A few short years ago, Minnesota celebrated an all-time low rate of uninsurance. Through the collective effort of navigators, nonprofits, state agencies, health care institutions, and funders across the state, the rate plummeted from 8.2 percent in 2013 to 4.3 percent in 2015.
Health foundations have long supported the essential work that connects consumers to health insurance coverage. After the passage of the ACA, foundations put that experience to work to promote consumer awareness and uptake of the new coverage options.
Since 2013 annual rural health meetings have become an invaluable forum for discussing how aligned efforts between the federal government and philanthropy can yield better outcomes for communities. Participants gained an increased understanding of the collaborative, sometimes underpublicized, yet often significant work of rural funders—both public and private—and their grantees.
Foundations have made access to care a priority – convening community leadership, funding communitywide planning processes, facilitating health system change, expanding insurance coverage, building the capacity of safety net providers, and filling gaps in delivery of services. This Issue Focus features promising models and key lessons learned from across the country.
This GIH Issue Focus on collaboration draws from President & CEO Lauren LeRoy’s remarks at GIH’s 2012 Meeting, Collaborating for Change: Exploring Health Partnerships That Work.
This GIH Issue Focus looks at some of the more recent and creative efforts to make sure that people can get health care when they most need it.