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Being the Change: 12 Ways Foundations Are Transforming Themselves to Transform Their Impact

April 1, 2018

Many foundations are adopting new approaches for creating social change—approaches that aim to influence the actions and investments of the public and private sector, as well as address the complex conditions that hold social problems in place.Based on interviews with 114 practitioners representing 50 foundations and 8 philanthropic services organizations, Being the Change explores how foundations are applying their assets, knowledge, skills, networks, and people in new ways in order to create impact at scale and change systems.

Primed: Addressing Social Factors in the Health Care Safety Net

November 16, 2017

The United States health care system is undergoing a major transition from volume-based to value-based care. In California, health care pilots and initiatives offer financial incentives to clinics, hospitals, and health plans to accelerate this transition in order to better serve the state's nearly 14 million safety-net patients.In order to optimize on the value of care rather than the volume of care, health plans and delivery systems are paying greater attention to factors beyond health care that influence a person's health, such as housing, food access, safety, education, and family stability. If health outcomes are to improve, safety net providers and health plans must to be able to understand the comprehensive needs and circumstances of their patients, and learn to coordinate with complex support systems to make sure those needs are met.

Primed: Medicaid Pilots Open Door for Innovation in California

November 1, 2017

The United States health care system is undergoing a major transition from volume-based to value-based care. In California, health care pilots and initiatives offer financial incentives to clinics, hospitals, and health plans to accelerate this transition in order to better serve the state's nearly 14 million safety-net patients.Safety-net organizations must succeed in California's new Medicaid incentive programs in order to remain financially solvent. To carry out these pilots, providers and plans need high-value innovation that engages patients outside of the clinical setting, makes data accessible and usable for all health system staff, and enhances coordination between the health system and its external partners.