We partner with nonprofit organizations, community residents with lived experiences, and BJC HealthCare's Community Health Improvement team to convene, support, and lead efforts that address individual health needs and systemic barriers to health equity. Your gift funds community programs designed to eliminate health disparities in under-resourced communities in the City of St. Louis, North St. Louis County, and rural areas. Together, we can give all people the opportunity to live their healthiest possible lives.

School Health and Wellness

With support from our donors, BJC Community Health Improvement partners with more than 50 schools and five community organizations to advance equitable health and educational outcomes through BJC's Community Wellness Hub program. The hubs offer families, adults, and children a trusted a safe place for respite, mental wellness programming, and resource connection year-round. Your philanthropic support will empower thousands of families with coping methods to improve their mental wellness each year.

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Food as Medicine

Thousands of St. Louis neighbors face food insecurity and are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each year. Through BJC's Food as Medicine initiative, we partner with local growers and organizations to reduce racial disparities in type 2 diabetes by increasing healthy food and physical activity. Philanthropic support advances critical BJC programs that provide food, nutrition education, and social support to patients and their families to create long-term healthy habits, reduce A1c levels, and ensure access to healthy food at patient discharge.

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Improving Black Infant and Maternal Health Outcomes

Missouri has the seventh highest maternal mortality rate in the nation, with Black women 3.5 times as likely to die during pregnancy or from complications arising during childbirth compared to white women. With support from donors like you, BJC HealthCare is working to eliminate racial disparities by collaborating with community-based doulas and building clinical care teams that reflect the community it serves to help improve equity in maternal health outcomes.

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Equitable Vaccinations and Screenings

Vaccines and screenings play a pivotal role in saving lives, yet vaccination rates continue to fall below targets set by Healthy People 2030. Generous donors make it possible for BJC HealthCare to provide free flu vaccinations, year-round screening events, and other preventative services in under-resourced communities.

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New Responsive Initiatives 

Health equity is about everyone having an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible. That means addressing the systems and structures that stand in the way of optimal health. Your support will enable us to address emerging community needs (e.g., housing security, gun safety and violence reduction, digital divide, etc.).

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Search the documents below to learn more about the areas that interest you. Discover how your generosity enriches lives, saves lives, and transforms health care.

How Donors Are Reducing Breast Cancer Disparities

The Breast Cancer Community Investment Fund in Breast Cancer, created by generous Foundation donors in 2023,...

Community Support Grants Program Awards Seven New Grants to Local Nonprofits

We are proud to announce the distribution of $258,395 this June through the Foundation's Community Support...

Foundation Donors Help Improve Black Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes at BJC Community Baby Shower

BJC at the Commons was transformed into a baby wonderland April 13 for the second annual BJC HealthCare Community...

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