The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization funded by an endowment that works to make Kentuckians healthier. Since it opened its doors in 2001, the Foundation has invested $27 million in health policy advocacy, research, and demonstration projects across the Commonwealth. 


To address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.


A Kentucky where every individual and community reach their highest levels of health.


We will be open and honest with one another, the community, and Foundation grantees. We will encourage in others and hold ourselves to high standards of conduct and ethics. We will be transparent in our work, clear in our communications and accountable for our actions.

In all of our work on behalf of the Foundation, we will show respect for the dignity and value of all the people with whom we interact. The success of the Foundation depends on engaging with, listening to and learning from the ideas and advice of others. We believe that solutions emerge when diverse groups of individuals and organizations come together to share their experiences and expertise.

We will identify and invest in promising opportunities to meet the unmet health needs of Kentuckians. We will evaluate the effectiveness of our strategies and modify our approach as needed so that we continue to learn from our work maximize our impact.

We will be strategic in addressing areas neglected by others, flexible in our response to community health needs, and willing to take informed risks that other agencies may be unwilling or unable to assume. We will use our objectivity and credibility to encourage lasting solutions to Kentucky’s most pressing health challenges through public policy and community change.

We recognize that we cannot achieve our mission alone, and partnerships are important to all we do. At the community level, we seek out local solutions to local health problems. At the state, regional and national levels, we partner with other public and private funders, agencies and institutions to bring more attention and resources to health challenges in Kentucky.

Policy Equity
We will initiate and be receptive to ideas for improving the health of, and striving for health equity among, Kentucky residents. We will be alert to the health impacts of policies, regardless of their source or purpose, and recognize that the work of policy change and community health improvement may require long-term investments.

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