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Partners and Funders

Essential Hospitals Institute works with a diverse group of partners and funders. We prioritize strategic collaboration with organizations who share a similar mission and with whom we can mutually support essential health care providers and their patient populations.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated solely to health and the nation’s most pressing health issues. RWJF supports the Institute’s work to promote population health among members of America’s Essential Hospitals, specifically through funding development of a population health road map for essential hospitals and health systems.

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit arm is one of the nation’s leading philanthropic organizations. Essential Hospital Institute has a long-standing relationship with Kaiser Permanente, which supports many Institute research and quality improvement initiatives on population health, health equity, and clinical excellence. Kaiser Permanent also funds the Institute’s ongoing work on the National Partnership for the Health Care Safety Net.

The National Partnership for the Health Care Safety Net is a strategic partnership comprising America’s Essential Hospitals, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. The Partnership supports essential hospitals and community health centers nationally as they navigate and adapt to systemwide policy changes and accountability standards under the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit and The East Bay Community Foundation support this work.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a research organization that supports and promotes patient-centered research and practice. PCORI has contracted to support several Essential Hospitals Institute research initiatives, including those related to delivery system reform and chronic care models, effective care transition strategies, and adoption of patient-centered outcomes research by essential hospitals.


Vizient Inc. is a large, national health care services organization that supports its members with exceptional, cost-effective care.

The East Bay Community Foundation is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform lives. In conjunction with Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, The East Bay Foundation provides core funding support for the Institute’s work in population health and health equity, as well as for the National Partnership for the Health Care Safety Net.


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