Created in 1997 as a separate component of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities (SLEHC) is a research-based, grant-making (non-operating) charity with 501(c)3 status committed to taking healthcare beyond the walls of the public hospital and out into the community.
Targeting public health and prevention in the area’s most underserved neighborhoods, SLEHC has touched the lives of more than 13 million people throughout Southeast Texas. Funders and researchers alike recognize that more effective and sustainable interventions and outcomes are often possible with research practices built on community partnerships. Our grantmaking decisions are informed by research.
Specifically, community-based research aids in forming collaborative groups and developing strategies for addressing the needs of underserved neighborhoods or vulnerable populations. Due diligence is performed on all new grant applicants to assure that the organization is an effective and healthy nonprofit and the request is not for an unnecessary duplication of an existing service.
The Center for Community-Based Research
SLEHC has developed a nationally recognized Center for Community-Based Research through partnering with area institutions, universities and national and local funders to help reduce health disparities. Using a community-based participatory research approach, SLEHC researchers engage community members at the neighborhood level to help ensure successful interventions. The Center includes an academy for training community research partners, a program of Scholars in Residence and an Internship Program for public health, social work, health administration, political science, pre-medical studies, nursing and geographic information system (GIS) students.
As an expression of the Healing Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and in partnership with the Diocese and the community, St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities (SLEHC) increases opportunities for health enhancement and disease prevention, especially among the underserved, and makes possible measurable improvement in community health status and individual well-being.
Learn more about St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities at SLEHC.org.