Access to Care

Developing programs supporting access to care

blue shield of california foundation patient engagementThe Blue Shield of California Foundation retained our team to publicize findings from its third annual report “Building Better Health Care for Low-Income Californians.” The report highlighted the issue of access to health care for low-income individuals and provided an opportune platform for raising the Foundation’s profile as a significant player in health policy at the national level.

In an effort to broaden the report’s reach, highlight the important work of BSCF and position the Foundation and CEO Dr. Peter Long as leaders in the field, we organized a standing-room only event at the National Press Club comprised of representatives from 39 organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Families USA, the Institute of Medicine, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, we assembled an audience of more than 85 organizations which tuned into the event via Webcast.

Currently, the Foundation is helping safety-net providers adapt to the rapidly changing health care environment and provide quality care to the most vulnerable Californians. We are working with Foundation staff to develop educational programs about new payment models, team-based care, behavioral health care, and patient engagement.