ChristianaCare Community Investment Fund donates $2 million to health initiatives

WILMINGTON – ChristianaCare has invested $2 million in its health care system rebranding to an organization that provides health care to the people it serves, by creating a community investment fund that supports 32 community organizations statewide.

More than 100 people gathered at the Francis X. Norton Center in Wilmington on Thursday, Dec. 12 to hear a motorcade of speakers talk about improving health outcomes; making high-quality care more affordable; build community confidence in the health care system; fight the sense of hopelessness in Wilmington neighborhoods; and, as Mayor Mike Purzycki put it, to create a “just city with an enduring sense of fairness, welcoming and respectful.” Most also mentioned #ForTheLoveOfHealth”, which is part of the ChristianaCare brand renewal.

“There are so many organizations in our community that provide important and effective services that help people lead healthier lives,” said ChristianaCare President and CEO Dr. Janice E. Nevin. “Through these investments, we can help them sustain and grow these efforts, as we work together to positively impact our community.

The ChristianaCare Community Investment Fund supports partnerships to build collective community capacity to address social, behavioral and environmental factors that impact health, said Erin Booker, vice president of community health and commitment to ChristianianaCare.

Erin Booker

“Grantees were selected based on the quality of their proposals and implementation plans, and the alignment of their proposals with key ChristianaCare priorities. Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Implementation Plan,” Booker said, adding that ChristianaCare reached out to hundreds of community members to ask about their personal needs and barriers to good health.

Speaker and donation recipient Sue Ryan of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence describes the event as a “celebration of authenticity.”

“You can look in the mirror and remember you’re good eggs and doing a good job,” Ryan told the audience, which drew smiles from across the room.

Bettina Riveros

Bettina Riveros, health equity manager for ChristianaCare, said the program has been in development for about 18 months and was developed alongside the rebranding of the health system.

“We’re looking at that across our organization,” Riveros said. “We have a strong, well-coordinated leadership team that is focused on aligning our resources to increase our effectiveness and impact in our community so that all Delawareans can achieve their best health.”

Here are the community organizations (and their projects) that have received funding from the ChristianaCare Community Investment Fund. ChristianaCare did not break down the amounts for each donation.


  1. Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (HFHNCC): A brush with kindness.
  2. Be Ready Community Development Corporation (BRCDC): Court of Solomon.

Mental Health

  1. AIDS Delaware: Expansion of mental health program.
  2. Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD): DACD Health and Wellness Initiative 2019-2020.
  3. St. Paul’s Family Counseling Center: Build the capacity of providers to meet the mental health needs of the Latinx population.
  4. Jewish Family Services of Delaware (JFS): Case management to help fragile clients in mental health therapy succeed.
  5. National Association of Social Workers of Delaware (NASW-DE): Decreasing disparities and improving health outcomes through provider-based intervention.

Substance use disorder

  1. Northeast Processing Centers, Inc.: Improved post-processing services program with NETWorks Recovery Support Center.
  2. TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services: TRIAD has received funding to recruit a clinical advisor.

Maternal and child health

  1. Planned Parenthood of Delaware (PPDE): Maternal and child health program to support comprehensive reproductive health services and promote positive birth outcomes by addressing the social determinants of health.
  2. Michael’s school and nursery: St. Michael’s mindfulness program to meet the social and emotional needs of young children.
  3. The Life Health Center (LHC): TLHC Maternal and Child Health Program.

Access to dental and primary care

  1. Ministry of Benevolence: Case management triage.
  2. Communities in Delaware Schools (CISDE): Equitable responses for adolescent services and education.

Food Justice

  1. Wilmington Metropolitan Urban League (MUWL): Youth agriculture project, success matters.

Violence and public safety

  1. Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV): Domestic Violence – Community Health Worker Collaborative Project (DV-CHW).
  2. Abuse Survivors in Recovery Inc. (SOAR): Trauma training for mental health professionals to help victims of sexual abuse in underserved communities.
  3. YWCA Delaware Inc: Sexual and Domestic Violence Medical Community Engagement Project.

Poverty, employment and economic opportunities

  1. Central Baptist Community Development Corporation (CBC-DC): Eastside Rising Workforce Development.
  2. True access to capital: Community Up!
  3. UrbanPromise Wilmington: StreetLeader Vocational Training Program – Academic Initiative.
  4. West End neighborhood house: Bright Spot Farm Young Farmers Program (also Food Justice).
  5. Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council, Inc. (DCRAC): The school of money.
  6. New Start Project Inc.: New back-to-school program.


  1. Brandywine Social Club: Maintenance of quality of life.
  2. Rodel Foundation: Child development and community birthday celebrations.

Social determinants of health and other programs

  1. Latin American Community Center (LACC): Community health program.
  2. Literacy Delaware: Health literacy programs.
  3. Lori’s hands: Improved program evaluation and strengthened SDOH training.
  4. Neighborhood House, Inc: Vision 2020 neighborhood house.
  5. Delaware Philanthropy: Share Delaware – Phase Two.
  6. HepAware: Create a HepAware multimedia presence to expand access to hepatitis care and education across the state.

The application process for next year’s funding will open in June 2020.

By Peter Osborne

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Jill E. Washington