About CHCF


Health Care That Works
for All Californians


How We Do Our Work

The California HealthCare Foundation is leading the way to better care for all Californians, particularly those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford.

CHCF informs policymakers and industry leaders, invests in ideas and innovations, and connects with changemakers to create a more responsive, patient-centered health care system.

CHCF supports the testing and evaluation of innovative approaches to improving care. We also commission research and analysis that policymakers, clinical leaders, payers, consumers, and the media depend on to better understand California's complex delivery system, in service of three overarching goals:

Improving Access to Coverage and Care for Low-Income Californians

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of Californians get coverage through Medi-Cal and Covered California. Yet many people struggle to get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. Drawing upon expertise in Medi-Cal, public policy, commercial and safety-net health plans and providers, and emerging service delivery and IT innovations, CHCF seeks to expand access.

CHCF's funding priorities for this goal are:

  • Coverage and navigation of the system. Ensuring low-income Californians have access to coverage options they can understand, use, and afford.
  • Safety-net capacity. Expanding the capacity of safety-net providers to provide timely access to care through the use of more effective care teams, innovative services, and technology.
  • Consumer-focused care. Expanding care options for low-income consumers that are more convenient, easier to use, and cost effective.
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Ensuring High-Value Care

The care many patients receive doesn't reflect what they want, what we know works, and what provides value. CHCF supports policies and care models that align with patient preferences, are proven effective, and are affordable.

CHCF's funding priorities for this goal are:

  • Maternity care. Improving the health of mothers and babies by reducing unnecessary interventions and delivering appropriate care.
  • Care for people with complex behavioral conditions and high medical costs. Orienting care around the needs of patients with high medical costs and poor outcomes to achieve better results.
  • End-of-life care. Ensuring patient choices are honored through implementation of advance care planning and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), as well as expansion of access to palliative care.
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Informing Decisionmakers

Easily accessible, timely, and reliable information that is effectively used can help spur positive change. Our reports and analysis supply policymakers, researchers, and thought leaders with critical trend data about the cost and quality of California's health care system. This work, coupled with initiatives that seek to unlock government health data, provides changemakers with the information necessary to make well-informed choices that may ultimately lead to improved health care for all Californians.

Laying a Foundation for Change

Across our three goals, we use these tools to increase the impact of our grantmaking:

For an overview of our work, see our most recent publications, projects, and events.

Taking Stock, Moving Forward


Dr. Sandra Hernández shares what has worked and what will change in our foundation's strategy to best address the challenges of ensuring high-quality health care in California.


Fast Facts

Purpose: Nonprofit independent philanthropy
Focus: Grantmaking to improve health care in California
Founded: 1996
Employees: ~50
Offices: Oakland & Sacramento
Assets: $747.3 million (2/28/2014)
Grants: $28.3 million (FY ended 2/28/2014)