Bronson Health Foundation Equity Initiatives

Bronson Health Foundation Community Health Initiatives

Bronson Health Foundation has invested in paving a more inclusive path forward for our system and region. Our staff and leadership are on a journey to understanding our role in supporting equitable solutions to deep-seeded challenges, and ensuring that our decisions are intentionally advancing the health of all members of our community. Bronson Health Foundation is committed to investing and supporting initiatives that pave that inclusive path. These initiatives include:

Ensuring babies and mothers get their best start

  • Community Health Workers - a team dedicated to building relationships in the community to reduce infant mortality rates.
  • Cradle Kalamazoo - an organization dedicated to reducing infant death and promote respect for families, women and their children.
  • Mothers' Milk Bank - when a new mother is unable to provide breast milk, pasteurized milk from a healthy donor is the next best thing.
  • Sleep Sacks - each infant born at Bronson BirthPlace - Battle Creek is provided a sleep sack to ensure they have their safest start.

Advocating for families

  • Camp Catch-A-Rainbow - provides the opportunity for children undergoing cancer treatment or in remission to have a camp experience free-of-charge. Additionally, Bronson doctors and nurses volunteer their own time to provide 24-hour access to health care professionals to meet the cancer care needs of these campers.
  • Childhood Injury Prevention - educational programs to keep kids safe.
  • FUSE Program - a community collaborative which provides members from the homeless community with wrap-around services through Bronson primary care, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission.
  • Patients in Need Fund - a fund that supports patients with out of pocket medical needs.
  • SNAP-Ed - an organization dedicated to providing nutrition and health education to local families.

Analyzing foundation funded programs

By utilizing an internally developed Equity Lens Tool to better understand our work. To better promote equity, we must consider the impacts a practice or program may have on members of a community.

In 2018, Bronson Healthcare made formal its commitment to this work when leadership signed the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Pledge. You can read more about the pledge here. This commitment focuses our efforts in developing stronger cultural competencies, improving the ways we see and understand who each of our patients are as a unique person, investing and participating in community partnerships, and increasing the diversity of our leadership and governance structures.

Our community has also shared with us the differences members experience within healthcare and the resulting gaps in health outcomes. Our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment can be found here. The social determinants of health, including race, education, financial and housing stability, to name just a few, shine a light on how we might better impact health outcomes for our community by focusing on social and institutional inequities.