Tracking Health Policy Trends in Texas

The Episcopal Health Foundation recently released the latest Texas Health Policy Poll Report, a statewide public opinion survey that gathers Texans’ opinions on a variety of important state health policy issues. Our objective is to use the poll findings to inform the discussion on state health policy priorities.

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Making Data Accessible for Small Communities

Just as health disparities disadvantage people of color and those of less financial means or educational attainment, so does data inaccessibility. Launched in 2018, the City Health Dashboard addresses the problem of data inaccessibility for cities and communities.

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From Hate to Health

It is undeniable that violence, threats of violence, and discrimination contribute to toxic stress and social isolation on a community level—and these factors are connected to negative health outcomes.

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Compassionate Care to the Very End of Life

Over the past seven years, the George Family Foundation has supported organizations that encourage individuals to invest time in end-of-life discussions and planning with our loved ones and with health care teams.

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Beyond Programs: Funding Systems Change to Improve Care for All

At The Duke Endowment, we seek to improve the health status of the communities we serve and promote health equity for disadvantaged populations. This objective, which I believe is broadly shared, is challenged by the reality that unmet needs within our existing health care system far outweigh private philanthropy’s resources.

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Views from the field by Patrick McNamara & Abigail Goodwin

Transforming Communities Through the Social Determinants of Health

Six years ago, Palm Health Foundation made a risky decision. Dissatisfied with the short-term gains of traditional responsive grantmaking, we launched the Healthier Together initiative in an effort to forge a deeper connection to community through the social determinants of health.

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Views from the field by Maria Socorro Pesqueira

Bringing “Invisible” Communities Out from the Shadows: A Community-Centered Approach

COVID-19 has not been an equal opportunity pandemic. It has impacted Latinx, Black, and Indigenous communities; immigrants, older adults, and the uninsured more profoundly than the general population. At the start of the public health crisis and several weeks after, the impact on these communities remained invisible with devastating health consequences.

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Weaving DEI Into a Foundation’s Everyday Work

At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are relentlessly committed to advancing health equity and believe it exists when there are no avoidable, unfair or systemically-caused differences in health status. To live into this, we have implemented principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into our vision and cornerstones, and our daily operations. While we are not experts, we can offer a glimpse of what some of this experimentation looks like in practice in our grantmaking, evaluation, and communications functions.

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Supporting Clinics to Serve as Community Hubs for Health in Central Texas

In Texas, the lack of access to health care, coupled with inadequate and under-resourced systems, has had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color and underserved areas. COVID-19 has laid bare the severity of these issues even more so. These factors, and our commitment to achieving health equity, have informed the St. David’s Foundation’s primary care safety net strategy.

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Philanthropy Uniquely Positioned to Address Innovations in Safety Net Health

Health Forward Foundation is celebrating 15 years of grantmaking. In this time, the foundation has anchored access to safety net health care for those most in need in the Kansas City region. Along the way, we have learned valuable lessons about maximizing our investments through innovations and partnerships to benefit those most in need.

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