V1SION Blog

Philanthropy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dec 3 2015

Can philanthropy and government work together?

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

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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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Oct 21 2015

Tackling complexity through Emergent Learning

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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.

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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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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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Jul 15 2015

Filling the "Rural" Void

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

 

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Jul 9 2015

The Road to Impact: Evaluation

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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.

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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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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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May 21 2015

Spreading Transformation - the One Simple Way You Can Help

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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.

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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 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.

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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 27 2015

Place Matters

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When it comes to health, does it matter where kids live?  You bet it does.  There are 1.7 million children under 18 living in the 13-county Texas Gulf Coast Region.  When we compare health indicators for these children, we see wide disparities from county to county.

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Mar 23 2015

Vulnerable Populations - What Makes Flowers Bloom?

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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?

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Mar 5 2015

Story Power

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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.

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Feb 26 2015

Impact: Three Ideas for Driving Transformational Change Through Joint Learning

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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.

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Feb 19 2015

The ONE Reason Community Engagement Matters

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What is Community Engagement (CE)?  The term was given a formal definition by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in 1997.  It is “a process of working collaboratively with groups of people who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests, or similar situations with respect to issues affecting their wellbeing.”  This work begins with locating the right groups and then building a collaboration that will engage them and build local action.  Why should it matter to the Episcopal Health Foundation?  It matters because it works

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Feb 18 2015

What Makes a Good Grant Proposal?

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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.

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Feb 5 2015

Welcome to the V1SION Blog!

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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.

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