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What We and Our Partners Achieved
The pandemic has been an incredibly big challenge for schools across the country… The encouragement, support, and education from the Foundation have prepared us to do this as safely as possible.Eva StoneJefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky
Expanding Access to Vaccines
The breakthrough development of vaccines was just a first step. Distribution, especially to those living in underserved communities, was another challenge. To meet it, the Foundation worked with partners to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, both in the United States and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) around the world.
Even as The Rockefeller Foundation worked to end the Covid-19 pandemic, we sought to detect, prevent, and mitigate similar crises. The cornerstone of this work was our commitment of $150 million in 2021 to establish a Pandemic Prevention Institute (PPI). We believed that a global network of partners, using a democratized data platform and predictive analytics, could provide early insight into where epidemics might be emerging. We misjudged that an independent institute was required, and that the Foundation’s history of public health work and establishing independent institutions made us well positioned to build one.
What we learned
Over the last three years, we have learned many critical lessons around promoting an equitable and effective public health response in the many communities we serve. In doing so, we recognized major opportunities for growth.
First, we must continue to cultivate meaningful relationships with hyper-local, community-based organizations, and respond to their needs in a relevant way.
We must know when to lead and when to lift. Our attempt to quickly build and launch the Pandemic Prevention Institute during a time of unprecedented rapid change was an effort to meet the moment, but institution-building requires a deep understanding of the market, long incubation periods, solid assets, and a clear strategic plan to be successful.
Lastly, we realized just how powerful mainstream and social media can be to deliver and amplify evidence-based messaging. A voice that amplifies a unified message can help reduce confusion and streamline the response.
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While building alliances to fight the pandemic, the Foundation moved with equal diligence to increase economic opportunity as Covid-19 was strangling economies around the world.
We helped transform food systems in ways that help people produce and eat Good Food—food that is nutrient-dense, regeneratively grown, and equitably supplied and accessed.
Impact Report - Reflecting on three years of impact and insight.