Health equity grants awarded to groups helping low-income DC residents

Foundation: Greater Washington Community Foundation

"We can go all the way back to a period where Black people were here as chattel property and were unable to have any means of production for themselves, all the way up to redlining and the inability for Black people to have access to the GI Bill, or access to mortgages, to present-day predatory mortgages with higher fees for some of the same services, interest-only loans' and discrimination in the workplace," Tonia Wellons, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, tells the Washington Post.

Wellons' foundation last year created the Health Equity Fund, which is awarding $9.2 million in funding to 32 nonprofit groups in Washington, DC, targeting health disparities.

"We can point back to governmental decisions that led to the gap," Wellons says.

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