V1SION Blog

Oct 27 2017

Generosity + Data = Effective use of Hurricane Harvey funds

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Learn about EHF's partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation to highlight Texans with the greatest needs and fewest resources following Harvey.

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Jul 19 2017

Beyond “To Close Or Not To Close” Rural Hospitals

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A new EHF report with the Rural and Community Health Institute (RCHI) at Texas A&M University looks at possible solutions for rural communities in Texas facing a hospital closure.

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Jun 19 2017

The American Health Care Act: a civil and moral failure

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The American Health Care Act, followed by the release of the White House's proposed budget, represent a radical departure from a core belief that held this country together for the last century - the belief that we're all in this together. There's a lot of talk about who is worthy of compassion, and therefore help, and who is not; the deserving poor versus the undeserving poor. Too many people seem to have confused merit with grace.

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May 26 2017

Bishop's Message: EHF's One Mission

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The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, IX Bishop of Texas and EHF's chairman of the board explains how EHF is working to model what it means to be a 'neighbor' to a new kind of community, so we become healthier together.

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Apr 3 2017

The current state of the health insurance exchange in Texas

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Guest blogger Michael Morrisey interviews health insurers, hospitals and brokers to discover what's next for health insurance marketplace options in Texas. Morrisey is a professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

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Feb 15 2017

The importance of community engagement

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Troy Bush-DiDonato explains how EHF's Community Engagement Workshops can help congregations and organizations truly involve community members in identifying problems and creating solutions.

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Feb 6 2017

Making communities healthier means improving health, not just healthcare

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We can’t continue addressing chronic population health problems the same way we treat communicable diseases. The focus of Texas’ healthcare system must shift from healthcare delivery alone to promoting health and wellness in the communities they serve.

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Jan 5 2017

Enrollment for Affordable Care Act health insurance reaches record numbers

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New numbers show enrollment for Affordable Care Act reaches a new record despite a possible repeal of the law by Congress. There's still much communities can do to ensure more Texans sign up for health insurance NOW.

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Nov 1 2016

Philanthropy isn't the answer to bad government

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We appreciate the opportunity to work with government. Together, we can improve lives and, in some instances, reduce government spending. But make no mistake: We cannot close gaps or solve problems created by poor public policy choices.

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Oct 14 2016

Are Texans Ready? The Fourth Open Enrollment Period Begins November 1st

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Shao-Chee Sim, EHF's VP for applied research, details what's new when open enrollment begins for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans.

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Sep 28 2016

When men and mountains meet - A prevention story

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EHF program officer Jennifer Herrera shows the power of prevention that only happens when communities come together to find collaborative solutions.

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Aug 30 2016

Rethinking the nonprofit funding formula

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EHF program officer Katy Butterwick looks at the dramatic impact of improving nonprofit staff by funding operations, not just programs.

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Jun 3 2016

What to know before applying for federal grants

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Jo Carcedo, EHF's VP for Grants, has important tips and advice for nonprofits considering applying for federal grant money.

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May 18 2016

EHF on the road - making community connections

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EHF volunteers recently walked neighborhoods in Houston's 5th Ward. See why they came away from the experience not only with a clearer picture of what it means to reach out and be in community, but what it means to create important connections with communities.

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Apr 20 2016

New Affordable Care Act numbers reveal "coverage gap" in Texas

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The recent release of Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment numbers in Texas reveal a "coverage gap" and other important needs across the state.

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Apr 11 2016

New evidence shows additional benefits of Medicaid expansion in Texas

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Texas is doubling down on its efforts to improve the state’s mental and behavioral health system.  Despite these efforts, the State Legislature left one critical topic out of the discussion: Medicaid expansion.

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Mar 21 2016

Why we take to the road

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Why does EHF travel Texas holding community meetings? We do this because there is no substitute for being on the ground, in the communities we serve, alongside the people who live and work there.

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Mar 7 2016

Do you really understand health insurance terms?

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Be honest. If you had to take a test on knowing the ins and out of health insurance terms, would you pass?

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Feb 29 2016

UPDATE: Closing the mental health care gap in East Texas

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See how the Foundation's partnership with Seminary of the Southwest and Burke is already working to help fill the need for quality mental health services in East Texas.

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Feb 8 2016

The Good, the Bad, and what's needed next in Texas

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The latest Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment numbers show some encouraging trends, but much more can be done to help increase access to health services for all Texans.

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