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Improving Health Outcomes Through Strategic Philanthropy

Meaningful Giving. Inspired Change.

ICF strives to protect and improve the health of all people, with a focus on underserved communities in Mexico.

We do this by 1) supporting and incubating innovative interventions to address critical public health problems; 2) addressing social determinants of health, such as food insecurity and poverty; and 3) filling gaps in public health systems and services.

ICF has been working with health experts on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border for close to 30 years to identify philanthropic interventions, effective health charities, and innovative solutions to improve healthcare and health outcomes in Mexico.


Putting Your Dollars to Work: Special initiatives

Food Security Alliance:

According to Mexico’s 2016 National Survey of Health and Nutrition, nearly 70% of households are classified in one of 3 categories of food insecurity.  In Baja California Sur (BCS), ICF convened a diverse group of local nonprofits, companies, government agencies, community members and researchers to investigate and pursue concrete solutions to the issue of food insecurity.  Surveys of families in La Paz and Los Cabos’ most vulnerable neighborhoods found that approximately half of respondents lack sufficient resources on a weekly basis to access healthy and fresh food options.  These alarming results served as a call to action, and the Food Security Alliance was born to enable multi-sector collaborative efforts to address this critical social determinant of health in the region.  Over the past few years, the Alliance has continued to solidify, with 80 committed members from 48 different organizations; leading special initiatives in the region to facilitate access to food, education and food production, helping to increase food security for the most vulnerable population.

Read more here or give now to support this important work. 

Dulce Wireless Tijuana:

The current epidemic of diabetes in northern Mexico and around the world highlights the urgent need for innovative, efficient, technology-supported interventions to prevent and monitor the disease. Dulce Wireless Tijuana is a binational, multi-sector intervention combining the chronic care model with 3G wireless internet access for diabetes management, improving patient care and health outcomes for marginalized communities. In April 2016, the study results were published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics and efforts to expand the model to other locations are underway. Watch this video (English | Spanish), read Local News coverage or read the Full Study, or to replicate this scientifically proven model, check out the Online Toolkit.

Recent Grants

In FY2018, ICF contributed $1,120,000 dollars in support of health and human services programs, with a special focus on access and quality of healthcare in Mexico. These include:

Amigos de Los Niños de Cabo San Lucas, A.C.:

$25,000 for “Unidos de Corazon” Pediatric Cardiology Clinic and ADLN free clinics.

Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, A.C.:

$90,000 to support the “Gente Joven” teen outreach program on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Learn about the impacts of Pro-Salud’s diverse health programs from Executive Director, Marcela Marino:


Raiz de Fondo Jardines y Educacion A.C.:

$128,000 for community gardens and cooking & nutrition classes benefiting youth and families in La Paz, Mexico.

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