Centura Health Announces 19 Grant Recipients for its Inaugural $1 Million Health Equity & Advancement Fund

September 28, 2021

(CENTENNIAL, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, announced today 19 recipients for the inaugural Health Equity & Advancement Fund through the kickoff of its annual $1 million community grant program. The giving program was created to extend the impact of community efforts focused on advancing social justice through initiatives that extend health equity across Colorado and Western Kansas. Grants awarded ranged from $25,000 to $87,720 with a focus on programs that serve diverse communities and/or populations, focus on diverse caregivers, and leverage collaborations with other partners to increase social impact.

“The grant recipients for our first Health Equity & Advancement Fund are truly committed to increasing opportunities for everyone in their community to live the healthiest life possible by advancing health equity through innovative social justice programs that address the persistent gaps that create barriers to having healthy communities,” said Dr. Oswaldo Grenardo, MD, SVP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Centura Health. “Their programs help curate our vision to make every community, every neighborhood, every life – whole and healthy. This is just the beginning of building our programs around health equity. We are excited to support these organizations who work day in and day out to inspire positive change.”

Grant recipients include 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofits, community organizations using a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor and educational institutions based in Colorado or Kansas and within 50 miles of a Centura facility.

2021 Health Equity & Advancement Fund Recipients

Projects being funded will begin in the Fall of 2021 and must be completed by August 2022. The next Health Equity & Advancement Fund grant will open in the Spring of 2022.

“This was an extremely competitive process with numerous applications, which reflects the true need for addressing social determinants of health and health disparities that our communities face,” said Dr. Grenardo. “Partnering with these organizations is just part of the work outlined in Centura’s Social Justice Framework as we continue our pursuit to address the causes of health disparities in our communities and healthcare system.”

The Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund was launched in 2021 in support of Centura Health’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) across their vibrant communities in Colorado and Western Kansas. Their commitment to social justice lies in Centura’s Core Values and Mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, and from their Adventist and Catholic founders, who teach that all people are made in the image of God and so possess an equal and inalienable worth. The next Health Equity & Advancement Fund grant will open in the Spring of 2022.

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