Well Being Trust
Providence’s Well Being Trust is a foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health for all.
When Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health came together in 2016 to form Providence St. Joseph Health, the newly formed health system promised to transform the way care is delivered and to address the greatest health needs in its communities. To deliver on this commitment, Providence St. Joseph Health made a $100 million investment, plus an additional $30 million to be invested in California from 2017 to 2019, as an endowment to create the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, later renamed Well Being Trust, an independent 501(c)(3) organization.
Since its founding in 2016, Well Being Trust has helped to shape vital public policy changes, community and organizational practice changes, and bring new philanthropic investment to fill gaps, and this work will have a lasting impact on the nation.
In 2022, Well Being Trust’s efforts pivoted to improving the mental health and well-being of communities within the Providence footprint of Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Under the leadership of Arpan Waghray, M.D., CEO, Providence’s Well Being Trust, the organization is focusing its efforts on:
- Easing access to care and to the determinants of well-being.
- Building resilience in children, teens, and families.
- Reducing suffering from depression, anxiety and social isolation.
- Decreasing addiction and substance use, while promoting recovery.
- Eliminating disparities in mental health and substance use access and quality outcomes.
- Creating hope for people and families living with serious mental illness.
- Eliminating stigma everywhere, and growing a culture of well-being to create healthy, resilient communities.
- Improving the mental health and well-being of all health care workers.
Providence’s Well Being Trust also maintains strong national partnerships with the American Hospital Association, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Work2BeWell, The Kennedy Forum, The Catholic Health Association of the United States and other like-minded partners to ensure as large an impact as possible.