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04 Mar: Unveiling Disparities: An In-Depth Exploration of Women’s Healthcare Inequities

Despite historical progress, healthcare and economic challenges persist East of the River, gravely impacting Black women who reside in Wards 7 and 8 communities. Recognizing the urgency is the first step to uncovering patterns that display systemic issues. We believe that every individual deserves the chance to thrive, regardless of socioeconomic status, and that collective action is of utmost importance today.

08 Feb: Why is D.C.’s Healthcare Sector So Inequitable?

In collaboration with D.C. Health, a Mayoral Task Force invited JBRF to delve into the longstanding systemic challenges affecting healthcare workforce development in Washington, D.C. What emerged in the form of a report were key stressors and strategic recommendations to enhance healthcare accessibility, reduce unemployment, and empower underrepresented populations, particularly focusing on improving opportunities for Black women in the healthcare sector.

06 Feb: The problem of inequity in D.C.’s healthcare workforce

Revealing the complex challenges of inequity in Washington, D.C.’s healthcare workforce, this narrative delves into the unique perspective of the Mayor’s Healthcare Task Force. Uncovering historical barriers, implicit biases, and the subtle intricacies of structural unemployment, readers are invited to unravel the nuanced issues hindering genuine equity in healthcare employment and outcomes in the nation’s capital.

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05 Jan: Philanthropy’s Role in Fostering a Diverse Health Care Workforce

The first step to creating diverse healthcare opportunities begings with confronting the challenges that a community is facing, such as implicit biases and systemic racism.

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05 Dec: The Importance of Compensating Lived Experience in Philanthropy

The traditional approach in philanthropy often overlooks the importance of compensating community members for their contributions. This oversight not only undervalues their input but can also perpetuate systemic inequalities.

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13 Nov: Spotlight: Edward (Ted) J. Miller, Jr., Chairman, JBRF

Chairman of the Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation, Ted Miller, speaks about its early days, and his aspirations for the foundation’s future.

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07 Nov: Empowering Black Women East of the River: Overcoming Economic Barriers

Black women experience cancer at significantly higher rates than their white counterparts, and the economic disparities are glaring. Closely working with the community using a trust-based philanthropy model uncovered the relationship between physical and economic health. How can we, in philanthropy, prevent Black women from getting caught in a vicious cycle of poor financial and physical health?

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05 Nov: Root Cause Analysis: The Bedrock of Our Mission for Community Health and Empowerment

Root Cause Analysis helped us go beyond surface level problem solving. By asking “why” at each layer of an issue, we can delve deeper into the true origins of a complex challenge that moves us beyond superficial symptoms and uncovers the core factors at the foundation.

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06 Oct: How Do Economic Disparities Influence Black Women’s Cancer Journeys?

Access to quality health care is a fundamental determinant of health outcomes. Similarly, economic disparities have an equal and direct impact on accessibility to quality healthcare. In this blog, we discuss the web of socioeconomic factors and their role in shaping Black women’s experience navigating cancer.

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04 Oct: Equity at the Intersection: Why JBRF’s Focus on Race and Geography Matters

Recognizing the role of community identity, data, and intersectionality in our philanthropic pursuits at JBRF.

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18 Sep: How JBRF Navigates Biases in Grantmaking

Our trust-based philanthropic approach helps us overcome biases we encounter in our grantmaking process.

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07 Aug: The Future of BWTEotR: Welcoming Nakeisha Neal Jones, the new ED

JBRF is proud to welcome Nakeisha Neal Jones as the inaugural executive director for Black Women Thriving East of the River.

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25 Jul: A Blueprint for Change: Empowering Community Members to Drive Solutions

In November of 2019, we launched a new initiative rooted in the trust-based philanthropy model to authentically engage, empower, and center the voices and needs of the community. For JBRF, those happened to be the Black women residing in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.

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19 Jul: What Does Trust-Based Philanthropy Look Like?

At the Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation (JBRF), we champion change from the ground up by working with community members to identify their most pressing needs.

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17 May: Shifting Priorities to Address Inequities: JBRF’s Commitment to Black Women’s Health and Economic Opportunities

In line with its founding mission to care for D.C. residents, the Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation (JBRF) began its work…

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Born in 1847 in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Jane Bancroft Robinson was a minister’s daughter who lived in a time when…