately at risk due to existing social, economic and health inequities," said Lois DeBacker, managing director of the foundation's Environment Program. "But progress is possible, especially when we resource those closest to the problem to be part of the solution. These organizations around the country are doing crucial work to shift policies, systems and practices that will have a lasting impact on climate, health and racial equity and will help to create a more just planet for everyone."