Activate Communities

Goal 2

Activate communities by strengthening organizations and congregations to build health-promoting communities


Community and congregation members actively shape healthy communities and influence health systems to improve health equity

STRATEGY6: Support organizations to raise the voices of community members to influence community health

This outcome and strategy articulate how EHF envisions activating communities to address health-related opportunities and challenges. Our grantmaking supports community organizations that are capable of engaging community members, particularly low-income and vulnerable populations, to become advocates for health and to support communities in adopting new ways of problem solving.

Examples of this kind of work include but are not limited to: 

  • Building the capacity of community organizations by helping them to assess their activities that address those factors
  • Increasing the number and reach of grassroots community organizing groups that advocate for community health
  • Supporting the development of new leaders within communities
  • Ensuring that client-facing community partners have the skills and resources needed to help their clients become influencers
  • Developing new and strengthening existing health coalitions
  • Supporting community organizations to use hospital community benefit data to encourage investment in the social determinants of health

STRATEGY7: Support congregations in action

We recognize the important role that the faith community can play in creating conditions to promote community health and we see our role as supporting congregations to learn how to do community-engaged work. EHF supports our congregations in this work through the efforts of our congregational engagement team. To learn about this work, including how congregations may access financial support, please visit the “For Congregations” section of our website.