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Staff of Brooker Memorial review a report together.

Staff of Brooker Memorial. Brooker is a long-standing grantee partner of FCH, through their School-Based Oral Health Program which serves several school districts in Litchfield County.

Photo by Anne Day.

How we learn

Our evaluation tools center the experiences, expertise, and goals of the nonprofits we partner with. We utilize surveys to understand the impact of our unrestricted funding, hold conversations in lieu of written reports, and track key metrics that we believe the strategies of the foundation can be attributed to.

Learning & Results

Members of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, a collaborative effort in northwest Connecticut. FCH provided seed funding to staff the task force which currently is sustiaining its operations through federal funding.

Photo by Anne Day.

How we’re improving

We measure our effectiveness as a trust-based funder through an annual Grantee Perception Survey to understand how our grantee partners perceive our processes and approach to partnership. We regularly identify and share how we’re looking to improve and where we’re making changes.

Ways We’re Improving

Health& is a series designed to explore the ways health influences every aspect of our lives and how our life circumstances impact our health. We offer this series to spark conversation, encourage new thinking, and inform decision making at the local level.

December 21, 2022


As more people experience the burden of severe housing costs, a dangerous spiral ensues — one where more children are living in poverty; more neighbors don’t know where their next meal will come from; and more community members are in poor health.
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November 18, 2022


Where we choose to live — which, by extension, is ultimately dictated by where we can afford to live — impacts our access to key factors of health like quality of schools and employment opportunities to safe communities and nutritious food.
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Inside Webutuck Central School District’s School-Based Health Center. Through our Cultivating Health Grant Program FCH provided funded to support the construction of the health center.

Photo by Anne Day.

May 13, 2022


Less than 11 percent of physicians in the U.S. practice in rural areas, yet about 20 percent of the U.S. population resides in rural areas. For this and a myriad of other reasons, rural Americas tend to be older and sicker than their urban counterparts. In this issue, we’ll focus on rural social determinants of health and how they influence access to services and health outcomes.
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Explore Our Publications

Addressing Gender-Based Violence at its Roots

Despite decades of crisis intervention, policy advancement, and funding for crisis services, domestic violence continues to affect a shockingly large proportion of the population.

Health Profession Rural Summer Immersion Program

Facing critical health care professional shortages in its rural region, FCH spearheaded the creation of a low-cost “pipeline” program to encourage health…

Addressing northwest Connecticut’s Addiction Crisis

Addiction, a chronic illness that changes brain chemistry, disproportionately impacts rural communities, in part, due to insufficient: prevention outreach; addiction treatment and other health care resources…

Improving Children’s Oral Health

In an effort to stem the tide of untreated tooth decay, FCH has invested in school-based oral health preventative services since its inception. More than 7,000 children…