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Community Impact - Ensuring Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is one of our largest grantmaking areas and has long received institutional support through our partnership with  New Haven Healthy Start

Our support of health organizations and projects benefit some of the most vulnerable members of our community - the chronically mental ill and homeless, elderly, recent immigrants, and formerly incarcerated individuals. 

Work We Fund 

Healthcare access for vulnerable populations

At Transitions Medical Clinic, formerly incarcerated men and women receive the medical care they need. Photo credit: Transitions Medical Clinic

Recent health grantees increased access to care for vulnerable populations through nontraditional or enhanced models of care. Transitions Clinic used community health workers to connect men and women recently-released from prison with needed medical treatment. 

The Hispanic Health Council (HHC) employed a licensed clinical social worker to reach and address the mental health needs of monolingual Spanish speaking patients. As a result HHC was able to serve 40% more clients. 

The Helen Keller International ChildSight in-school vision screening program increased eye care for 4th-9th grade New Haven Public School students. Nearly 10,000 students were screened during the two-year grant period.

Delivering care

The Fairhaven Community Health Clinic has delivered primary care since 1972, when it opened with funding from The Community Foundation.

The Fair Haven Community Health Center is a critical primary healthcare provider for poor and low-income individuals and families. During its recent grant term, the clinic saw new improvements in patient healthcare on three clinical quality outcomes: an increased number of diabetes cases were in control; an increased number of patients had early entry into prenatal care; and an increased number of primary care patients were screened for depression. 

The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT continued to excel in reported clinical outcomes concerning the timely initiation of care. One hundred percent of cases were managed with immediate communication with a physician as compared to the national benchmark of 94%.

Making a difference - stories from our grantees

Bridges: Sixty Years of Community-based Mental Health »


For sixty years, Bridges in Milford has provided mental health care in the community.

Giving Children the Vision to Succeed »


The ChildSight® program provides vision screening and free prescription eyewear to thousands of New Haven school children every year.

Recent Grant Awards

  • Bridges Healthcare Inc.- $50,000 to provide general operating support for a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs for adults, children and families.
  • Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic. - $55,000 to provide general operating support for community-based mental health services and advocacy that promote healthy and resilient lives for children and their families.
  • New Haven Farms - $33,000 to support the expansion of the Farm Based Wellness Program into additional New Haven neighborhoods.
  • Town of Hamden - $135,000 to support the Elderly Services Department in the provision of short-term or emergency support to needy senior Hamden residents.
  • Transitions Clinic Network - $65,000 to provide general operating support for health care for individuals from Greater New Haven with chronic conditions returning from prison.  
  • Yoga 4 Change - $6,300 to support mindfulness-based yoga programming to low-income residents of New Haven, particularly seniors and those recovering from trauma and addiction.


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New Haven, CT 06510



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