Health Funders Partnership of Orange County

20 Years of Transformational Work

To improve the health and wellness of the Orange County community by enhancing the impact and efficiency of health philanthropy. Health Funders Partnership is a partner organization of Orange County Grantmakers (OCG).

The Partnership has three strategic focus areas that will guide its work through 2020 to improve the health and wellness of the Orange County community:

1. Strengthen Community Health & Wellness

2. Improve Health and Wellness Structures/Systems for Vulnerable Populations

3. Protect Access to Care For All

For over 15 years the transformational work of the Partnership has set a standard for health philanthropy in Orange County. In 2010, the Partnership received the 5th Annual “Supporting the Safety Net Award” from the Association of Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) and was recognized as a national model of collaboration. In 2011, the Partnership received the Irvine Health Foundation Anniversary Prize for collaborative efforts leading to significant progress in the availability of care, health, and well-being of the community.

The Health Funders Partnership is a collaborative of organizations committed to investing in Orange County’s health care safety net. Eligible partners currently provide funding in Orange County for health and wellness, and have a commitment to systemic change. Partners are organizations, not individuals. Each partner organization pays an annual membership fee.

For more information about joining the Health Funders Partnership, please contact: healthfunders@ocgrantmakers.org

Our Role in the Community

The Partnership builds on its funding Partners’ traditional grantmaking, and collaboratively creates and supports innovative opportunities to improve the health of Orange County residents. We play a unique and critical role in Orange County philanthropy.

We are Champions of the Orange County Safety Net

The Partnership supports efforts to strengthen our safety net system to ensure that it is able to provide quality, accessible, and effective care and services to all Orange County residents. We accomplish this by funding the work of various community organizations and incubating new programs and initiatives.

We Build Organizational and Community Capacity

The Partnership promotes community-driven solutions to promote a healthy Orange County. We support and empower organizations and collaboratives working to address Orange County’s most pressing health issues.

We Raise Awareness and Educate on Issues of Health and Well-Being

The Partnership serves as a convener of Orange County’s funding and health care safety net. We educate, inform policy and systems change, and elevate best practices. The Partnership regularly hosts convenings and events to bring together safety net providers and thought leaders to develop solutions for Orange County.

In 1999, a group of funders joined together around a shared vision to strengthen and improve the health of Orange County residents, as well as to enhance the impact and efficiency of health philanthropy.

PacifiCare Foundation

The Health Funders Partnership of Orange County was founded in 1999 by a group of 8 organizations to allow funders to leverage their resources around specific health issues in an effort to create systems change. Over the last 20 years, the Partnership has implemented successful health care programs, helped incubate new organizations, and brought together the health care community in order to find ways to advance health care for all in Orange County.

Our Partner Collaboration

Our partners consist of 14 organizations dedicated to improving the health of Orange County.

Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center

Cox Communications

Edwards Lifesciences Foundation

First Republic Bank

Fluor

Golden State Foods Foundation

Kaiser Permanente 

OC Soccer Club Community Foundation

Pacific Dental

Pacific Life 

PIMCO

Taco Bell Foundation

Wells Fargo 

Western Digital Foundation & Community Relations World Wide

HPFOC Timeline

1999: Founding
1999: Founding
The Health Funders Partnership is founded by eight organizations
1999: Founding
2000: Diabetes Initiative
2000: Diabetes Initiative
Launched in 2000, this program was a major milestone for Orange County health philanthropy that focused on the prevention and treatment of Type II Diabetes. A community needs assessment conducted by the Health Funders Partnership in 1999 found Type II Diabetes to be one of the most pressing health challenges in Orange County at the time. Phase I included a total of $2.4 million that was granted to four collaborative projects. In this phase, over 16,000 individuals received direct care for Type II Diabetes, 100% of county public school nurses were trained to screen children for Type II Diabetes, and 5,471 5th – 8th grade children were screened. This phase also included an outreach campaign in the Vietnamese community that resulted in screening of over 6,000 individuals and educational training for 236 physicians.
2000: Diabetes Initiative
2003: Healthy Smiles
2003: Healthy Smiles
Another unmet urgent need identified by the Health Funders’ Community Needs Assessment from 1999 was dental care for children. As a result, the Health Funders worked with other entities to help incubate Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County. The Partnership helped retain consultants to develop a community pediatric dental program focusing on prevention, education and treatment. Since Healthy Smiles’ inception, the average age of children at their first visit to the dentist has dropped from 5 years to 2 years in Orange County
2003: Healthy Smiles
2004: Diabetes Initiative Phase II
2004: Diabetes Initiative Phase II
Launched in 2004, the second phase of the Diabetes Initiative focused on fitness and nutrition for kids. In this phase, approximately $550,000 was granted to six organizations. Physical activity programs were implemented by grantees in 750 elementary school classrooms, healthy cafeteria food options were provided in two elementary schools and one hospital, and leadership training was provided to residents in several communities to empower them to advocate for change in the built environment, enforce joint use agreements, and make playgrounds and parks safe.
2004: Diabetes Initiative Phase II
2004: Safety Net Coalition
2004: Safety Net Coalition
In 2004, the Health Funders Partnership was asked to address the lack of a strong health care safety net in the county.

