Grantmaking is a primary means by which the Sisters Health Foundation advances its mission by partnering with agencies and organizations to address significant health issues. As of fall 2017, the Foundation Board has approved 1,271 grant requests representing more than $17 million in funding.

Through our grantmaking, we seek to support projects and strategies that will advance oral health, healthy lifestyles, or health equity in the Mid-Ohio Valley.


Oral Health

We support projects and strategies that promote improved oral health, particularly in children, by promoting one or more of the following:

  • Improved oral health and hygiene in pregnant women and young children
  • Increased access to professional dental care for the uninsured and underinsured
  • Development of a positive culture for oral health in the Mid-Ohio Valley
  • Effective education of parents and children in the practice of good oral hygiene
  • Advocacy of policy changes that promote and support improvement in oral health

Healthy Lifestyles

We support projects and strategies that prevent chronic health conditions by promoting healthy eating and active living through one or more of the following:

  • Education about the health implications of obesity, poor nutrition, and inactivity
  • Environmental changes that make healthy choices the easy choices
  • Increased access to healthy foods
  • Promotion and provision of opportunities for increased physical activity
  • Advocacy of policy changes that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles

Health Equity

We support projects and strategies that address socioeconomic, racial, and geographic disparities in health and health care by:

  • Improving the accessibility, affordability, and quality of health care, as well as eliminating conditions such as poverty and discrimination that contribute to health disparities.
  • Building on strong local leadership within the community served
  • Utilizing and increasing broad and effective support within the community
  • Advocating for policy changes that will improve health equity for residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley

Health equity exists when everyone has the opportunity to “attain their full health potential” and no one is “disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)