Janice B. Yost, Ed.D., became the founding President of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts in 1999. The Health Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on taking evidenced-based strategies to scale by advocating for systems change to sustain the strategies. To assist that process, The Health Foundation employs an Empowerment Evaluation approach called “Results-Oriented Grantmaking and Grant-Implementation” (ROGG), a planning and evaluation system that she co-developed with Dr. Abraham Wandersman. ROGG’s effectiveness has been recognized in several publications, including in a chapter in Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability edited by Fetterman, Kaftarian and Wandersman, published by Sage in 2015.
The Health Foundation has made grants totaling $44 million, which focused on multi-year projects that achieved substantive public policy accomplishments such as impacting preschool children’s mental health; improving access to dental services and mental health services; reducing hunger and homelessness; guiding prisoner reentry and public housing tenants toward self-sufficiency; economic and neighborhood development; and establishing a food hub. The grantee outcomes, particularly in addressing the social determinants of health, were recognized in the recent article “How Can Foundations Promote Impactful Collaboration?“ The Foundation Review 11 (3) 2019.
Dr. Yost previously served as the founding President of Mary Black Foundation and as a Trustee of the Spartanburg Regional Hospital System.
Her earlier career as a college professor and administrator included serving as Associate Chancellor for University Relations at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg campus. She earned a doctorate in speech education from the University of Georgia.