V1SION Blog

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Medical care can help treat the symptoms, but medical care alone wasn’t the key to improving the nail workers’ health. Instead, the solution required addressing the root causes of their problems. That’s why we embarked on an effort to use our experience and influence to improve the working conditions that were having a direct impact on the health of these women.

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The numbers show that an overwhelming majority of Texans enrolled in the ACA marketplace are returning enrollees and are largely shielded from the premium increases because of federal tax credits. Any discussion to eliminate the ACA marketplace without a clear policy alternative would risk adding another 1.1 million Texans to the uninsured population and returning the state uninsured rate to more than 20 percent.

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Apr 25 2018

How YOU can change the conversation to focus on HEALTH, not just healthcare

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If we change the conversation and become focused on the importance of health, not just healthcare, we can save money and improve health outcomes.

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Mar 29 2018

Guest Post: Let's address hunger and other community determinants of health

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Poverty and food insecurity are "just as worthy of our attention as headaches, diabetes and asthma" says Dr. Pritesh Gandhi at People's Community Clinic in Austin. Read about his work with EHF's $10 million Texas Community Centered Health Homes Initiative.

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Mar 18 2018

Learn the difference between healthcare and health

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Health care is a means to an end, and health is that end. There is no inherent value in health care, apart from its impact on health. Because we talk about health care as if it were the same as health, we miss out on opportunities to improve health that fall outside of the health care paradigm. We’re so worried about health care costs that we’ve forgotten to look at health.

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EHF's Lexi Nolen writes about the development and importance of the Texas CCHH Initiative in the national Health Affairs blog.

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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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In Health Affairs, Shao-Chee Sim writes about EHF's research that's aimed at informing discussions and decisions being made about Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

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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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