GSK Announces $500,000 Charitable Grant Program for a Healthier St. Louis

GSK Announces $500,000 Charitable Grant Program for a Healthier St. Louis

New phase of GSK “Healthy Communities” initiative will explore innovative, collaborative approaches for improving health
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 10:30am

CAMPAIGN: Building Healthy Communities

CONTENT: Press Release

October 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ - GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK] today announced a new $500,000 pilot charitable grant program to foster a healthier St. Louis. The GSK IMPACT Grants are a key element of the company’s national initiative to examine the barriers and identify opportunities to build healthier communities in the United States. Innovative networks of nonprofit organizations that work to help disadvantaged youth live healthier lives are invited to apply for an 18-month grant to be awarded in St. Louis as well as in Denver.

Community factors such as access to healthy foods and recreational spaces, education, safety, and the support of families and social networks are major determinants of individual health.[1] Addressing these influences was a central point of discussion among St. Louis leaders convened in a “Conversation on Community Health” sponsored by GSK in December 2012, and in ensuing discussions the company conducted with local Missouri health experts.

“We know that building healthy communities takes a team effort, which means nonprofits, businesses, educators, and others must work together to develop innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Deirdre Connelly, President, North America Pharmaceuticals at GSK. “We are investing in a collaborative effort to address the unique health challenges of Denver, with the goal of making a lasting impact on the community and its future generations.” 

GSK’s investment will fund an established network of charitable community organizations working together to improve the health of St. Louis’s disadvantaged youth. The network will include an evaluation partner with public health expertise who will measure program impact. Insights gained from the GSK IMPACT Grants pilot will be shared with other communities to help inform their approach to health, and will also guide GSK’s future approach to charitable grants. 

Through the GSK IMPACT Grants, GSK will also aim to bring core company capabilities and expertise to support the community health efforts of the grantees.

  • Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a conference call hosted by GSK on Wednesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET to walk through the grant application and address any questions. Register now for the GSK IMPACT Grants Conference Call.

Healthy Communities – As part of GSK’s longstanding commitment to building Healthy Communities, last year the company launched a national initiative designed to better understand the barriers and identify opportunities for building healthier communities in the United States. This initiative included a series of events, called “Conversations on Community Health,” which were held in three cities: Philadelphia (September 2012), St. Louis (December 2012), and Denver (February 2013); a National Advisory Council convening in New York City (February 2013), and the release of a national survey (March 2013). Phase one uncovered new insights about what it means, and what it takes to build a healthy community.  Phase two, which includes the GSK IMPACT Grants, will leverage that knowledge and demonstrate innovative ways local organizations and businesses can work together to make a meaningful difference in communities.

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