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LGTBQ+ Alliance Fund 2021 Impact Report

February 15, 2022

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund was formed in 1999 when the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona applied for and was awarded a two-year, $100,000 challenge grant from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership.The Fund was established to expand funding opportunities and resources for LGBTQ+ organizations in Tucson and rural southern Arizona (Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties) and to create linkages with straight allies.Since 1999, the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund has awarded $1,025,957 to 72 organizations in support of Southern Arizona's LGBTQ+ programs and initiatives. 

Tucson and Southern Arizona: A Desert Region Pursuing Better Health and Health System Performance

April 17, 2014

The southern Arizona region encompassing Tucson ranks in the top quartile among 306 U.S. regions on The Commonwealth Fund's Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012, outperforming many other regions with similar socioeconomic characteristics. Its performance may stem from the emphasis providers place on delivery system innovation and best practices and the prevalence of managed care arrangements. The region also benefits from the activity of several nonprofit organizations that collaborate with government agencies, health systems, and academic institutions to support patient education and population health initiatives. Also notable are efforts to improve the accessibility and quality of care for underserved populations through the expansion of federally qualified health centers, the creation of health promotion programs by local Native American tribal organizations for their communities, and the use of telemedicine and community health workers.