Brian Sasser, Chief Communications Officer
New learning collaborative aims to find best ways for health plans to address underlying, non-medical causes of poor health for Medicaid patients in Texas
November 1, 2019
A group of health sector stakeholders has launched a new learning collaborative designed to help Texas Medicaid health insurance plans develop and implement strategies to address the non-medical, root causes of poor health for patients across the state. The 12-month project will focus on access to healthy food, housing conditions, transportation, and other social factors that often have a direct impact on a person’s health.
October 21, 2019
See the first results of EHF's $2.6 million Factor Health investment with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to discover and improve health interventions outside of the doctor's office to improve #HealthNotJustHealthcare in Texas and beyond.
September 30, 2019
New numbers show there can be than a more than a 20-year difference in how long Texans live in one neighborhood compared to another, even though they may only be a few miles apart. That’s just one of the findings from an Episcopal Health Foundation analysis of a new, interactive mapping tool that shows life expectancy rates for neighborhoods across Texas.
August 20, 2019
EHF is in the running for a South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020 panel, and need your vote in the PanelPicker, which closes this Friday, August 23.
EHF announces $17 million investment to strengthen the health system and community-based clinics in Texas
June 27, 2019
The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) is announcing a $17 million investment to help community-based clinics provide a wider range of health services and go beyond the doctor’s office to address underlying causes of poor health.
June 18, 2019
Texans say health care is the toughest living expense for them to afford. More than half (55%) of Texans say it’s difficult for them to pay for health care, including more than a quarter (27%) who say it’s “very difficult.” Those are some of the findings from a statewide Episcopal Health Foundation poll on affordability and access to health care in Texas.
New report: Large increase in number of community clinics in Harris County over the past decade leads to three times higher patient volume
April 30, 2019
The number of community clinics in Harris County providing primary care to low-income and uninsured patients has more than doubled in the past 10 years, which in turn has tripled patient volume. But difficulty connecting those patients with specialty care is a significant concern. Those are just a few of the conclusions of a new report that examines 10 years of community health clinic trends based on data and surveys from dozens of clinics across Houston and Harris County.
New EHF report: Despite growing uncertainty, more than 1 million Texans enroll in Affordable Care Act health insurance for 2019
March 27, 2019
More than 1 million Texans enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for 2019 despite ongoing uncertainty, a federal court ruling invalidating the law, and massive funding cuts for navigators to help consumers sign up for a plan. That’s one of the findings of an Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) analysis of new ACA health insurance enrollment data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services combined with data from previous ACA enrollment periods.
New EHF Health Policy Poll: Texans show sweeping support for protections for pre-existing conditions
March 4, 2019
An overwhelming majority of Texans support health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions and say state government should play a role in making sure the health care system works. Those are just some of the results of a new statewide Episcopal Health Foundation survey on Texas health policy issues.
February 12, 2019
EHF and Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin have announced a partnership to discover and advance health interventions outside of clinical settings that address underlying, nonmedical causes of poor health. The program’s goal is to transform the most promising efforts into successful cost-effective initiatives that measurably improve health.
Episcopal Health Foundation invests $3.4 million in groundbreaking effort to strengthen early childhood brain development in Texas
January 23, 2019
Projects focus on low-cost, evidence-based ways to help parents/caregivers build their infants’ healthy brains
December 12, 2018
Two-thirds of Texans without health insurance live in working families and more than half are in families that include at least one full-time worker. These are just some of the findings from The Uninsured in Texas, a detailed report written by Urban Institute analysts and sponsored by Episcopal Health Foundation.
November 1, 2018
In 2019, the Episcopal Health Foundation will continue work aligned with a five-year strategic plan to improve health, not just healthcare in Texas. EHF's Grant Guidance for 2019 expresses our core beliefs and explains the commitment of our philanthropic giving to outcomes-focused approaches. The first deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry for a 2019 grant for Cycle 1/Goal 1 is December 8, 2018.
October 23, 2018
A majority of Texans say that reducing the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth should be a top priority for state lawmakers, even though few correctly knew about a recent increase in the state’s maternal mortality rate. That’s one of the findings of a newly released report focused on women's health that is based on a statewide Episcopal Health Foundation/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Texas health policy issues.
Episcopal Health Foundation announces $4 million investment to raise community voices to become advocates for their own health
September 28, 2018
New grants strengthen organizations across Texas that work with populations at greater risk for poor health.
August 23, 2018
Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey swamped the Texas Gulf Coast, a growing share of affected residents say their lives are back on track, but three in 10 (30%) say their lives remain disrupted, finds a new Episcopal Health Foundation/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of residents in 24 hard-hit Texas counties.
New EHF analysis: More than 1 million Texans activated their 2018 Affordable Care Act health insurance
July 24, 2018
Despite initial reports showing a drop in enrollment numbers, more than 1 million Texans have activated their Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance in 2018 – a 5 percent increase from 2017. That’s just one of the findings of an Episcopal Health Foundation analysis of new ACA health insurance enrollment data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills
July 10, 2018
Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents.
New Survey: Two thirds of Texans say the state is not doing enough to help low-income adults get healthcare
June 14, 2018
Texans’ top healthcare priorities for the state revolve around making healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable, reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to health insurance coverage, finds a new statewide Episcopal Health Foundation/Kaiser Family Foundation survey on Texas health policy issues.
June 5, 2018
Investment supports EHF’s effort to ensure low-income, at-risk and rural Texans have access to a wide range of affordable health services.