GSK IMPACT Grants

Challenge: Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Factors such as safety, 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, where we live and work, matters to our health. Yet too many kids are growing up in communities that are hazardous to their health.

Solution: The more we understand the connection between our health and our community, the more we can improve it. At GSK, we are guided by our mission of helping people do more, feel better and live longer. To achieve this mission, we must go beyond discovering, developing, and delivering new medicines, vaccines, and healthcare products. We must address health challenges where they often start – in our communities.

GSK IMPACT Grants – This is our new charitable grant program that is supporting a well-established network of nonprofit organizations focused on helping a targeted population of disadvantaged youth live healthier lives and contributing to a healthier community. The intent of this 18 month partnership is two-fold: 1) broaden, deepen, and/or build the capacity of the nonprofits and 2) support the network in achieving greater collective impact. Throughout the partnership, we will explore how we can go beyond traditional philanthropy and use more of our own expertise and resources to benefit communities.

GSK IMPACT Grant for Metro Denver: “The Youth Driven Healthy Recreation Centers Collective” is the recipient of the GSK IMPACT Grant for Metro Denver. This is a partnership among nine organizations, including GSK, that will work together to build a healthier community in two Denver neighborhoods: Globeville Elria-Swansea and Northeast Denver.

The collective is focused on improving the health of disadvantaged youth through a dual approach of healthy eating, active living (HEAL) programming and youth leadership development. Throughout the evidence-informed HEAL programming, 50 neighborhood youth will also be selected to engage in an innovative recreation center project. The youth participants will be mentored by local business executives as they propose changes that will ensure more of their peers access the recreation centers and enter the on-ramp for healthier lives. The most compelling youth-led proposals will be funded and implemented, leaving sensible, sustainable solutions for a healthier community.

The nine organizations in this collective have a common agenda for this 18 month partnership, they have outlined how their activities are mutually reinforcing, they have agreed on shared metrics, and they have committed to continuous communication throughout the process to ensure greater collective impact. Throughout the partnership, LiveWell Colorado is the Backbone Organization, serving as the fiscal agent and facilitating the collaboration. Spark Policy Institute is the Evaluation Partner, ensuring dynamic learning and course corrections throughout the partnership, and developing the comprehensive final evaluation which will measure the partnerships’ performance against the nine objectives.

The members of the collective are:

  • LiveWell Colorado (Backbone Organization)
  • Share our Strength (Community Health Partner #1)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver (Community Health Partner #2)
  • LiveWell Northeast Denver (Community Health Partner #3)
  • Globeville Elyria-Swansea LiveWell (Community Health Partner #4)
  • Earth Force (Community Health Partner #5)
  • The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation (Community Health Partner #6)
  • Spark Policy Institute (Evaluation Partner)
  • GSK (Funder and Business Partner)

 

We anticipate that this work will be successful in contributing towards improved health outcomes, and can be replicated in other communities throughout Colorado and across the country. Read the press release announcing the GSK IMPACT Grant for Metro Denver call for applications and the application form.

GSK IMPACT Grant for Greater St. Louis: The application period for the GSK IMPACT Grant for Greater St. Louis is closed and judges are making final decisions. Please check-back for more information. Read the press release announcing the GSK IMPACT Grant for Greater St. Louis call for applications and the application form.

Background on Healthy Communities: As part of GSK’s longstanding commitment to building healthy communities, in 2012, the company launched a national initiative designed to better understand the barriers and identify opportunities for building healthier communities in the United States. This initiative included a series of events, called “Conversations on Community Health,” which were held in three cities: Philadelphia (September 2012), St. Louis (December 2012), and Denver (February 2013); a National Advisory Council convening in New York City (February 2013), and the release of a national survey (March 2013). Phase one uncovered new insights about what it means, and what it takes to build a healthy community.  Phase two, which includes the launch of the new GSK IMPACT Grants and the redesign of the GSK IMPACT Awards, will leverage that knowledge and demonstrate innovative ways local organizations and businesses can work together to make a meaningful difference for healthier communities.

Questions: Questions about the GSK IMPACT Grants can be directed to GSK US Community Partnership staff at us.communitypartnerships@gsk.com.

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