DALLAS, June 17, 2021 — Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association — the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to a world of longer, healthier lives — has awarded policy campaign grants totaling nearly $1 million to five nonprofit organizations for advocacy campaigns focused on improving health equity with a focus on early care and education, food security and access to water in schools.

The grants range from $50,000 to $250,000 for up to 18 months. They represent the latest round of Voices for Healthy Kids grant funding, to advance public policy that can decrease the gaps in health equity.

“Health and wellbeing are only feasible if we first address basic needs of safe drinking water, healthy foods and quality education for young children,” said Donna Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., B.S.N., volunteer chair of Voices for Healthy Kids’ strategic advisory committee and dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. “These grants are one piece of our commitment to solving deeply sown societal issues that keep entire populations from reaping the health benefits of economic security, nutrition security and access to safe places to be active.”

Grantee Overview

  • 5 awards to organizations in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
  • Awards support policy campaigns at the state, tribal and local levels to:
  • Improve economic security, such as by ensuring children and families have access to quality, affordable early care and education.
  • Increase food security and healthy eating by expanding state funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), increasing access to clean water in schools.

“With deep roots in their communities, the organizations being awarded these grants are vital for improving health by engaging local residents in creating desired changes in the places they call home. The social impact of their work will be felt by children and families across their community,” said Lori Fresina, vice president and executive director of Voices for Healthy Kids at the American Heart Association.

Voices for Healthy Kids, which receives financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other funders, works around the country to improve or create equitable policies that will make the places all kids, live, learn and play healthier. The initiative supports local, tribal and state policy change efforts that will dramatically improve the health of children who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and Alaskan Native or families who have low income through grant opportunities, technical assistance and capacity building. Additional opportunities for funding will be made available each spring and fall at https://voicesforhealthykids.org/campaign-resources/grants.


About Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids is an initiative of the American Heart Association, working to make each day healthier for all children. Voices for Healthy Kids empowers advocates to take action in their communities and improve the health of children across the nation. Join us at  VoicesForHealthyKids.org, on Twitter @Voices4HK and Facebook.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public's health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org , Facebook , Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

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