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Connecticut Health Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Connecticut Health Foundation, Inc.

100 Pearl St.

Hartford, CT United States 06103-4506

Telephone: (860) 724-1580


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $109,668,949

Total giving: $2,817,858





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Carol Pollack:; e-mail for Patricia Baker:; e-mail for Lina Paredes:


Established in 2000 in CT; converted in 1999 from Connecticare Health Plan - The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health), which was established in July of 1999, is a non-profit grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the health of the people of Connecticut through systemic change and program innovation. Since it was established, CT Health has funded approximately $50 million in grants. The foundation was created when health maintenance organization (HMO) ConnectiCare, Inc., reorganized and converted into a for-profit entity. Under an agreement approved by the Connecticut Attorney General, CT Health received 100 percent of the equity in ConnectiCare. Private investors purchased CT Health shares in Jan. of 2001, leaving CT Health with an initial endowment totaling $132 million in June of 2001, its 17-member board of directors made a commitment to examine the underlying causes of barriers to health care among the unserved and underserved by directing 5 percent of its endowment toward grantmaking and related support each year. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation focuses on helping more people of color gain better access to quality health care through grant making and policy development. The foundation's approach to expanding health equity involves leveraging its resources and relationships to: 1) Help people get enrolled in affordable health insurance; 2) help them to navigate the health system; 3) transform delivery systems to provide more care that is more comprehensive, affordable and accountable. .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships to residents of CT who demonstrate a basic understanding and potential impact of racial and ethnic health disparities on health status, community stability and the economy of Connecticut .

Health Equity

Earlier this year, Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) announced a strategic shift and new five-year plan that will, incrementally, move it from being a funder with three priority areas (Children's Mental Health, Oral Health and Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities) to a funder with health equity as its central focus. While there is no universal "health equity" definition, health equity to this foundation simply means helping more people of color gain access to better care.

Health Leadership Fellows Program

The program focuses specifically on building leadership skills necessary for creating public will and systems change for health equity. Participants hone skills such as understanding and implementing health systems change solutions, developing strategic messaging and communications, and organizing and working in multi-disciplinary teams. Twenty fellows selected through a competitive process must make a ten-month commitment (Sept. to June) to attend two weekend retreats, monthly seminars, and a leadership project at no cost to them. Each applicant must be a resident of Connecticut or his/her primary work must directly impact the people of Connecticut. The ideal class is composed of representation from multiple sectors and groups most affected by racial and ethnic health disparities. For additional information go to or contact Nancy Nolan, or 860-724-1580.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Dental care
  • Health
  • Health care access
  • Mental health care
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • American Indians
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with psychosocial disabilities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $109,668,949 (market value)

Expenditures: $6,342,857

Total giving: $2,817,858

Qualifying distributions: $6,056,424