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Lloyd H. Dean Institute for Humankindness & Health Justice

We are on a mission to leverage the power of humankindness to address health disparities in communities across the country, address the social causes of poor health and advance health justice. The Institute is a convener and catalyst for evidence-based humankindness and health justice initiatives across CommonSpirit Health and serves as a resource for the healthcare sector.


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Lloyd Dean

“The most innovative thing that I’ve seen in health care yet is a simple and proven idea — that kindness has the power to heal.”

-Lloyd H. Dean, Chief Executive Emeritus and Foundation Executive, CommonSpirit Health

What we do

Learn more about the Institute's strategic priorities and how we're transforming ideas into action.

  • Humankindness in action

    Health justice begins with humankindness. The Institute is investing in programs and initiatives that advance the science of kindness, compassion, empathy and trust.

  • Healthier communities

    Many factors impact wellness. The Institute invests in programs that foster thriving communities and address social determinants of health.

  • Economic mobility and stability

    Unstable financial circumstances are directly linked to poor health outcomes. The Institute is working to address access to health resources and remove economic barriers.

Help build healthier communities

Real change requires strong collaborations and engaged partners. Our donors are essential to our efforts to advance health justice and build healthier communities. Learn more about the Institute’s strategic priorities and how we’re transforming ideas into action.