The philosophy of the PHF is that "mission" drives and influences the decisions the Board makes relative to the administration, operation, management of investments, and dispersal of funds back into the community. As part of this approach PHF has adopted five core pillars (areas of giving) that will influence decisions as the PHF works to address the strategic direction and initiatives which will guide the organization through its formative period over the course of the next three to five (3-5) years.

Health Education: learning experiences or opportunities designed to expand people’s awareness and knowledge of health issues in order to improve an individual or a community’s health.

Health Research: people, institutions, and projects whose primary purpose is to improve an individual or community’s wellbeing through generating high quality knowledge that supports the development and implementation of health initiatives.

Community Health: activities or opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles, which improve the overall health of a community.

Healthcare Leaders: scholarship or educational opportunities that support the development and educational advancement of traditional and non-traditional students.

Access to Care: provides financial resources needed to develop new and/or expanded health services, which meet a community’s needs.