Community Impact

community impact

Evaluation is a cornerstone of the Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives. We seek to understand how and to what extent we are furthering the goals of our grantmaking program areas and assess the impact of our dollars on the community. The findings drive improvement and inform our strategic priorities.

Above all, our evaluation generates knowledge. We identify and disseminate effective models, innovative strategies, and solutions to shared challenges. By bringing the hard work of our grantee organizations to scale, we aim to advance the field, the work of similar institutions, and the health of communities.

The Connecting Consumers with Care grant program supports health insurance outreach, enrollment, and post-enrollment services, and activities that further consumer self-sufficiency, or the ability to navigate systems of health coverage and care with increasing independence.

From 2011 through 2014, Making Health Care Affordable grants supported the development, expansion, testing, and measurement of the impact of affordability strategies among Massachusetts health care organizations.

From 2015 through 2017, Fostering Effective Integration grants supported organizations that had experience with integrated behavioral health (IBH) to expand integrated care to new populations or new settings. Grant recipients assessed how integration of behavioral health and primary care services impact access to integrated care, patient engagement and satisfaction, and quality of care.

The Strengthening the Voice for Access grant program provides up to two years of operating support to advocacy organizations whose missions and activities are focused on promoting the health and health care interests of low-income and vulnerable Massachusetts residents.

From 2005 through 2011, Closing the Gap on Health Care Disparities grants supported organizations and coalitions across Massachusetts seeking to reduce health disparities by race, ethnicity, immigration status, age, mental illness, and sexual orientation.

From 2001 through 2010, Innovation Fund for the Uninsured grants supported health care delivery organizations in improving the organization, continuity, and completeness of care for patients without health insurance and those at high risk for losing their coverage.