Health & Well-Being

Investment Area: Healthy People

Healthy people are not merely free of disease or sickness, but also thrive physically, socially and emotionally. The Richard King Mellon Foundation will support efforts that strive to improve outcomes for individuals and communities in each of the three priority areas described below: Chronic Conditions, Mental & Behavioral Health, and Maternal & Child Health. We aim to consider projects that deploy one or more of five approaches in service of improving outcomes in these priority areas. These approaches include improving access, strengthening skills & capacities of providers, expanding prevention efforts, supporting education & empowerment, and supporting systems change.

Priority: Chronic Conditions – Chronic conditions are physical conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention and/or limit activities of daily living. Chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are the leading causes of death in the United States and a leading driver of health-care costs. 

Priority: Mental and Behavioral Health – Mental and behavioral health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being, as well as actions that impact health, such as substance use, drinking, and smoking. Mental and behavioral health helps determine how individuals handle stress, relate to others, and make choices, and lays the foundation for our ability to thrive. 

Priority: Maternal and Child Health - Maternal and child health issues result from the accumulation of risk factors before, during, and after pregnancy. The health and well-being of mothers, infants, and children determine the health of the next generation, and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the health care system.


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