2017 - 2020 Strategic Areas

In 2016, the Foundation Board of Directors and staff revised our strategic plan to better reflect our efforts in coverage and care, behavioral health, and social equity and health. This refocusing provides flexibility to respond to the new reality while continuing the work that is critical to our core mission. This new strategic plan will serve as a blueprint for our work over the next several years as we seek to make a difference and to create an impact. 

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MISSION

The mission of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is to expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people in the Commonwealth. We collaborate with public and private organizations to broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care through grants, research, and policy initiatives. Founded in 2001 with an initial endowment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Foundation operates separately from the company and is governed by its own Board of Directors.

FOCUS AREAS

PROGRAMS

INTENDED IMPACT

Grantmaking

We invest through strategic grant-making and knowledge sharing. We fund programs and projects that promote sustainable improvements in health care access for low-income and vulnerable people. We also identify trends to inform our policy work and bring to scale best practices and lessons learned.

Policy & Research

We dedicate ourselves to impartial and informative policy analysis. Working with nationally recognized researchers and academics, we focus on projects that promote the development of effective policy solutions on local and national health care issues. Our publications are widely regarded as key resources for policymakers and stakeholders.

Educational Programs

We educate. The Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership develops emerging health care leaders. The Health Coverage Fellowship expands the capacity of the media to cover health care issues. The Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a full-time program of the Foundation, broadens the understanding of the MA Medicaid program, MassHealth.

Convenings

We engage the community through collaborations and convenings. Foundation-sponsored conferences assemble stakeholders from government, advocacy, academia and the provider community to discuss health care issues. Our grantees participate in learning communities with their peers to share best practices and address common challenges..

RESOURCES