OUR HISTORY

The Endowment for Health is a private foundation that funds health-related projects across the State of New Hampshire and works to help shape equitable health policies. We believe that improving health must address many aspects of a person’s life, not just health care.

Our foundation was created in 1999 following the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire to Anthem Insurance Companies. The proceeds of the sale of the nonprofit insurance provider to the for-profit company became the assets of New Hampshire's version of a statewide health care conversion foundation -- a growing national trend at the time. After nine public hearings around the state seeking input on how the Endowment should be structured and how its funds should be allocated, our foundation was "born."

Endowment for Health Timeline

1999

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield NH sold to Anthem Insurance Companies
  • Public hearings conducted across NH to determine structure and use of Endowment
  • Endowment for Health officially incorporated (Oct. 29)

2000

  • Board of Directors and Advisory Council elected
  • Board policies developed
  • Investment portfolio created and consultant hired
  • Organizational structure established
  • Search for first EH president began

2001

  • Staff hired, including Dr. James Squires as EH's first president and Mary Vallier-Kaplan who joined as EH's first program director
  • Statewide forums held to introduce Endowment to potential grantees
  • Theme focus areas developed (oral health and three barriers to accessing health: geographic, social cultural and economic)
  • First grants awarded ($2,800,000 to 38 organizations to a total of 41 grants)
  • Office operations established at 14 South Street

2002

  • Oral Health public policy efforts get underway
  • Website launched
  • Endowment begins participation in Medical Interpretation Advisory Board (MIAB)

2003

  • Endowment begins data gathering effort leading to Pillars Project, with funding for a Citizens Roundtable of community, business and health care leaders
  • Endowment holds its first Strategic Planning Retreat to further define its focus
  • New Hampshire Oral Health Plan: A Framework for Action is released
  • Began funding InShape, a Local Funding Partner Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for total EH investment of $300,000

2004

  • Pillars Project launched
  • Watch Your Mouth public awareness campaign launched to educate about the correlation between oral health and overall health
  • Stepping Up to the Future -- A healthier Health Care System for New Hampshire report released
  • NH Community Loan Fund investment made (first Mission Related Investment)
  • EH supported important analysis with research from Georgetown University on a proposed Medicaid waiver

2005

  • New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative formed
  • Public policy grants introduced
  • NH Medical Interpretation Strategic Plan released
  • First online proposal received

2006

  • Groundbreaking research on hospital cost shifting is funded
  • Ongoing public policy work on a variety of health and health care issues

2007

  • Health Strategies of New Hampshire, Inc. formed (operating foundation)
  • Endowment concludes its oral health theme having awarded 78 grants valued at $5.3 million
  • Value statements approved

2008

  • Endowment launches five-year, multi-million dollar initiative around children's mental health

2009

  • Grant awards exceed $30 million
  • Social Cultural theme revised with a focus on racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities
  • Program Related Investing (PRI) launched for select safety-net providers

2010

  • The Endowment for Health celebrates a decade of program work!

2011

  • NH Citizens Health Initiative becomes part of UNH Institute for Health, Policy and Practice
  • Founding President James W. Squires retires from the organization
  • EH launches a national search for its next president
  • Geographic Barriers theme concludes

2012

  • Steven Rowe joins EH as President
  • EH Board of Directors renews its commitment to the Children's Mental Health theme for an additional 5 years
  • Social Cultural theme is re-framed with a new name: Advancing Health Equity

2013

  • Interim President Mary Vallier-Kaplan retires from the Endowment
  • New Strategic Plan Launched for Next Five Years
  • Endowment Introduces Work in Early Childhood Development and Elder Health
  • New offices established at One Pillsbury Street, Concord

2014

  • Advisory Groups Convened to Assist the Endowment in Identifying its Unique Role in its Two New Priority Areas:  Ensuring the Health and Dignity of Elders and Ensuring the Healthy Development of Young Children
  • Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry joins Endowment as Vice President for Programs
  • Endowment funds planning grants in four NH communities and launches Immigrant Integration Initiative

2015

  • Steve Rowe departs to head Maine Community Foundation
  • Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry appointed Endowment for Health President
  • Sue Fulton appointed Chief Financial Officer
  • EH collaborates with funders across Northern New England to launch the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging

2016

  • Melina Hill Walker joins the Endowment as Program Director
  • The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging is launched