National Health Foundation was founded in 1973 to conduct research and educational programs related to healthcare delivery, particularly in hospital settings. As the field of public health has shifted over the years, National Health Foundation’s purpose has evolved to best anticipate and meet emerging needs.
Today, we know that health starts where people live, learn, work and play. National Health Foundation is committed to addressing the root causes of health disparities by working hand in hand with communities. We empower teens and adults to advocate for their health and identify needed changes in their neighborhoods. Then, we help develop and support the community’s vision of health by cultivating partnerships to deliver programs and services that are empathetic and inclusive.
National Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of individuals and under-resourced communities by taking action on the social determinants of health. Our vision is that all people, regardless of who they are or where they live, can achieve their highest level of health.
“Our mission is to improve the health of under-resourced communities. Every individual is worthy of compassion regardless of their housing, employment, gender, race, sexual orientation, faith, ability, immigration, or insurance status. Each need must be met with dignity to foster trust and connection. In the broadest sense, health is having access to the resources that promote all dimensions of healing and wellness, allowing communities to thrive. As NHF’s President and CEO, I will work to make this vision a reality.” – Dr. Felita Jones
OUR 2019 IMPACT REPORT
The Impact Report is our way of sharing the impact of the work we have done within the community. Find out how many more of our neighbors have access to fresh produce, are participating in fitness and nutrition classes, have found a home following hospitalization and being without a home, and how many pregnant and parenting teens students have successfully graduated from high school after setting and meeting goals for success.
OUR FOCUS: THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
We address food access with an emphasis on increasing the availability of health and fresh foods in under-resourced communities.
We address housing with a focus on providing shelter and care for individuals without a home who have been released from the hospital.
We address the built environment, prioritizing the removal of barriers to health in the Historic South Los Angeles community.
We address education with a focus on risk prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens to complete their education.