Health Equity Fund: Recipients Announced!

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Health Equity Fund: Awardees Announced!

The Health Equity Fund is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural round of funding. Doctors and Lawyers for Kids and YMCA of Greater Louisville will each receive a $20,000 grant for their work to address inequitable barriers to educational success and help create a pathway for Louisville youth to thrive.

Doctors and Lawyers for Kids (DLK) is receiving funding to train staff to implement much-needed special education advocacy for families navigating poverty. Recognizing the disparity between case referrals and the number of clients they are able to serve, DLK is building their capacity to respond to the civil legal issues that keep children from thriving in school through advanced legal training.

YMCA of Greater Louisville is receiving funding to support their program, Next Steps Summer Learning. Running 5 days a week for 5 weeks in the summer, this program has a specific focus to impact educational achievement for students who have limited access to costly summer programs. Recognizing that summer is a critical time for students’ continued learning, the YMCA chose to develop this program as a resource where students can remain in a structured, enriching environment with proven positive impact on school year outcomes.

We celebrate these organizations and their commitment to improving root causes of health! In addition to funding, each recipient will participate in two Advancing Racial Equity trainings conducted by the Center for Health Equity to further support their success in increasing health equity.  At least two additional rounds of funding are planned in 2019 and 2020.


The Health Equity Fund is the first of its kind, developed from the prize money received when Louisville was selected as a Culture of Health Prize winning community by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2016. From shared commitments to innovation and collaboration in advancing health equity, the Health Equity Fund advances evidence-based initiatives to increasing health equity in Louisville. Building on the findings of the 2017 Health Equity Report, community residents chose education as the focus for the first round of funding. See more about the full call for applications here.

A special thanks goes out to the Community Foundation of Louisville, Humana Foundation, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, and Metro United Way for their commitment to the improved quality of life for all Louisville residents.  Others interested in funding health equity initiatives are invited to contact Aja Barber with the Center for Health Equity, at

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