The San Francisco-based Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.3 million to organizations working to address health needs in the state.
Nearly half the funding will support healthcare safety-net organizations working to improve efficiency, expand access to quality care, and reduce costs. Grants include nearly $1 million to eight organizations to provide the working capital needed to develop and implement creative solutions within California's rural health safety net and transform its ability to offer well-coordinated care for some of the most vulnerable people in the state. Awards also include $250,000 to the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems to help strengthen public hospital systems and enable them to adapt to changes under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and $171,000 to the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency to pilot a fire station health portal model as an alternative source of primary care for low-income residents.
In addition, the foundation awarded a total of $1.4 million toward ending domestic violence, including $297,000 to TechSoup Global for sustainable information technology solutions and infrastructure among domestic violence service providers throughout the state; $275,000 to Futures Without Violence to develop a national advocacy agenda and take advantage of new opportunities afforded by ACA to fund prevention and care for children and youth exposed to family violence; and $120,000 to Swords to Plowshares to help expand its veteran and family violence cultural competency training program for law enforcement professionals.
The foundation also announced a $2.7 million commitment over fifteen months for an innovation incubator that aims to position healthcare safety-net providers as providers of choice within the new healthcare landscape. The funding will help drive new approaches and innovations in California community health centers to improve the health of vulnerable populations, enhance the patient experience, and control the per capita cost of care.
"Health reform is reshaping California's safety net," said BSCF president and CEO Peter V. Long. "Coupling this transformation with strategic innovations, we can make our health care system serve low-income Californians in a better, smarter, and more cost effective way."
For a complete list of grants and recipients, visit the foundation's Web site.