Fiscal agent: Ledge Light Health District
This grant will support the Black Health Collective in working to foster a culture of improved health through community engagement, community-driven interventions and awareness campaigns, and advocacy for increased access to affordable, culturally respectful mental health services for Black residents of Southeastern Connecticut. Although Black residents experience high rates of depression, many do not seek treatment because of stigma, cultural norms, lack of access based on insurance, or a lack of culturally appropriate and responsive providers.
This grant was awarded as part of The Sanford Cloud Awards for Diverse Advocacy, Policy, and Equity, designed to advance health equity for people of color by investing in initiatives led by graduates of the foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program and Academy for Health Equity Advocacy and Leadership. The award is named in honor of Sanford Cloud Jr., the foundation’s former board chair.