How We Carry Out Our Mission

The Alliance for Health Equity pursues its mission through grantmaking, providing scholarships, building partnerships and being catalytic to spark new initiatives where they are needed the most. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health, social, emotional, economic conditions among children, teens, and families in the Coatesville Area School District.


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Our Mission

Advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy Greater Coatesville community.

Our Vision

A thriving, inclusive and healthy community for all.



View our Theory of Change models that impact our work 

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Our Guiding Principles



Demonstrate accountability, transparency, and integrity as good stewards of the community’s trust and its resources.


Embody the value that all groups in our community have a voice and have access to resources and opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.


Strengthen internal and external professional and organizational capacity to better serve the community.



Co-create and convene initiatives with cross sector partners to implement policy, system, and environmental change strategies.



Adopt community participatory practices from diverse individuals & perspectives using racial & health equity lens.



Take risks to create ethical and forward thinking solutions that transcend philanthropy’s traditional philosophies and approaches based on charity.



Use data and best practice insights to continually learn, adapt, and improve.


Community Engagement

Be humble and authentic about how the impact of culture, language, race, ethnicity, and shared power plays in our work.

Our History

The Alliance for Health Equity recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Formed in 2001 as a Health Conversion Foundation, from the proceeds and sale of the Brandywine Hospital, the Foundation is a placed-based 501(c)3 philanthropic organization.  Our geographic area includes the Greater Coatesville community which is made up of the nine townships and municipalities within the Coatesville Areas School District. We are proud of our 20 year accomplishments:

  • Removing access to care and services barriers
  • Focusing on health equity and healthy youth
  • Creating many community initiatives
  • Making investments to advance education

The Greater Coatesville community still struggles disproportionately, in comparison to Chester County as a whole, with health and economic disparities. Recognizing that health starts in the home, The Alliance for Health Equity is taking a more holistic approach to health to advance opportunities available in the community.