The de Beaumont Foundation was created in 1998 by Pierre S. (Pete) de Beaumont, with the broad purpose to relieve human suffering. Mr. de Beaumont wanted the Foundation to have a broad mandate and supported a concentration on public health, where he thought his resources could make the biggest impact. He gave the Board of Directors ultimate discretion in the choice of funding priorities. The Foundation was fully funded after Mr. de Beaumont’s death in December 2010.
de Beaumont Timeline
Pierre “Pete” S. de Beaumont incorporates an independent, private foundation. Bylaws are adopted, naming the following directors: Mr. Pierre S. de Beaumont; James Sprague, MD; Murray Brennan, MD; and Leroy Parker, MD.
The de Beaumont Foundation is awarded 501(c) (3) status as a tax-exempt private foundation.
The de Beaumont Foundation awards its first grant to the Molecular Immunology Foundation to support cancer vaccine research.
The Foundation expands its funding with a grant to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to support emergency preparedness efforts.
The Foundation expands its emergency preparedness funding with a grant to the Arlington Department of Health to develop a public health emergency volunteer management system.
Dr. James Sprague is elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Board bestows the honorary title of Chairman-Emeritus to Pierre S. de Beaumont.
The de Beaumont Fellowship for Cancer Vaccine Research is established, with a grant to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. James Sprague becomes the full-time CEO.
The de Beaumont Foundation opens an office on River Road in Bethesda, Md.
The de Beaumont Foundation conducts a needs assessment with public health leaders across the country.
The Foundation refines its focus on public health, and the Board adopts a new mission statement: The de Beaumont Foundation seeks to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of local health departments.
The de Beaumont Foundation funds the first face-to-face meeting for the Big Cities Health Coalition, convening health directors of the largest cities in the United States.
Mr. de Beaumont dies and leaves his estate to the Foundation.
The Foundation begins a partnership with the Public Health Informatics Institute at the Task Force for Global Health.
Ariel Moyer is hired as the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer.
Foundation funding fuels expansion of New York City’s Epi Scholars program to Los Angeles and Seattle.
Brian C. Castrucci is hired as the Foundation’s Chief Program and Strategy Officer.
As part of the NYC Macroscope Project, the Foundation funds the NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES), which helps determine whether electronic health records can be used to assess population health.
Partnering with ASTHO, the Foundation hosts and convenes the Public Health Workforce Strategy meeting, which leads to the creation of the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development.
The Foundation reaches full endowment; it moves to new offices at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md., to accommodate its growing staff.
The Practical Playbook to Integrate Primary Care and Public Health launches at a National Press Club news conference featuring a keynote address from J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MPP, National Academy of Medicine, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The following year, Oxford University Press publishes the textbook version of the Practical Playbook.
The Foundation collaborates with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to launch the Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH WINS), the first nationally representative assessment of public health workers.
The BUILD Health Challenge announces its first awardees at a National Press Club news conference featuring a keynote address from Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Edward L. Hunter is hired as President and CEO. Dr. Sprague continues his service as Chair of the Board of Directors.
ASTHO and the de Beaumont Foundation release the results of the 2014 PH WINS survey, which reveals challenges in turnover, professional development, and diversity.
The de Beaumont Foundation launches CityHealth, an initiative to promote policies that are proven to improve health and rated 40 cities on their adoption of the polices. In its first report, CityHealth awards gold medals to five cities, silver medals to five, and bronze medals to nine.
The Foundation and the Aspen Institute launched PHRASES: Public Health Reaching Across Sectors, with the mission to give public health professionals tools to communicate the impact and value of the field to other sectors.
After serving as Chief Program and Strategy Officer for six years, Brian Castrucci is named CEO. The Foundation expands its leadership team, adding its first Vice President of Communications, Mark Miller, and its first Vice President of Impact, Dr. Katie Sellers.
Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, joins forces with the de Beaumont Foundation as a partner in CityHealth, embracing the Foundation’s focus on policy as a tool to improve community health. CityHealth releases its second annual ratings, with 25 cities earning a gold, silver, or bronze medal, up from 19 the previous year.
The Board approves a new mission statement broadening the Foundation’s vision: The Foundation’s mission is to advance policy, build partnerships, and strengthen public health to create communities where people can achieve their best possible health.
PH WINS 2017, the second national survey of the public health workforce, is released, revealing a growing risk of turnover in state and local health departments.