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October 2018

Blue Shield of California Foundation (San Francisco, CA)

Immigrant families are in peril; as is the future of myriad immigrant children. A new Blue Shield of California Foundation-supported report from Kaiser Family Foundation affirms that current threats are emotionally and financially overwhelming for undocumented residents, and they will have far-reaching consequences. Findings in the report are based on interviews with 20 families that recently had a family member detained or deported, as well as 12 legal services providers, health centers, educators, and community organizations serving immigrant families in California, Texas, and Washington, DC.

To download the report, click here.


The New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY)

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) issued a new report: "The Future of Family Caregiving: Leading the Change.”

Approximately 2.6 million New Yorkers provide unpaid care to a loved one. The challenges family caregivers face are complex and diverse, but all play a critical role in the health care system. How does New York State meet the needs of caregivers in the 21st century? How can unique models of care and services, bold technologies, practice change, and innovative policies support family members, partners, and friends who care for the millions of adults over age 65? What can New York learn from other states to improve its response and responsibility to family caregivers?

With NYSHealth support, AARP New York convened a summit to explore these questions with experts from state government, aging-service organizations, advocacy groups, and family caregivers. Summit participants analyzed issues common among caregivers, shared best practices and new models, and offered insights on how New York State could adapt successful approaches. The resulting report summarizes key findings from the summit and provides recommendations for New York State on how to best support family caregivers.

To download the report, click here.


RCHN Community Health Foundation (New York, NY)

The nation’s community health centers play an increasingly visible role in the maturing, post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) market and continue to show major growth, according to two new studies issued by the Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

“Community Health Centers' Experiences in a More Mature ACA Market,” published in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, reports findings from a comprehensive survey of community health centers to provide a snapshot of health centers’ outreach and enrollment activities, as well as changes in service capacity and overall financial condition since implementation of the ACA. The report also examines growth in health center services and capacity in the past calendar year, finding the most commonly reported increases were for mental health services and staff, substance use disorder treatment services and staff, chronic care management services, and dental services and staff.

A second study, released as part of the Geiger Gibson/ RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative’s signature policy brief series, “Community Health Centers Continued to Expand Patient and Service Capacity in 2017,” examines the continued growth of community health centers in 2017, when health centers served nearly 28 million patients. Based on newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Uniform Data System, the report documents a five percent growth in the number of patients served between 2016 and 2017 and a near-tripling of the number of patients served between 2000 and 2017. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of Medicaid and privately insured patients served increased by 78 percent and 77 percent, respectively.

Community health centers have emerged as an indispensable part of the health care system, providing ongoing, high-value care to many of the nation’s most vulnerable people. These studies show that both a strengthened grant program and insurance expansion are essential to maintain growth in capacity and services.

To read the brief, click here.

Contact: Feygele Jacobs