Launched in 2016, the Hortense and Louis Rubin Community Health Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region was created with the initial proceeds from the operation and sale of the Rubin Dialysis Centers.
The Rubin Fund honors the Rubin Family legacy, rooted in caring for others. Throughout their lives,
Louis and Hortense gave their time and energy to supporting organizations that raised our quality of living and lifted our entire community. It is with this spirit that the Rubin Community Health Fund was created to honor their generosity.
Today, the Rubin Family’s passion and commitment continues to inspire the grantmaking from the Hortense and Louis Rubin Community Health Fund.
Driving Change Toward Healthier Communities
Chronic kidney disease is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well
as healthy kidneys. Kidney disease poses significant challenges to individuals, families, and communities
throughout the Greater Capital Region, particularly in historically under resourced zip codes.
Research shows that chronic kidney disease is intricately tied to social determinants, which significantly
influence health behaviors. These determinants encompass a wide range of factors, including access to
healthy foods, peer behaviors and limited physical activity. The most common risk factors for chronic kidney disease are diabetes and obesity.
Understanding the risk factors and the social determinants are crucial in addressing chronic kidney disease and promoting healthier choices within communities. The Rubin Community Health Fund uses local data trends to identify the challenges facing our region to support programs that promote healthy living, access to healthcare, and preventative initiatives to create a healthier future for our neighbors.