Jul 24 2019

Making our community healthier means improving health, not just healthcare

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 8.57.55 AM.png

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.

Read full post »

Apr 24 2019

Improving Children’s Health Starts with Keeping Kids Insured

Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 12.52.21 PM.png

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?

Read full post »

Sep 1 2018

Role of philanthropy during Hurricane Harvey

Harvey debris on street.png

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.

Read full post »

Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 1.14.21 AM.png

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.

Read full post »

Mar 29 2018

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

CCHH logo.png

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.

Read full post »

Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 9.16.03 AM.png

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

Read full post »

Oct 27 2017

Generosity + Data = Effective use of Hurricane Harvey funds

Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 3.46.59 PM.png

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

Read full post »

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 11.13.52 AM.png

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.

Read full post »

May 26 2017

Bishop's Message: EHF's One Mission

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 10.17.25 AM.png

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.

Read full post »

Feb 6 2017

Making communities healthier means improving health, not just healthcare

Angel from Asthma home visitation project.jpg

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.

Read full post »

Nov 1 2016

Philanthropy isn't the answer to bad government

CCD call taker.jpg

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.

Read full post »

Aug 30 2016

Rethinking the nonprofit funding formula

Patient w:insurance.png

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

Read full post »

Feb 29 2016

UPDATE: Closing the mental health care gap in East Texas


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.

Read full post »

Dec 3 2015

Can philanthropy and government work together?

Houston Emergency Center 911 call center.png

EHF explores how working with a government agency can impact social issues.

Read full post »

Oct 26 2015

Philanthropic dollars are no substitute for good policy

Alithea speaks to Medicaid 1115 waiver.png

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.

Read full post »

Oct 21 2015

Tackling complexity through Emergent Learning

Emergent Learning word cloud.png

In order to fulfill EHF’s bold vision, we must find new ways to adapt to complex social challenges. Because change is constant, we can't over-rely on some of the traditional ways for planning and measuring progress. Enter EHF’s interest in Emergent Learning.

Read full post »

Sep 29 2015

Making decisions using a "health" lens

Kids and parent walk.jpg

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.

Read full post »

Aug 3 2015

Taking Stock

Elena Marks.jpg

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.


Read full post »

Jul 15 2015

Filling the "Rural" Void

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 9.20.35 AM.png

A new federal study shows rural areas get a small share of foundation grants across the country.  EHF hopes to change that in Texas.


Read full post »

Jul 9 2015

The Road to Impact: Evaluation

Screen Shot 2015-07-09 at 4.08.08 PM.png

EHF knows our work toward systems change must involve the transformation of philanthropy itself and how funders partner with communities. That's why we're beginning the challenging – and rewarding – work of establishing evaluation methods and how they'll help us measure the true impact of our work.

Read full post »

Jun 22 2015

EHF's Theory of Change

#3 Katy idea board.jpg

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.

Read full post »

May 27 2015

To Community and Beyond

Elean talk wide #2.jpg

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.

Read full post »

May 21 2015

Spreading Transformation - the One Simple Way You Can Help

NAM photo.jpg

We just announced our first-ever grant partners. But what's the one thing they have in common that we'd like to improve? See how you can help spread positive change and transformation to community health across Texas.

Read full post »

Apr 28 2015

The Roseto Connection

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 3.09.53 PM.png

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

Read full post »

Apr 16 2015

What Makes a Good Grant Proposal? Part II: Decision-making Variables

Grant workshop for web.jpgIn keeping with the theme of what makes a good grant proposal, I want to share with you some of the variables we consider in our decision-making. Those variables can be categorized into five broad areas: alignment, organization overview, finances, administration, and strength of the proposal.

Read full post »

Apr 8 2015

Why Strategic Philanthropy Makes a Difference

panoramic roadshow.jpg

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?

Read full post »

Mar 23 2015

Vulnerable Populations - What Makes Flowers Bloom?

Flowers bloom.jpg

Flowers, like people, come in so many beautiful forms. They are resilient and strong with an inner desire to bloom to the fullest potential.  So, how do we help vulnerable populations "bloom" when it comes to community health?

Read full post »

Mar 5 2015

Story Power

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 9.05.04 AM.png

Dee's story shows how addressing root causes of medical problems – outside of a clinic -- can improve the health of an entire family. But just telling her story is equally important.

Dee’s story is our story.

Read full post »

Feb 26 2015

Impact: Three Ideas for Driving Transformational Change Through Joint Learning

Transformation white type.jpg

OK, folks. We are looking for conversation partners…. Won’t you take a minute to share your ideas and thoughts with us after you read this? This week’s topic…

Impact: Three ideas for driving transformational change through joint learning

People sometimes comment that I have an intriguing (if not downright “cool”) title: VP for Impact. Usually it opens up a conversation about EHF’s vision, how we understand our responsibilities as a philanthropy, and how we can engage continual learning to have better impact in moving towards that vision over time.

Read full post »

Feb 18 2015

What Makes a Good Grant Proposal?


Since launching the grant-making system at the Episcopal Health Foundation, I am frequently asked by prospective applicants, “What constitutes a good grant proposal?”  Is it writing a good statement of need or utilizing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic or relevant, and time-oriented) objectives? Still other questions have focused on matters of alignment—typically asked something like this: since EHF funds community-based primary care, and I’m a community-based primary care provider, that’s alignment—right?

Not necessarily.

Read full post »

Feb 5 2015

Welcome to the V1SION Blog!

Elena and goals sign.jpg

This is the first post on the Episcopal Health Foundation’s brand new V1SION blog. The purpose of our blog is expand on our one vision (V1SION) of transformation to healthy communities for all. We believe to transform community health, it means changing the way philanthropy traditionally works. So, we want you to know what we’re doing—the projects we’re working on, the conversations we’re having, the questions we’re wrestling with each step along the way.

Read full post »