Community Grand Rounds Receives $250,000 Grant for Evaluation
Sep 11, 2019 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the United States’ largest philanthropy focused solely on health, recently awarded a $250,000 grant in support of Community Grand Rounds: Healing the Trauma of Racism, a speaker series hosted by Spectrum Health Lakeland. Launched in 2018, Community Grand Rounds features local and nationally recognized speakers who address issues of structural racism, health equity, and population health. The grant will support leadership development and evaluation of the program, which also engages the community in a dialogue on the impact of racism on health inequities.

“This grant enables us to evaluate Community Grand Rounds more effectively,” said Lynn Todman, PhD, executive director of population health, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “It also makes it possible for us to cultivate local leadership which is essential for building a culture of health in Southwest Michigan. Using what we learn, we will develop ways to create meaningful solutions to the inequities our communities are facing.”

“We are thrilled to be support the learning that this community dialogue promises,” said Kay Felix, MD, managing director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In addition to her work with Lakeland, Dr. Todman was appointed a Culture of Health Leader by the foundation in 2018. In this capacity, she will spend three years receiving leadership training that will help her create a health system/community action plan to narrow health inequities in the region.

Community Grand Rounds is a collaborative effort between Spectrum Health Lakeland and The Todman Family Foundation. For more information, including a complete list of upcoming events, visit  

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