Educational Attainment

At age 25, U.S. adults without a high school diploma can expect to die 9 years sooner than college graduates. Thus, the potential for creating improved health outcomes by addressing educational attainment is significant. Toward that end, we support organizations that:

  • support family engagement in children’s education and socio-economic development from birth to adulthood
  • increase the number of young children in high-quality early childhood programs
  • remove barriers to K-12 student access, and/or
  • increase the number of people who successfully complete post-secondary education and training

Financial Stability

Adult life expectancy increases with increasing income. People in the highest-income group can expect to live at least six and a half years longer than poor men and women. Poor children, on average, actually have smaller brains than affluent ones. Bearing that in mind, we participate in efforts that:

  • improve access to family-sustaining employment,
  • increase the use of public benefits by those who are eligible, and/or
  • strengthen financial security and asset building

Housing Safety & Stability

Stable, affordable, safe housing is basic and the lack of it is toxic. Housing instability disrupts work, school, day care arrangements, and social networks of both parents and children. Inadequate housing conditions are associated with respiratory conditions related to poor indoor air quality, cognitive delays in children from exposure to lead and accidents and injuries that result from structural deficiencies. Given the above, we seek partnerships with organizations that:

  • increase access to affordable housing
  • improve safety and quality of housing

Social Connections

Social support and good social relations are key determinants of health and well-being. Research has shown that people who feel a stronger sense of belonging to their local community tend to live healthier lives and have fewer mental health challenges. The sociability of a place also impacts safety and crime. For these reasons we are committed to supporting efforts that support the community in promoting and enhancing meaningful social relationships and work to increase social connectedness across all stages and ages of life. We want to see increased connections to community resources and to one another.

Healthy Eating & Active Living

Low-income communities, particularly communities of color, are more likely to lack access to healthy foods and safe places to play and be active. Healthy Food and adequate nutrition are cornerstones of good health and proper development in children. We also know that, in order for residents to engage in physical activity, neighborhoods need to offer safe, well-maintained paths and sidewalks; clean, well-lit parks; accessible school playgrounds; and affordable public transit. With this in mind, we support efforts that:

  • increase the availability and affordability of fresh, local, healthy food,
  • improve and increase spaces and places for active living, and/or
  • help people increase healthy behaviors

Neighborhood Surrounding the former Saint Luke’s Hospital

The connection between “place” and health is well documented. A person’s zip code can influence health more than their genetic code for myriad reasons that include the above social determinants, as well as other factors. Because of our origin and location, we have a special commitment to "Place" in the Buckeye, Woodhill, Shaker Square, Larchmere, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods.

In an effort to strengthen and improve the neighborhoods around Saint Luke’s to be neighborhoods of choice, we will support efforts that:

  • support infrastructure enhancements (i.e. parks, greenspace, transit, roads),
  • eliminate blight
  • improve safety
  • attract thriving businesses
  • Enhance the quality of life for residents

At SLF we:

  • Demonstrate and advance fair, just and inclusive policies and practices
  • Act with integrity and transparency
  • Respect, have compassion for and engage our diverse constituencies
  • Build trusting partnerships to leverage resources and achieve better outcomes
  • Take informed risks to discover and deploy innovative, sustainable solutions
  • Hold ourselves and grantees accountable for evaluating and continuously learning from our shared efforts and results.

See our values in action

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