Privacy Policy

By accessing or using any website operated by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), you agree to be bound by this Privacy Policy and also by our Terms of Use. The CHCF family of websites includes:

See individual sites for additional privacy policy terms where applicable.

Protecting your privacy is important to us. The following will help you understand how CHCF collects, uses, and safeguards the personal information you may provide on our websites.

Unregistered Users

If you are not registered for the foundation's mailing list, nor subscribed to the California Healthline or iHealthBeat news digests, then we do not collect any personally identifiable information about you. We do log your IP address (the Internet address of your computer) to give us an idea of which pages of our websites you visit, how long you spend there, which files you download, and the type of computer, operating system, and browser you use. We aggregate this information to determine which parts of the sites are being visited most frequently and which files are being downloaded most often. We collect data on your computer type, operating system, and browser to help ensure our websites work well with a wide variety of hardware and software.

Registered Users

Anyone who signs up to be on CHCF's mailing list or who subscribes to California Healthline or iHealthBeat must provide a name and email address. We also ask for a postal address, telephone and fax numbers, other information about your organization, and the nature and geographic focus of your work. We further ask users to indicate interest in one or more topics or projects. This information is kept strictly confidential in a secured and encrypted environment.

CHCF's use of this information is very limited. We use it to determine our most popular and relevant publications across audience segments and to allow frequent users of a website to personalize their experience by selecting areas of interest in order to receive information on that subject by email or when they visit the website. This information is not shared with any other organization. We do not associate your IP address with any personally identifiable data.

The foundation sends emails to registered users announcing new publications, requests for proposals (RFPs), website launches, and other activities of the foundation, its programs, and affiliated nonprofit organizations. If a registered user receives a text-format email, we do not track how they use it. If a user receives an HTML-format email, we track whether the email was opened and which links the user clicked on, if any. We use this information to determine the efficacy of our public outreach. At any time, a registered user may unsubscribe from the email list by clicking the "unsubscribe" button in any CHCF mass email or by updating their user profile at

Use of Cookies

"Cookies" are small text files that websites can store on a user's computer to recognize repeat visitors. The computer of each visitor to a CHCF website receives a cookie unless the user blocks the cookie. No personal information is contained in the cookie, and no personal information is kept on any unregistered user. When logged in, registered users of a CHCF site and subscribers to California Healthline or iHealthBeat receive cookies to provide a personalized user experience. Cookies also allows subscribers to California Healthline and iHealthBeat to make repeat visits to those websites without having to log in each time. To improve our websites, CHCF uses a third-party vendor to help analyze website traffic. No personally identifiable information is ever shared with the third-party vendor.

Information Use

Before submitting any personal information, we advise you that the information submitted will be used by CHCF only to keep you apprised of new publications, requests for proposals, upcoming events, and other CHCF-related activities, including the activities of programs or related projects. We will not sell your personal information or share it with any third party. CHCF does not contract with any advertising or marketing agencies to gather individual or group profile information on our visitors based on their personal profiles. CHCF does not host or target for-profit advertising to visitors. CHCF does promote the work of the foundation, as well as its grantees and partners, on all of its sites.

Security of Information

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter personal information on our registration forms, we encrypt that information using secure sockets layer (SSL) technology. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information in our possession, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our website, contact the CHCF Publishing & Communications Department.

View or Modify Your Profile

If you have signed up to be on CHCF's mailing list, you may view or edit your profile at any time. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you can enter your email address and request that the login information be sent to you. The information will be sent only if the email matches the one you provided at the time of registration.

If you are a subscriber to the news services, you can view or edit your profile and email delivery options by going to the appropriate pages on those websites: California Healthline and iHealthBeat.

If you wish to cancel all subscriptions and delete your profile entirely from the database, go to the Help page, and in the form provide your name and email address. Then select the subject "Help with Your Subscription, Login, Username, or Password" and enter "Cancel my subscription and delete my profile" in the message.

Third-Party Sites

CHCF may use the services of other websites not operated or controlled by us ("third-party sites"). The CHCF Privacy Policy does not apply to any third-party sites. Those third-party sites have their own privacy policies that should be consulted when engaging their services. Examples of third-party sites used by CHCF as of the last update of this Privacy Policy are: EventBrite and Gust.

Commitment to Privacy

CHCF strongly supports initiatives to safeguard the privacy of personal information on the Internet. Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Spencer Sherman, director of publishing and communications at CHCF. This privacy statement is subject to change. Please check here for updates.