Programs - Isabella Health Foundation


Global Education

OUR GOAL: to ensure equitable, inclusive and quality education throughout the world through evidence-based strategies with a particular focus on primary and secondary education.

THE PROBLEM: There are pervasive racial, ethnic, and gender inequalities woven into educational systems worldwide. These inequities in education are linked to health disparities. Additionally, individuals with less education are more likely to experience adverse health outcomes such as chronic diseases and increased mortality.

We hope to combat these inequities through our initiatives in our Global Education Program. Check out our program spotlight highlighting the IHF Literacy Project, a part of our Global Education program.

Global Nutrition

OUR GOAL: to provide increased access to healthy, affordable foods to the most disadvantaged populations so they may lead healthy lives.

THE PROBLEM: Every country in the world is affected by malnutrition. Globally, 150.8 million children experience stunted growth due to malnutrition. 50.5 million are wasted,  which is a strong predictor of mortality among children less than five.

We hope to combat these inequities through our initiatives in our Global Nutrition Program.

Global Health Delivery

OUR GOAL: to advance healthy equity by providing increased health products and services to disadvantaged communities, rural areas, and developing countries.

THE PROBLEM: Globally, health resources are inefficiently delivered to those in need. Health systems are complex and often difficult to navigate resulting in barriers in access to health products and services.

We hope to combat these inequities through our initiatives in our Global Health Delivery Program.

Global Maternal and Child Health

OUR GOAL: to protect the health of mothers, infants and children globally by ensuring mothers have the most optimal care before, during and after their pregnancies and to eliminate the racial disparity in U.S. maternal mortality.

THE PROBLEM: Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries. In 2012, 6.6 million children died before the age of 5 and 5 million of them died within the first year of life. The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate in developed countries which has steadily increased over the past 30 years. Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die than White women as a result of pregnancy related complications. These outcomes are woven in complex social factors and health disparities that desperately need to be addressed.

We hope to combat these inequities through our initiatives in our Global Maternal and Child Health Program.

Community Outreach and Awareness

OUR GOAL: is to build and sustain relationships and partnerships throughout communities to advance health equity.

THE PROBLEM: Numerous social determinants influence health and well-being in the community.  Yet, there is a lack of accountable collaboration to address how these factors influence health disparities. An individual’s zip code is more influential on health outcomes than genetic code. Promoting social justice and health equity can remove the systematic and structural barriers entrenched in poverty, racism, discrimination, limited access to healthy foods, limited access to affordable housing, and additional social factors.

We hope to combat these inequities through our initiatives in our Community Outreach and Awareness Program.

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