Modern Healthcare - 2021-05-03


Fund for Health Equity


LED BY Direct Relief IN CHARGE Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief An advisory council that includes: Dr. Regina Benjamin, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Byron Scott, a board member of Direct Relief and chair of its medical advisory council Martha Dawson, CEO of the National Black Nurses Association Jane Delgado, CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health Gail Small, “Head Chief Woman,” a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe WHAT IT ENTAILS To support organizations serving less wealthy and more diverse communities hit hard by the pandemic with the goals of: ■ Diversifying the healthcare workforce, including nurses and community health workers ■ Eliminating health disparities by addressing social determinants of health and behavioral health, and prevention of noncommunicable diseases ■ Supporting innovation and the expanded use of digital health ■ Facilitating activities focused on leadership and mentorship for persons of underrepresented backgrounds ■ The organization will invite applications at a later date. HOW MUCH ALLOCATED $75 million raised against a goal of $150 million ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET OF LEAD ORGANIZATION $1.9 billion in 2020



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