Health Equity

Fannie E. Rippel Foundation

2019 - $150,000

The Connecticut Health Foundation is joining a national philanthropic partnership to develop new visions for health and well-being in the United States, a project intended to identify ways to improve health outcomes and eliminate inequities that plague the current system.

Known as FORESIGHT, the partnership is led by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, based in Morristown, New Jersey. It is intended to generate new thinking, insights, tools, and plans to shape the future of health and address existing and new challenges. The work will include detailed analysis of trends affecting health and well-being and will bring together leaders from multiple sectors and communities.

A $150,000 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to support FORESIGHT will help to ensure that Connecticut voices and experiences are part of the conversation in this national effort and that health equity will be a central value throughout the work.

“This project will explore how philanthropy can help to create a new vision of the systems that impact health,” said Patricia Baker, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation. “The hypothesis of this initiative is that by taking a step back and thinking broadly about how health care and social services can be designed, rather than thinking reactively, we will be better able to meet the needs of individuals and communities. We look forward to partnering with other organizations and individuals committed to improving health and well-being.”

“Our nation has invested untold trillions of dollars on health care and well-being, but we are still no closer to addressing our country’s health problems,” said Lindsey Alexander, project director for The Rippel Foundation’s FORESIGHT initiative. “Costs soar, disparities abound, negative social and environmental influences persist, and health suffers. Continuing to do the same things won’t solve these challenges. FORESIGHT is intended to create visions for how things could be done differently and better.”