GSK IMPACT Grants: Our kids leading the way to a healthier community
Recent research from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation suggests that sometimes our zip code can have a bigger impact on our health than our genetic code.
In other words, much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Community factors, such as access to healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks, undeniably contribute to our health (see Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Where we are born and raised and live and work matters to our health - yet too many kids are growing up in communities that put barriers to good health in front of them.
The more we understand the connection between our health and our community, the more we can improve it. As a health company, we believe that we must build go beyond discovering, developing, and delivering new medicines, vaccines, and healthcare products and also address health challenges where they often start: in our communities.
The GSK IMPACT Grant is a charitable program that supports networks of nonprofit organizations working in collaboration to help young people lead the way to make their communities healthier places to live, work and thrive We recognize that charitable investments don’t last forever – that’s why the GSK IMPACT Grant program contributes to lasting, sustainable changes in communities can improve health outcomes even after our funding ends.
To ensure sustainability, we support interventions that improve the lives of individuals and also invest in local nonprofit organizations working smarter and collaboratively to serve the community over the long-term. These grants are a key element of our national initiative to examine the barriers and identify opportunities to build healthier communities in the United States.
- In 2012, the first GSK IMPACT Grant was awarded to The Youth-Driven Healthy Recreation Centers Collective in Denver, Colorado. Read more about the GSK IMPACT Grant for Metro Denver.
- On March 19, 2015 we announced a $5 million, 3-year grant in Philadelphia, awarded to the Get HYPE Philly! Collective. Read more about the GSK IMPACT Grant for Philadelphia.
- On December 17, 2015 we announced a $500,000, 18-month grant in East St. Louis, awarded to the East Side Thrives collective. Read more about the GSK IMPACT Grant for St. Louis.
- On March 10, 2016 we announced a $1 million, 2-year grant in the Triangle Region (NC) to the Fostering Wellness collective. Read more about the GSK IMPACT Grant for the Triangle Region.
Questions about GSK charitable grants can be directed to GSK US Community Partnerships staff at email@example.com
More information on GSK IMPACT grants
Denver, CO: How do you help make a healthy community even healthier?
The GSK IMPACT Grant for Metro Denver is an 18-month charitable partnership with a well-established network of nonprofit organizations focused on helping kids in Denver live healthier lives and contribute to a healthier community.
East St. Louis, IL: Can we work together to improve the health of a community?
In the St. Louis region, data shows stagnant or declining process on many social determinants of health – including poverty, education, diet, exercise, employment and family support.
Triangle Region, NC: How can we support young people aging out of the foster care system to become healthy adults?
There are approximately 1,400 young people in foster care across Wake, Durham, and Orange counties who will age out of the system without many of the same support networks other young people rely on to make a successful transition to adulthood.