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The Commonwealth Fund: May 2024

The Commonwealth Fund recently released its 2024 State Health Disparities Report underscoring the racial and ethnic health disparities that persist across the United States. The report also outlines policy recommendations to make U.S. health care more equitable.

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Lessons from an Equity Toolkit Workshop: Facilitator Perspective on Participatory Engagement

The Blue Shield of California Foundation is a long-time multisector collaborative funder with a health equity focus. Increasingly, we find that multisector collaboratives are a powerful vehicle to change systems toward racial equity. We heard from our partners and grantees a strong need for tools and resources that provide several outcomes: to establish equity at the collaborative level, to outline an arc of learning to help place a collaborative on an equity spectrum, and to provide tools to help collaboratives move deeper into equity. To support this work, the Equity in Collaboration Toolkit was developed in partnership with Cristobal Consulting. Its goal is to help multisector collaboratives see where they are taking concrete actions to center equity—and where they are not—through an embedded equity assessment.an embedded equity assessment.

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Requests for Proposals

CareQuest Institute: August 2023

CareQuest Institute is offering 10 grants of up to $125,000 to fund projects that are working to address systemic barriers to oral health, including access to oral health, for people with disabilities.

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Requests for Proposals

Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation: August 2023

The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation is issuing a special request for concepts focused on addressing lung cancer care disparities for Indigenous communities. They are currently seeking concepts for ideas for multiyear grants that pilot/test innovative models of community-based care to increase access to services and improve lung cancer outcomes across the lung cancer care continuum.

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New York State Health Foundation: August 2023

A new data analysis from the Urban Institute finds nearly half of New Yorkers with medical debt owed $500 or more and may still have medical debt appear on their credit reports under current credit reporting practices. Last month, the New York State Legislature passed a bill, still under the Governor’s consideration, that would prevent all medical debt from being included in credit reports.

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As More Americans Gain Health Care Coverage, Advocates Fight for Higher-Quality Insurance

People’s Action and our allies fought hard to win health care for millions through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. 91 percent of Americans now have health insurance, even though there is still work to do to ensure everyone can get coverage, particularly immigrants and those living in holdout non-expansion states.

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Philanthropy’s Role in Equitable Medi-Cal Expansion

California has more people enrolled in Medicaid than any other state—almost 15 million of 93 million enrollees nationwide, and the state’s efforts to equitably address the enrollment churn make it worth watching. When the pause on Medicaid redeterminations ended in April, up to 3 million Medi-Cal enrollees, California’s program, were at risk of losing coverage. Most at risk are those often eligible but inconsistently enrolled in Medi-Cal—if at all. Many of these individuals are from poorly served communities who often experience longstanding discrimination in accessing health care. They commonly live in extremely rural areas and lack access to the internet and transportation; have unstable housing; are reluctant to enroll due to their immigration status; and have limited English proficiency, live with a physical disability, or have behavioral health needs. If Medi-Cal is to be a true driver for health equity, we need to close the enrollment gap in these communities.

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Requests for Proposals

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation: July 2023

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation announced a call for proposals for its Special Initiatives grant program. In addition, the foundation is now recruiting applicants for the 12th cohort of emerging leaders in the health leadership program that begins this fall.

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Reports

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation: July 2023

This study, commissioned in collaboration with the Health Equity Compact, aims to quantify that economic burden associated with solutions for reducing inequities in health (which require investments of time and resources for which there will always be competing priorities.)

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