About Palm Health Foundation
Palm Health Foundation was established in 2001 as the successor of two Palm Beach County hospital foundations. The founding trustees developed priorities to honor the interests of decades of hospital benefactors by focusing on healthcare education, especially the profession of nursing, access to care and quality health resources for all, particularly the most vulnerable members of the community.
The Economic Downturn of 2008
Forced by serious constraints of the economic downturn in 2008-2009, foundation trustees shifted their focus to address the most critical health issues in Palm Beach County. The foundation convened multiple meetings of community experts to evaluate the most pressing health gaps and achieve greater impact. As a result, the foundation’s grantmaking priorities became diabetes prevention and management, nursing advancement, family caregiving and behavioral health.
Aspiration for Deeper Community Engagement
Dissatisfied with the short-term gains of traditional responsive grantmaking, in 2012 the foundation’s senior leaders explored new ways to find a deeper connection to the Palm Beach County community and the ability to create sustainable change to transform community health. It was the first stage of what would become Healthier Together.
Palm Health Foundation Profile
This is Palm Beach County:
Understanding the Landscape
Palm Beach County is the third largest county in Florida with an estimated population of 1,496,000. Nearly 33% are non-English speakers and 88% are U.S. citizens. The poverty rate is 13.4%.
Not counting Lake Okeechobee, Palm Beach County is the second-largest county in land mass in Florida, covering 1,971 square miles.
Largest ethnic and/or groups by race:
Palm Beach County Demographics
Health Outcomes: #8
– Length of Life (50%): #9
– Quality of Life (50%): #13
Health Factors: #7
– Health Behaviors (30%): #3
– Clinical Care (20%): #9
– Social/Econ Factors (40%): #19
– Physical Environment (10%): #32
Health Outcomes: #9
– Length of Life (50%): #6
– Quality of Life (50%): #25
Health Factors: #9
– Health Behaviors (30%): #6
– Clinical Care (20%): #10
– Social/Econ Factors (40%): #19
– Physical Environment (10%): #38
Rankings based on all 67 Counties in Florida
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Child Opportunity in Palm Beach County
Neighborhoods matter. Children who live in neighborhoods with quality early childhood education and schools, safe housing, access to healthy food, parks and playgrounds and clean air are more likely to grow into healthy, productive adults than children who don’t. The Child Opportunity Index (COI) measures and maps the quality of resources and conditions that matter for children to develop in a healthy way in the neighborhoods where they live.
Underlying all our work is a commitment to equity. The Foundation believes all children deserve an equal opportunity to grow and learn. The core question is whether all children—regardless of where they live or their race and ethnicity—have a fair chance of experiencing neighborhood conditions that help them thrive. The Foundation hopes to widen the national conversation about addressing inequality to include not only income and wealth but also the neighborhood environments that our children experience.
Developed in 2014 in collaboration with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, the COI has been widely used to spark conversations about unequal access to opportunity and to spur actions to increase equity.
The Child Opportunity Level categorizes each census tract into one of five levels. Very Low, representing tracts in the bottom 20% of child opportunity, Low, representing 20%-40%, Moderate, 40%-60%, High, 60%-80% and very High-80%-100%.
The National Child Opportunity Score ranks all >72,000 census tracts in the country on a single metric from zero to 100 with 1 representing the lowest child opportunity and 100 the highest.
The Opportunity Level Categories and Opportunity Scores represented in the tables are the lowest ranking tracts in a given Healthier Together community.