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Advancing Anti-Racist Practices and Policies

To Improve the Lives of All Pinellas County Residents

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg believes that racial equity will lead to health equity. The organization acts as a connector, a listener, and a source of fuel that accelerates the powerful work already being done to advance equity.

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Led by Community

Listening well means truly hearing the lived experience of those in our community. Community voices underscore what’s not working well, highlight where solutions are already underway, and shape meaningful action.

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Focused on Race

Race is the biggest variable in health differences among residents in Pinellas County. Health equity is inseparable from racial equity so to build a healthier community, race must be at the forefront of our efforts and solutions.

Why Race Matters

Fueling for Change

The Foundation strategically invests money towards racial equity initiatives and fuels community through relationships, connections to support networks, research and data, access to technology, and physical space.

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Driven By Data

Problems are put into perspective by data. Equity data and analysis help illustrate the scale and impact of issues, can point to new connections, and ensure the solutions we invest in are doing the work they promised to do.

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A Vision of Equity

Equitable regions—where everyone in the community is able to live a long, healthy life—are more prosperous, and experience stronger, more sustained growth. By investing in equity, Pinellas County helps build a more stable, resilient community that is more likely to experience lasting social and economic success.

2021 Annual Report

2021 was an extraordinary year on the heels of an extraordinary year before that. The Foundation worked to accelerate a movement in racial equity; influence systems change; advance community wealth and resilience; and refine strategic investments to impact racial equity. This report gives a snapshot of the many efforts the Foundation has created, supported, and uplifted in these areas.

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Looking Back to Move Forward

Today’s social change advocates can learn a great deal from stories about people who have previously stood together to challenge the status quo and fight for equity. This evolving project serves as an entry point for education, understanding, and further exploration into the history and opportunity for social change in Pinellas County.

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Recent Highlights

Staff Q&A: Interim Co-CEO Carl Lavender, Jr.

May 26, 2023Blog,Business Professionals,Community & Civic Leaders,Non-Profit Professionals,Policy Makers & Influencers

Carl R. Lavender Jr. joined the staff of the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg in 2018. He served as the senior director of programs and then our chief equity officer before taking the reins as interim co-CEO last summer. Barbara Green, who serves as communications manager for the Foundation, recently sat down with Carl […]

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Knowledge is Power and Data Can Look Scary: 3 Tips to Boost Your Confidence

May 26, 2023Blog

Accurate data interpretation is immensely important in our pursuit of racial equity at the Foundation for a Healthy Saint Petersburg. We understand its crucial role in making informed decisions that positively impact our community. But let’s be honest. Data, charts, and graphs can be overwhelming for many, especially when they relate to something we care […]

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Foundation and Bayfront Health Announce New Grantmaking Partnership

May 9, 2023News,Press Release

Bayfront Health will match the Foundation’s grant funding this year The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Bayfront Health have joined forces to significantly increase the local grant funding pool this year. Bayfront Health announced today that it will issue a dollar-for-dollar match of the Foundation’s 2023 grantmaking funds. That means that instead of […]

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Join our Community of Changemakers

It is through our collective actions and ideas that we will achieve racial and healthy equity in Pinellas County. Keep pushing the movement forward. Connect with the Foundation to stay updated on opportunities, developments, and events around equity.

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