Empire Health Foundation – 2014 Year in Review
by Antony Chiang, December 2014
Philanthropic Impact and Results:
In 2014, EHF accelerated its track record of moving the dial on health in our region.
Obesity Prevention: 11 school districts have converted to healthy scratch cooking as an anchor strategy. We are excited to partner with Spokane Public Schools in 2015, which will double the number of meals impacted to over 3 million meals per year in the next 3 years. Of the first 4 intervention districts, three of them have seen measured improvements in obesity rates.
Health Care Access: Of several important Better Health Together initiatives, one highlight is the In Person Assistor program, which has enrolled 70,000 uninsured patients – an enormous increase from the original contracted target of 10,000.
Mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the K-12 sector: EHF partnered with Spokane Public Schools and Rodgers High School to reduce out-of-school suspensions by 35% in one school year through a multi-pronged trauma-informed strategy. While short of our bold goal of a 50% reduction, we are still excited about the impact.
Preventing and Mitigating ACEs through the Child Welfare sector: WA State Children’s Administration will be signing a contract with EHF’s subsidiary, Family Impact Network (FIN) to be the state’s first Network Administrator for Performance Based Contracting. FIN will likely manage $7-8 million in service dollars in 2015. This is a major step that positions our region to improve outcomes for children and families in the Child Protective Services system. Co-investment by other funders has accelerated progress.
Pipeline of Primary Care Physicians: After several decades of capped residency slots, the region welcomed 6 new residents to the Spokane Teaching Health Center in 2014 (compared to an existing 75). With the recent approval of another class and a Psychiatry program, next year could potentially bring in 15 total new residents. If federal funds are renewed, the pipeline will be increased by 60% in 4 years. If not, they will fall to their prior levels. This initiative has the greatest risk of losing our initial impact gains.
Capacity Building: The team continued to catalyze bringing $5 million in new funding and resources to the region in 2014. To date EHF has helped bring $149 million in funding to partners in the region and state, compared to $11 million directly from our endowment over the same time period.
Dental Emergencies Needing Treatment (DENT)
EHF partnered with Providence and the Washington Dental Services Foundation to support a pilot project called DENT designed to reduce unnecessary Emergency Room utilization for dental emergencies and to coordinate a network of oral health care providers to improve access, health, and reduce costs for this population. In less than 5 months, DENT helped connect more than 575 patients to appropriate oral health treatment.
2014 Responsive Grant Awards
Healthcare Insurance Enrollment Here is Near Top of Exchange
Journal of Business, April 10, 2014
Washington State Health Benefit Exchange is one of the national leaders among states in enrolling participants in qualified health plans, and Spokane County is one of the top counties for enrollment in the state, based on preliminary data compiled by the exchange. Read more
Empire Health Foundation to Triple its Giving
Journal of Business, December 05, 2013: By Linn Parish
The Empire Health Foundation is projecting that its investment in health care initiatives next year will grow even faster than the size of its endowment. Antony Chiang, president of the nonprofit health foundation, says the organization this year has contributed $1.8 million toward health-related grant requests and a handful of its own initiatives. Next year, he says, "We're going to triple that."
Teaching Health Center Grant Awarded: Medical Residency Slots to Expand
December 21, 2013, Spokesman Review
A federal grant announced Friday will expand the number of medical residents in Spokane and help create a medical-training clinic in Spokane’s University District, where students and educators will work in teams to find better ways to deliver health care to area residents.
The $900,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will cover the cost of adding six more medical residents in Spokane. Some of the money will also cover the cost of adding faculty and outfitting the new clinic, said Mike Wilson, senior adviser for Providence Health Care’s Spokane operations.
Providence Health, Washington State University Spokane and the Empire Health Foundation received the grant and will manage the operation as it moves forward. Read More
Cheney school district demonstrated fantastic impact in improving the health of the children they serve. Their work, and partnership with Empire Health Foundation, is featured in a recent newspaper article. EHF's investment in re-training their food service workers as part of our Obesity Prevention initiative, is one segment of a multi-prong strategy not only in the schools but also in the communities.
HUD Secretary Donovan and COF CEO Spruill present national award to EHF and partners:
Two school districts, Othello and Cheney, demonstrated amazing commitment to making significant change to improve the health of the children they serve. Their work, and partnership with Empire Health Foundation, is featured in a newspaper article. EHF's investment in re-training their food service workers as part of our Obesity Prevention initiative, is one segment of a multi prong strategy not only in the schools but also in the communities. Cook for America, our partner that designed the "scratch cooking boot camp" that new school districts will go through next year, was recently featured in an ABC Nightline segment (click here to see the article and video).