Health & Human Services

The health of a community can only be as strong as the well-being of its people. We support efforts to reduce racial disparities in health and wellbeing by providing Baltimore City residents with equitable access to food, housing, healthcare, and legal services. We fund organizations that provide direct services, advocate for more equitable policies and systems, and lead public health initiatives.  

Our investments in health and human services include projects that:

  • Support families with young children
  • Increase access to high quality health services
  • Address social determinants of health, such as financial insecurity and food insecurity
  • Provide Baltimore City youth with rich experiences and relationships that help them develop their interests and identities on their way to young adulthood
  • Deliver comprehensive services to people experiencing homelessness
  • Provide comprehensive services to immigrants
  • Support survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking
Program Officers: Terry Staudenmaier and Liz Tung

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Learn more about our eligibility and review criteria, and small and regular grants processes.

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Featured Work in Health & Human Services

Photo courtesy of B’more for Healthy Babies

Abell Report: B’more for Healthy Babies: The Story Behind the Data

B’more for Healthy Babies (BHB) is a multidisciplinary public health strategy to improve maternal and child health outcomes. BHB has made a significant difference in Baltimore City, cutting the racial disparity between Black and white infant deaths by more than half. This report explains what has made BHB so effective.

Abell Report: Evaluating the Cost of Lead Hazard Control and Abatement in Baltimore City

Too many children continue to be exposed to deteriorating lead-based paint in their homes. This Abell report examines what it would take for Baltimore City to tackle the urgent problem of lead paint poisoning.

Photo courtesy of ShareBaby.

Issue Brief: Addressing Basic Human Needs

Baltimore has many community-based organizations that are dedicated to helping families in crisis meet their basic needs by distributing food, supplies, and flexible financial assistance. The Abell Foundation has a long history of supporting these organizations, which play a vital role in sustaining Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents. This case study highlights three such organizations.

Past Grants

Learn more about our grantees and their work to enhance the quality of life in Baltimore.
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    Header photo courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul.