Nov 22 2019

The 21-Year-Gap

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From the Understanding Houston blog, EHF's Robiel Abraha writes about the "The 21-Year-Gap" -- highlighting our latest research showing why non-medical factors where we live have a dramatic impact on our health.

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Oct 8 2019

Opinion: Let's make the drivers of health the focus of the HEALTH debate


Screen Shot 2019-09-26 at 3.22.16 PM.pngIn a Houston Chronicle op-ed, EHF CEO Elena Marks writes that when it comes to the presidential debates on health care, it's not enough to talk about the health care system without a focus on actually improving HEALTH.

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Jul 24 2019

Making our community healthier means improving health, not just healthcare

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At no cost to taxpayers, EHF is spearheading a research project in Harrison County that will take a closer look at the relationship of how the county spends funds and the health of those who live here. This project is one example of how we all need to change the conversation to improving health, not just healthcare across Texas.

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Apr 24 2019

Improving Children’s Health Starts with Keeping Kids Insured

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Texas has the highest rate in the nation of uninsured children and is home to one in five of our nation’s uninsured kids. Even more concerning is that this rate has started to rise.  We should be doing all we can to sign up the estimated 350,000 uninsured kids who are eligible but not enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  And once we have kids enrolled, isn’t it our obligation to keep them covered?

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Dec 22 2018

Remember these health insurance ghosts from Christmas past?

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In an opinion column in the Houston Chronicle, EHF's Elena Marks says while the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, the health insurance situation of today is preferable to the ghosts of Christmas past.

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Sep 1 2018

Role of philanthropy during Hurricane Harvey

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The magnitude of the disaster forced philanthropies to learn quickly how to navigate complex public/private relief systems, flatten grantmaking processes, and work across sectors to identify and uphold nonprofits that provided relief for individuals and families, and to build the capacity of others that had the trust and knowledge of hard-to-reach communities such as immigrant and undocumented neighborhoods.

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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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Apr 25 2018

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


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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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


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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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 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


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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Jan 12 2016

Time for a reality check on health insurance

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Health insurance costs are going up, but it's time to inject some reality into the national conversation about health care and how we pay for it.

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Dec 15 2015

My road to strategic philanthropy

Shao-Chee.jpgDr. Shao-Chee Sim, EHF's new VP for applied research, shares how working in strategic philanthropy continues his lifelong interest in helping communities.

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Oct 26 2015

Philanthropic dollars are no substitute for good policy

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Funding from the Episcopal Health Foundation and other philanthropies can provide a launching pad for a nascent idea, build the capacity of a long-standing organization, and absorb risk for high-risk but high-reward initiatives. But our dollars cannot -- nor should they have to -- compensate for a faulty system.

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Sep 29 2015

Making decisions using a "health" lens

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Lexi Nolen explains the reasoning behind EHF's new Health Impact Assessment partnership. See how two new projects will look at how city planning decisions affect community health.

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Sep 15 2015

In 2015, we need “different” not just “more”

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.53.01 AM.pngAccess to health care alone does not create healthy communities, nor will more access to more care. We need something different: we need to set our sights on health, not just health care.


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Aug 3 2015

Taking Stock

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We’re six months into executing on our first strategic operating plan, 18 months into my tenure, a little over two years into our actual existence, and I’m taking stock.


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Jun 22 2015

EHF's Theory of Change

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EHF's Theory of Change is a statement about how change is expected to occur and the role that initiatives play in producing that change. It explains our core beliefs about transformation toward healthy communities.

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Jun 9 2015

From the Pulpit to the People


It has been said that churches are the heart of a community.  A place to worship, reflect and support one another while demonstrating faith through works of service and helping others.  But It was inspiring to hear a priest ask his outreach team “how do we move from charity work to transformational work?” 

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Jun 3 2015

Science should guide health decisions

We all know the drill: The U.S. spends significantly more on health care than all other countries in the world, and yet we have poorer health outcomes than almost all industrialized nations. Some contend that we shouldn't spend 18 percent of gross domestic product on health care. I agree, but not because good health isn't worth that much, but because we aren't getting value for our dollars.

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May 27 2015

To Community and Beyond

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A community is so much more than geographical boundaries, neighborhoods and institutions. Our goal of developing community-driven, people-centered health systems is contingent on our understanding of the complex web of shared experiences and identities that inform people’s community affiliations.

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Apr 28 2015

The Roseto Connection

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Why the "Roseto" effect shows us connection can still be the foundation of community health.

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Apr 8 2015

Why Strategic Philanthropy Makes a Difference

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EHF embraces an emerging thread of philanthropy that utilizes strategic planning, evaluation, and learning systems. We want to be accountable for the resources we steward, and we believe communities deserve that kind of accountability. But how does strategic philanthropy differ from non-strategic philanthropy?

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Mar 11 2015

Connected Communities: Building Trust Across Difference

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On Sunday, the Houston Chronicle highlighted that approximately one million people, or 1 in 4 Houstonians, is foreign born. The diversity of perspectives in the region, not tied just to ethnicity, demand that local communities work across differences in order to build trust.  At the same time, conflicting viewpoints present the possibility of better community solutions.

The second goal in EHF’s Strategic Plan is Building Connected Communities. What do we mean by Connected Communities?

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