Nearly one in five Americans lacks ready access to a source of primary healthcare. GE is committed to helping reverse this trend, and through our Developing Health™ program, we are increasing patients’ access to primary care in a number of communities across the country.
Recognizing the range of healthcare challenges faced by underserved populations in the United States, GE Foundation launched GE’s Developing Health™ signature program in 2009. This multi-year, $50 million program aims to increase access to primary care for underserved populations by partnering with independent, nonprofit health centers in communities across the United States. The Developing Health program underscores GE’s healthymagination strategy—a commitment to enabling better health, for more people, at lower cost.
Local GE teams engage with designated health centers and offer skills-based, volunteer support across a broad range of area—from process improvements and simplification to marketing programs and leadership coaching. Grants from GE Foundation fund new health center programs in specific areas of need and enable increased access to primary care for community members across a range of needs.
Developing Health is sponsored by GE Foundation, GE Corporate Diversity and healthymagination. Program oversight is provided by GE Foundation, and project work is led locally by GE’s Affinity Networks and employee groups, which include the Asian Pacific American Forum; the Women’s Network; the Hispanic Forum; the African American Forum,;the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies Alliance; and the Veterans Network.
Developing Health was launched in New York City with $1 million in grants awarded to four health centers in the New York metro area. The program has since spread to cities with significant GE populations across the U.S. As of January 2013, the program has reached 32 cities and includes more than 100 health centers, with a total of $37.4 million committed to date to individual organizations. Health centers are typically federally qualified (FQHC-designated) and are selected based on program criteria that center on leadership, accountability, community impact and partnership interest. GE Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for support.
Current program cities and counties include New York, Milwaukee, Houston, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Erie, Fairfield County, Baltimore, Schenectady, Greenville (S.C.), Salt Lake City, Wilmington (N.C.), Chicago, Dayton, New Orleans, Miami, Boston, Grand Rapids, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Nashville, Jackson (Miss.) and Albuquerque. Across this footprint, more than 200 GE Leaders are driving employee engagement that has yielded 93,000 volunteer hours to date for the program.
Download the Developing Health Factsheet here.