We want to improve how primary care is delivered to vulnerable populations in New Jersey.
Vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions and behavioral health issues. They often lack timely access to care and face a fragmented system of healthcare services that is difficult to navigate without help.
Primary care physicians are typically a patient’s first contact with the healthcare system. They provide preventive services, identify health issues in the early stages, and help manage and coordinate the care of chronic health conditions. They can also help patients identify and address behavioral health issues like mental health and substance abuse, which are often treated separately in different health care systems.
Growing evidence demonstrates that a fully integrated system of healthcare that addresses individuals’ physical and behavioral health needs can improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and, most importantly, improve the overall health and well-being of patients.
We seek out the most effective, evidence-based models of primary care delivery and fund projects to bring these models to patients who need them. We believe that a model delivering accessible, quality care at lower costs to patients is successful if it can be scaled, replicated, and sustained into the future.
Examples of our work in this area include: