Our Journey

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

Founded: 2001

Located: West Palm Beach, FL

Assets: $88 million

Staff: Nine

Mission: We inspire and fund solutions for better health in Palm Beach County through community collaboration.

Vision: All Palm Beach County residents have opportunities to thrive and reach their full health potential.

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:

Source: Data USA

Palm Beach County Demographics

2017 Rankings

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

2016 Rankings

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.         

Source: http://www.diversitydatakids.org/child-opportunity-index

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.

Palm Beach County Child Opportunity 2015 Data
Life Expectancy in Palm Beach County vs. National and State Averages
Life Expectancy in Healthier Together Communities