Timeline

In 2015, our Trustees began discussing the social determinants of health, which initiated their equity learning journey. Over the past several years, we have intentionally invited others to share, to challenge, and to engage with us along this equity journey. We’ve assembled this timeline, which shares our milestones and resources, in hopes that it may help others on a similar path.

1957

1957

Richmond Memorial Hospital Founded as Public Community-Owned and Open Staff Hospital

1998

1998

RMHF Established as Independent Health Conversion Foundation from the Sale of Richmond Memorial Hospital

May 2015

Summer Retreat Initiates Equity Conversations

Trustees, Dr. Bill Nelson and Dr. Danny Avula along with team member, Dr. Cynthia Newbille initiate conversations about equity.

Feb 2016

Feb 2016

RMHF Hires Dr. Mark Constantine as President & CEO

Feb 2016

RMHF Establishes Mission, Strategy and Impact (MSI) Taskforce of Board

Gayle Williams, former president of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, guides RMHF Mission, Strategy, and Impact Taskforce to clarify mission, vision, values, ways of working, and strategic framework with focus on Equity + Health.

Mar 2016

RMHF Engages Alice Buhl to Work with Trustees

Consultant, Alice Buhl, works with Trustees to understand governance best practices and reshape roles.

Apr 2016

Apr 2016

RMHF Selects Northern Trust as First Outsourced CIO

May 2016

May 2016

RMHF Engages The Center for Effective Philanthropy to Assemble Grantee and Applicant Feedback about Working with RMHF

June 2016

June 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Invest Health Grant

RWJF selects Richmond for Invest Health grant, which begins to garner attention and resources for the region.

Sept 2016

Sept 2016

Trustees Attend Board Retreat and Learn from Experts

Ambassador James Joseph, Gladys Washington, Betsy Russell and Cory Anderson speak to Trustees about understanding and addressing racial inequities.

Oct 2016

Oct 2016

RMHF Announces Equity + Health Fellowship Program

External reviewers select 18 fellows to participate in the inaugural program.

Jan 2017

Jan 2017

RMHF Host Community Event at the VMFA featuring RWJF's EVP Dr. Jim Marks.

Feb 2017

Feb 2017

Gita Gulati-Partee presents to Board on racial equity

Mar 2017

Mar 2017

Glen Harris Presents at the Carpenter Theatre

Mar 2017

Mar 2017

RMHF Publishes the Market Value Analysis (MVA) Resource Map

Apr 2017

Apr 2017

RMHF hosts Mission Investors Exchange reception and meeting

May 2017

May 2017

RMHF Hosts Equity + Health Fellows Learning Dinner

Fellows, Trustees and Staff hear from special guests: Susan Shumaker (President, Cone Health Foundation), Yanique Redwood (President & CEO, Consumer Health Foundation), Karl Stauber (Retired President & CEO, Danville Regional Foundation), Sherece West-Scantlebury (President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation).

May 2017

RMHF Hires Managing Director for Equity + Health

May 2017-Mar 2018

May 2017-Mar 2018

RMHF Launches HEArts Visiting Artists Program

External reviewers select eight local artists and artist collectives to create works of art that communicate the concept of equity and its significance to residents of the Richmond region.

Sept 2017

Sept 2017

RWJF announces Culture of Health Prize

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Oct 2017

Equity + Health Fellows Share Recommendations with Trustees

Fellows charge RMHF to be a catalyst and champion for greater health and racial equity.

Nov 2017

RMHF Hosts Annual Reception at Black History Museum

Dec 2017

Dec 2017

RMHF Meets with Abby Levine from Alliance for Justice to Discuss Policy and Advocacy

Jan 2018

Jan 2018

RMHF welcomes Dr. Roz Hobson Hargraves and Dr. John Moeser as Trustees.

Jan/Feb 2018

Jan/Feb 2018

Debby Kasemeyer meets with nonprofit partners

Debby Kasemeyer, Director, Community Development & Investments, Northern Trust meets with nonprofit partners to provide support and guidance on financing options.

May 2018

May 2018

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Staff Visit Richmond to Share Learnings

May 2018

May 2018

Mission Investors Exchange Hosts Impact Investing Meeting

May 2018

May 2018

HEArts Exhibit Opens

May 2018

RWJF Awards Connect Capital Grant

RWJF awards a 2-year grant to help Richmond attract and deploy capital at scale to improve residents’ health and increase their access to opportunity.

June 2018

June 2018

RMHF hires Managing Director for Community Investments and the Built Environment

Oct 2018

Equity + Health Fellows Join Task Forces and Committees of the RMHF Board

Oct 2018

Oct 2018

RMHF Launches Refreshed Brand Identity and Website

Oct 2018

Oct 2018

RMHF Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Jan 2019

RMHF Staff Participate in Retreat to Discuss Strategic Framework

March 2019

RMHF Begins Offering Racial Equity Trainings for Grantee Partners

March 2019

RMHF Launches Medicaid Expansion Cohort

March 2019

March 2019

RMHF Launches Class two of Equity + Health Fellows

May 2019

RMHF hosts event at Virginia State University to share Co-learning and Equity cohort projects

Sept 2019

Sept 2019

Albert Walker joins RMHF as Director for Health Equity and Community Building

Sept 2019

Sept 2019

Jamie Bennett Visits Richmond and keynotes Creative Placemaking community event

Oct 2019

National Advisory Board convenes in Richmond

Oct 2019

Trustees Participate in Book Club with Jenkins Foundation

Oct 2019

RMHF Initiates a Collaborative Funders Group

November 2019

November 2019

RMHF Releases New Strategic Framework

Jan 2020

RMHF Issues Open Calls for Funding in Access to Health Care, Built Environment and Arts

April 2020

RMHF Kicks Off the HEAL Initiative

April 2020

RMHF Supports Creation of the Virginia Funders Network

April 2020

RMHF Releases COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

June 2020

RMHF Releases Access to Health Care Grants

June 2020

RMHF Releases Health Equity, Arts and the Built Environment Grants

June 2020

RMHF Transitions to Virtual Racial Equity Trainings