We organize our work around three main goals:
Goal 1. Improving Access to Coverage and Care
We advance statewide policies and practices that ensure all Californians with low incomes can get the care they need when they need it. We support efforts to expand access to affordable coverage and to strengthen the Medi-Cal program. We are also helping to foster delivery system transformation and workforce solutions that increase the capacity of safety-net organizations to provide timely, high-quality, and patient-centered primary and specialty care.
Goal 2. Advancing People-Centered Care
We work to ensure that Californians — particularly those enrolled in Medi-Cal — receive responsive, comprehensive, and coordinated care that supports their health and well-being, and reduces inequities. We have specific initiatives to improve care for people with behavioral health conditions, people experiencing homelessness, older adults with low incomes, and Black Californians.
Goal 3. Laying the Foundation
We invest in people, knowledge, and networks that help to make meaningful change possible in California’s health care system.
- Market Analysis and Insight: We provide research and analysis so decisionmakers have a market-wide view of California’s complex health care ecosystem.
- High-Quality Health Journalism: We support health journalism so that Californians have access to timely, relevant information about the most pressing health care issues.
- Building Leadership: We help to develop the leadership and skills of California’s health care professionals, state policy partners, and safety-net organizations to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
- Bridging the Innovation Gap: We support information, networks, and communications platforms that enable safety-net organizations and entrepreneurs to work together to improve the delivery system.
To achieve its mission and goals, CHCF needs to be able to influence how health care for Californians with low incomes is financed, regulated, and delivered. The assets we deploy to achieve these goals are money, time, expertise, and influence.
To leverage those assets for significant and measurable systems-level change, we use five key capabilities:
- Grantmaking: We fund initiatives in areas where health care improvement is needed most.
- Program-related investing: We invest in innovative companies to solve market problems in the safety net.
- Research: We create a data and policy analysis agenda that helps decisionmakers make informed choices.
- Engagement: We use our voice and relationships to address health care problems and find solutions.
- Convening: We bring stakeholders together to find solutions, spread knowledge, and create the impetus for change.