Community Health Delivery
The Pershing Square Foundation’s investment in Partners in Health (PIH) was not just in support of one organization; PIH also created a model which demonstrates that it was possible to hire and train community health workers to visit patients in their homes, deliver medications, and guide them through treatment. We have seen a revolution in the way in which service providers, funders and governments see allies in communities – men and women on the front lines of daily health challenges – as essential to the delivery of basic health. In addition to PIH, PSF has been fortunate to partner with numerous organizations innovating on this community health model. Living Goods, for example, empowers health entrepreneurs in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, and Myanmar to deliver life-saving products and education to the doorsteps of the poor. In doing so, Living Goods dramatically lowers child mortality and improves livelihoods, reducing under-five mortality by more than 27%. In Liberia, Last Mile Health
is now a national model. A similar revolution is taking place closer to home, and PSF takes great pride in its early investment in organizations like Health Leads, the Boston-based social enterprise that works with healthcare organizations across the U.S. to create cost-effective interventions that connect patients to community-based resources they need to be healthy – from food and transportation to healthcare benefits.