To support our vision for health equity for all Californians, CHCF is launching the CHCF Health Equity Fellowship Program. The mission of this program is to identify, develop, and support emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders who have the capacity to become local and regional catalysts for health equity across California.
The fellow in this specialty will be part of CHCF’s Advancing People-Centered Care team. The fellow will report to Michelle Schneidermann, director, Advancing People-Centered Care.
Our Advancing People-Centered Care team helps catalyze care systems to work collaboratively to ensure people receive responsive, comprehensive, and coordinated services that support their health and well-being and prevent and reduce inequities in care. See examples of work in this area generally, in behavioral health, in Black health equity, and on the topic of care for people with complex needs.
CHCF has been working on the issue of homelessness and health care for some time. We have helped advance work in behavioral health, supported the implementation of California’s Whole Person Care and Health Homes Programs, and funded the spread of the Transitions Clinic Network to improve the lives of people leaving jails and prisons. In the spring of 2020 we officially launched a portfolio dedicated to improving the care of people experiencing homelessness. We are looking to expand our work and to center it in a health equity strategy. Over the next year or two, we hope to better understand how CHCF can improve care and outcomes for Californians experiencing homelessness, particularly those with complex health needs. Specifically, we want to learn how to make care accessible across the safety net, accounting for cultural preferences and the experiences of people with co-occurring mental illness, those experiencing substance use and trauma, or those facing other challenges, like returning to the community after incarceration, that make receiving appropriate care across systems difficult to impossible.
This fellowship is an opportunity for a BIPOC professional to gain experience in philanthropic investment in primary care and behavioral health policy, financing, and delivery system improvement as it relates to people experiencing homelessness. Broadly, the fellow will support analysis, strategy development and grantmaking related to health care policy and treatment models aligned with CHCF’s and the team’s mission. Specifically, the fellow will help research the opportunities for investments in the care of older adults experiencing homelessness, people experiencing homelessness who have mental health and SUD needs, and people with complex physical health needs. The fellow will also look for ways to support health systems in providing and measuring equitable care for people experiencing homelessness. Learn more about CHCF’s work to address homelessness and health care.
The exact responsibilities of the fellow will depend on the particular skills and interests of the fellow as well as rapidly shifting needs at CHCF and in the field. Representative duties will include the following:
Support the environmental scan / landscape work launching spring 2021. Work closely with grantees (yet to be identified) to:
- Answer key questions about the policy/funding landscape for programs serving people experiencing homelessness in California (particularly in the Medi-Cal program), key stakeholders, evidence-based (or best) practices for populations of interest, quality measurement, programmatic gaps, etc.
- Scope and produce publications and other products related to areas of interest and expertise.
- Make and share hypotheses about how CHCF can best use its resources to address gaps and improve outcomes.
- Develop and shepherd grants to meet the goals identified through the environmental scans / subsequent strategic analyses.
- Seek input and buy-in from colleagues across the foundation, collaborate on health equity projects, and champion racially/culturally responsive solutions for serving people experiencing homelessness.
Develop key partnership with new stakeholders across the state:
- Engage in listening work (and consider opportunities to commission work) with health care providers (managed care plans, county organized delivery system plans, associations, providers), consumers, criminal justice stakeholders, harm reduction advocates, and others.
- Understand and articulate challenges and opportunities in the health care delivery system for consumers and other stakeholders, to generate ideas for subsequent grants.
- Identify and engage with other foundations inside and outside California funding this work.
Strengthen networks and reputation of CHCF’s health care and homelessness work:
- Represent CHCF at local events and conferences.
- Support external engagement efforts and multimodal media content, such as blog and video, to bolster CHCF’s reach and reputation, as needed.
Learn more about the CHCF Health Equity Fellowship Program, including our vision for the program, desired qualifications, and general application process.