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Strategic Plan 2015-2020

In October 2015 Cone Health Foundation announced a new strategy to strengthen the impact it has on improving community health and well-being. The greatest change for the Foundation will be the increased intensity of its proactive work. Most programmatic changes are an evolution for the Foundation, rather than a change in direction, and all are intended to maximize and measure the impact of the Foundation’s investments.

Cone Health Foundation will continue to work in its four current funding priority areas: access to health care; adolescent pregnancy prevention; HIV, and substance abuse and mental health. All four areas remain important to improving the health of the community and opportunities for substantial improvement continue to exist in all four areas. Cone Health Foundation board and staff are optimistic about the potential to achieve meaningful gains in all four areas over the next five years.

See our plan for impact outlined below or download as a PDF.

Access to Care

What we look to achieve by 2020

  • Support the application of integrated care (primary, behavioral and oral care) as the health care model for the uninsured.
  • Increase the number of uninsured adults receiving integrated, comprehensive coordinated care that is available, appropriate and affordable.
  • Reduce the number of uninsured adults in Greensboro who do not have a primary care provider.

How we plan to achieve it

  • Facilitate the adoption of an integrated care model directed at providing primary, behavioral health, and oral health care to uninsured adults.
  • Support the capacity development of indigent care clinics to serve more uninsured adults through technical assistance and training for integrated care.
  • Increase availability of culturally appropriate health care services for immigrants and refugees through the use of community health workers.
  • Invest in an Integrated Care hub that will facilitate integration communitywide to achieve optimal care for the uninsured.
  • Improve access to care by supporting outreach efforts to help uninsured adults become aware of and eligible to receive health care coverage.
  • Support policy research and advocacy for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.

Our investments 2016-2018

  • Support five clinics for a total of $2.2 million to provide access to integrated care services for uninsured adults.
  • Provide $1.3 million to connect homeless, immigrants and refugees to integrated care clinics.
  • Underwrite $445,000 for technical assistance, training and evaluation of grantee partners focused on integrated care service delivery for the uninsured.
  • Increase access to dental care services ($500,000) and prescription medications ($505,000) for vulnerable populations.
  • Award $258,500 in funding to four nonprofit organizations to conduct outreach, education and enrollment for the health insurance marketplace.
  • Invest $282,000 to cover the costs of enrollment and co-pay fees for children living in low-income households to gain access to comprehensive health insurance coverage.
  • Widely disseminate a comprehensive, county-level study authored by George Washington University, that shows nearly 500,000 could gain insurance coverage if Medicaid were expanded.

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

What we look to achieve by 2020

  • Prevent adolescent pregnancy among 15-19 year olds in Greensboro.
  • Delay second and subsequent births before age 20.

How we plan to achieve it

  • Increase Greensboro teens’ access to effective, affordable, age-appropriate sexual health care.
  • Provide clinician training focused on counseling that promotes highly effective long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) as a first option for teens.
  • Support evidence-based programming that helps young parents avoid subsequent pregnancies while focusing on good parenting.

Our investments 2016-2018

  • Invest $1 million in three clinics to expand the availability of quality, teen friendly family planning services that includes use of long-acting reversible contraception and other highly reliable family planning methods.
  • Support clinic partners with comprehensive training, education, monitoring, technical assistance and continuous quality improvement investments totaling $456,000.
  • Promote healthy spacing between pregnancies by offering long-acting reversible contraceptives immediately post-partum to women under the age of 20 who deliver at Women's Hospital.
  • Invest $609,000 to support evidence-based secondary pregnancy prevention programs that are long term and relationship based.

HIV

What we look to achieve by 2020

  • Prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection by increasing the number of people in Guilford County who know their HIV status; and increasing the proportion of people with HIV who are in continuous care.

How we plan to achieve it

  • Achieve community level viral suppression (viral loads of <200) by using medical treatment (appropriate initiation of antiretroviral therapy) to keep HIV at a level that helps individuals stay healthy and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
  • Explore the use of culturally congruent online social networks that promote HIV testing, deliver HIV prevention messages, and increase adherence to HIV medication among men who have sex with men.

Our investments 2016-2018

  • Invest $741,000 in three organizations that seek to help as many HIV-infected people as possible get linked to HIV care, retained in care, and re-engaged in care if they have fallen out-of-care.
  • Invest $1 million to increase access to case management, home-based medical care, dental care, mental health services, and housing assistance to improve retention in HIV care.
  • Invest $402,000 to increase HIV testing efforts in Greensboro.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

What we look to achieve by 2020

  • Support the expansion of availability of evidence-based services to address adult patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

How we plan to achieve it

  • Support capacity development of large volume mental health/substance use treatment providers to serve adults with co-occurring disorders based on evidence-based practices.
  • Support the establishment of a learning cooperative among large volume mental health/substance use treatment providers to share training and education about proven evidence-based practices for treating adults with co-occurring disorders.

Our investments 2016-2018

  • Provide $1.3 million to increase the capacity of six substance abuse and mental health providers to effectively address the needs of individuals diagnosed with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Provide $433,000 for technical assistance and training of substance abuse and mental health providers to be able to effectively treat co-occurring disorders.
  • Invest $442,000 in outreach, screening and referral services for behavioral health treatment of immigrants, refugees and the homeless population.

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Strategic Focus

Our Annual Report

A Look Back at Moving Forward - Annual Report

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