The Health Funders established the Safety Net coalition that initially focused on four major initiatives:

  • Creation of a specialist physician network
  • Provision of insurance for every child
  • Increased funding to the county to support health and mental health services
  • Development of an advocacy program to increase support for safety net services and providers
    2004: Safety Net Coalition
    2005: AccessOC
    2005: AccessOC
    Access OC was launched in 2005 through the work of the Health Funders’ Safety Net Coalition to improve access to specialty care for the safety net population.

    In 2007, Access OC implemented of a free, out-patient surgery program modeled after Operation Access. By adding specialist capacity to community clinics, Access OC created a network of specialists to see publicly funded and uninsured patients.

    Access OC was also to establish an eConsult system harnessing health information technology to provide secure, web-based health information exchange in order to improve communication between primary care physicians and specialists.

    Today, Access OC is part of the Illumination Foundation.
    2005: AccessOC
    2005: Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHI OC)
    2005: Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHI OC)
    CHI OC was created with the help of the Health Funders in 2005 as part of the Health Funders’ Safe Net Coalition’s work.

    In 2006, CHI OC began operations and joined the statewide California Children’s Health Initiative (CCHI) coalition and enrollments began through CHI OC at the end of 2006.

    Today, CHI OC continues to reach out into the community to locate children in need of health care. They use a case management model that follows children through the establishment of a medical/dental home, removes barriers to care, and ensures that these children retain health care coverage. This model has dramatically increased the retention of children’s health insurance coverage and is teaching families the importance of preventive care.

    Today, Access OC is part of the Illumination Foundation.
    2005: Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHI OC)
    2005: Medical Services Initiative
    2005: Medical Services Initiative
    In 2005, as another piece of the Health Funders’ Safety Net Coalition work, the Health Funders worked the Health Care Agency of Orange County to apply for and receive a $51 million federally funded grant over three years to help provide health care to the uninsured population. The grant was The County of Orange Health Care Agency Medical Services Initiative (MSI) program, which provided essential medical care for nearly 22,000 low-income, uninsured adults annually.

    The program covered primary and preventative health services, and all enrollees had a “medical home” with access to over 2,000 specialty physicians as well as major hospitals. The program reduced emergency room visits by 61%, and an expanded electronic health information system, MSIConnect, connected hospital emergency departments, over 300 emergency physicians, and 14 community clinics.
    2005: Medical Services Initiative
    2014: LiveHealthyOC
    2014: LiveHealthyOC
    In 2014, the Health Funders launched a partnership with the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers and the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and its Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine to improve health and wellness in community health centers and clinics through integrative health.

    Working in seven community clinics across Orange County, the goal of the program was to transform the culture, practice and care delivery models of participating clinics serving the underserved from a disease-based management model to a sustainable integrated health approach centered on creating a true community of health and wellness.

    Practices included group medical visits, nutritional workshops, and introductions to holistic health solutions like yoga, acupuncture, tai chi, and meditation. The program aimed to create a culture of wellness by improving health outcomes, reducing chronic disease, and equipping patients with the knowledge and tools for self-care.

    At the end of the first three years of the program, clinical results demonstrated that overall patients experienced a:

    • Mean 6% reduction in A1c levels
    • 39% reduction in severe pain level
    • Average BMI reduction of 1.5%, where 64% of participants lost weight
      2014: LiveHealthyOC
      2018: Convening
      2018: Convening
      2018: Convening

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