We are taking a deliberate approach

We plan to move forward thoughtfully and gradually, ensuring that we are responsible stewards of the resources with which we have been entrusted. We will spend our first year or two listening and learning from community members and partners. Following a thorough and open process that informs our community investment priorities and strategies, we will launch our grantmaking efforts.

Community engagement is a priority

We believe engaging the wisdom and experience of community members is essential to understanding the issues and developing workable solutions. Group Health Cooperative was built on the idea that the best way to serve patients and their families is to involve them in shaping their care. Group Health Community Foundation will carry forward this same allegiance to community, knowing that we will only be successful in reaching our shared goals if we work together.

We invite the community’s vision for what a vibrant, healthy future looks like. Listening and learning—through venues like community forums and advisory groups—will help us discover what is most important in people’s lives.

Equity will drive our efforts

We are committed to equity across race, gender, sexual orientation, politics, age, religion, and class, and will insist on a diversity of perspectives to inform our work. We endeavor to address health from every angle. We know that factors such as racism, poverty, neighborhood disparities, opportunity gaps, and family stability play a role in health—including chronic disease, mental illness, addiction, and homelessness. We are committed to deepening our shared understanding of these issues, and working with communities to address them.

We plan to devote resources to research and test new, integrated approaches to tackle health inequities. We will explore public health initiatives and policy solutions that reveal, inspire, and advance new pathways to improve health. We will evaluate our efforts rigorously, learning from our successes and failures.

We value partnership

We are eager to co-create solutions with people and partners across the state—community groups, nonprofits, philanthropy, academia, business, and government. We are inspired by those who are walking this path, and are humbled by the opportunity to tackle complex challenges together. We know that we don’t have all of the answers, and intend to learn from those who are working diligently to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Join us on this journey

You have the chance to be part of the beginning. We invite you to share your ideas and perspectives with us. Please visit our Connect with Us page to tell us your vision for a healthy, vibrant Washington, and sign up to receive periodic updates.

We look forward to this journey with you. Together, we can accelerate positive changes in health and health policy.