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History of the Charities

Vision and Compassion for all
In 1997, out of a sense of mission and a spirit of generosity and concern for the underserved, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and St. Luke's Episcopal Health System (the System) chose to set aside $150,000,000 in a designated fund to establish and sustain St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities. Their vision was a unique one; to create a one-of-a-kind public charity anchored in public health principles and focused on reducing health disparities among the most underserved and vulnerable populations throughout a Texas 57-county service area. The Charities is able to accomplish this goal through its community-based research and informed grantmaking. The mission of the Charities is to increase opportunities for health enhancement and disease prevention, especially among the underserved, and make possible measurable improvement in community health status and individual well-being.      

Through research-informed grantmaking to Texas nonprofits, St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, a separate component of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, improves community health and reduces health disparities.  Our Center for Community-Based Research is dedicated to community-based participatory research practices that foster informed action, collaboration and empowerment for the medically underserved and other vulnerable populations.

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