We seek visionary and yet practical, sustainable solutions that have potential for widespread replication and impact.

Much of the Foundation’s work centers on the fact that the health of all Americans, but particularly the health of the most vulnerable people in our society, is influenced significantly by factors outside of the health care system, or the social determinants of health. The Vulnerable Populations portfolio supports innovative solutions at that intersection of health and social factors—poverty, education, housing, employment, community environments—to give those at greatest risk their best opportunity to live healthy, productive lives. We identify, grow, and rigorously test promising programs and approaches that can create fundamental change in the systems and circumstances that affect vulnerable people.