Projects, Partnerships, and Future Plans.


 HealthRoots is a non-profit foundation established by the Grigsby-Rocca family in 1996. Our early and current mission is to catalyze community health initiatives locally and internationally, and drive innovation in the field of global public health. We have done this through direct involvement in on-the-ground initiatives in low-resource communities around the world, and by supporting the community of researchers, scientists, and care providers and innovators behind this important work. With every project we undertake, we look for innovative partners here and in the field, leveraging our collective knowledge and resources to advance all of our work. 

With a global focus by design, our earliest projects began in the small country of Malawi in east-central Africa. Since 2012, we have focused much of our energy on our support of students, researchers, and professionals from many other disciplines who are working to bring much-needed health devices and technologies to the communities that need them most. 


This year, we worked with our long-time partners at the UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health, and colleagues at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health to launch the Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge, held April 8-9, 2016. 

The Challenge brought ten student teams with innovative hardware, technology, and service solutions to pressing global health challenges to the Bay Area. Over two days, a group of high-profile, highly experienced judges and mentors from diverse technology, health, and business backgrounds joined us to offer every team valuable feedback and commitments of ongoing mentorship and support. Ultimately, they selected one team with the $10,000.00 HealthRoots Award to fund the development of their solution. 

This challenge was the first step in our three-year initiative with UC Berkeley to explore the challenges unique to developing impactful, sustainable, and scalable solutions to pressing global health problems, and offer support to the many young innovators leading advances in this work. 


To learn more about past, current, and future work, or to look for ways to collaborate, email