Essential to Wellness

Building healthy communities where our employees live and work. 


The 2016 application is now closed.

We appreciate the work of our community partners to impact health and wellness and for many years we have provided financial support to continue this great work. In 2016, the Cardinal Health Foundation committed over $250,000 to support community programs that improve health and wellness in communities where a large number of our employees live and work. Grants ranging from $1,000 to

$15,000 were awarded to nearly 50 non-profit organizations. In 2017, we anticipate a commitment of $200,000 to our community and look forward to working more closely with our non-profit partners on initiatives that help create healthy and vibrant communities.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Essential to Wellness Grant Program!

The 2017 Essential to Wellness Grant Program will focus funding in Little Rock, Arkansas; Lake County, Illinois; Radcliff, Kentucky; Puerto Rico; and Twinsburg, Ohio.  We focus on these geographic areas because we have large groups of employees that live and work in these regions.  We believe health and wellness is a key to the success of our employees and we want to make their communities healthy too.

In 2017, we will be choosing proposals that focus on some or all of the following areas:

  • The many dimensions of wellness
    is much more than strictly physical health, exercise or nutrition. The ETW grant program will accept proposals that cover the various aspects of wellness, in particular:
    • Social Wellness - the ability to connect with other people in our world through positive relationships
    • Emotional Wellness - the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges that life can bring
  • Promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children, families and the elderly
    Chronic diseases are increasing at a rapid pace. One in three Americans experiences cardiovascular disease, one in ten experiences diabetes and childhood obesity rates have tripled in the past 20 years. To address these trends, the Cardinal Health Foundation funds local preventive health initiatives that encourage healthy lifestyles. We are specifically interested in projects that:
    • Focus on the early years of life when health habits are formed
    • Make school and afterschool environments healthy
    • Engage others to more fully address the issue
  • Encouraging health literacy, patient education and engagement
    Healthcare is more complex than ever and the risk of miscommunication is great. This risk is not limited to those who cannot read. Health literacy is also impacted by educational, social, socioeconomic and cultural factors. The Cardinal Health Foundation funds organizations and programs that create patient- and family- centered medical environments that stress clear communication and enable individuals to better understand and act on healthcare information and manage personal health.

All proposals are due by January 20, 2017 (11:59pm EST) and must be submitted by electronic application. 

Please contact the Cardinal Health Foundation at with any questions.

Learn more

ETW Request for Proposal Guidelines and Instructions

51KB – PDF

ETW Grant Program Budget Template

68KB – XLS

2015 Recipients of Essential to Wellness Grants

43KB – PDF