Blog

The Foundation's blog is a place to hear from staff and leadership about issues that matter to us.

Vacation 3.0: Crowdsourcing Solutions for Impact

Posted by: Brittany Imwalle

April 18, 2017

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my daughter’s ninth birthday. And it was almost a fiasco. We arrived at a local amusement...

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What it means to “Act Now”

Posted by: Carolyn Wang Kong

February 15, 2017

When I joined Blue Shield of California Foundation just over a year ago, I was excited to use my skills and knowledge to...

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California’s Bold New Steps For Treating Drug And Alcohol Use Through Medicaid: Lessons Learned

Posted by: Rachel Wick

January 26, 2017

In late 2016, the US Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report on drug and alcohol addiction. It was inspiring to see...

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Time To Focus On The ACA’s Sometimes Unheralded Virtue: Value-Based Care

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

January 12, 2017

Lost amidst the coverage of President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition and cabinet appointments is a chilling fact: the...

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Together we Stand

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

December 29, 2016

Given the results of the recent election, we don’t yet know what changes we will encounter on the road ahead. What we do...

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Learning to go with the Flow

Posted by: Gwyneth Tripp

December 19, 2016

Before the rains came, I was watering my garden and the hose I was using would only spray for a few seconds, and then give...

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Una Ofrenda: Honoring the stories that shape us

November 28, 2016

A few weeks ago, I went home to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with my family. Each year, in preparation...

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Building Strength Over Silence

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

October 26, 2016

As this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues, I find myself humbled, inspired, and uplifted by the stories...

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Why I Vote

Posted by: Christine Maulhardt

October 19, 2016

A bright yellow legal pad and black felt-tip pen set me off on my journey as an advocate. I was twelve years old and...

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Unity, Ingenuity, and Hope in Havana

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

September 21, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cuba for an educational trip with my fellow board members at Grantmakers in...

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What Does Innovation Mean for the Foundation?

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

June 9, 2016

“Innovation” is an increasingly ubiquitous term in health care that can mean many things to different people and...

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An Index for Impact: Placing our Domestic Violence Work in Context

Posted by: Andrew Kolbenschlag

May 31, 2016

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a presentation on the California Women’s Well-Being Index, a new resource...

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Mothers & Sons

Posted by: Lucia Corral Peña

April 19, 2016

Last weekend I watched a film called “The Hunting Ground” with my 17-year-old son. The compelling documentary examines the...

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Improving Care after Coverage: A 21st Century Approach to Delivering Health Care

Posted by: Richard Thomason

April 7, 2016

Imagine needing to address a simple health issue, but your doctor can’t see you or speak with you for several weeks....

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Prioritizing Progress

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

March 22, 2016

We’ve begun the third year of implementing our Foundation’s strategic plan, which is designed to transform California’s...

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Beyond The Headlines: The truth about guns & domestic violence

March 15, 2016

Kansas. Washington. Virginia. Last month, in the span of seven days, three mass shootings in those states became national...

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Thoughts for San Bernardino

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

December 3, 2015

Our hearts go out to the victims, families, and community of San Bernardino. The San Bernardino County Public Health...

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#EndTheSilence: Guest Blog from Lillian Agbeyegbe

November 12, 2015

Last month, I found Blue Shield of California Foundation's Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign iwillendthesilence....

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An Underutilized Tool For Foundations—Policy Change

October 12, 2015

In philanthropy, we are driven by the causes that matter to us and bolstered by the opportunity to generate meaningful...

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#EndTheSilence

October 7, 2015

In her brilliant 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story, novelist Chimanda Ngozi Adichie cautions against relying on...

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Words to Live by

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

September 11, 2015

"...to end domestic violence." I read these words often in our mission statement, and frequently share them with...

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Progress! A Journey through Adaptive Change

Posted by: Joycelyn Macbeth

September 11, 2015

"I began to think bigger, approach things differently, and commit to purposeful exploration beyond my doorstep. I had found...

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Bridging the Gap Between Behavioral and Primary Health Care for Low-Income Patients

Posted by: Rachel Wick

June 26, 2015

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope...

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Reflection Season

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

June 26, 2015

This summer marks five years since I first stepped into my role as president and CEO of Blue Shield of California...

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Stronger Together: A strengths-based leadership approach to field building

June 25, 2015

Before joining the Foundation in January, I spent the last five years co-leading the team that designed the Strong Field...

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The Strength to Rise and Remember the Fall

Posted by: Nikki Uyên Đinh

April 30, 2015

Today, April 30, marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, also called “Black April.” The day marks the retreat of...

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Creative Culture Clash: A Story of Zorro, Beyonce and Domestic Violence

Posted by: Lucia Corral Peña

April 7, 2015

Though I have long been an admirer of smart and talented women, I am only newly a member of the Beyonce fan club (a.k.a.,...

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Helping Ideas Spring Forward

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

March 26, 2015

Periodically, it is important to review the fundamentals of our work to ensure that we remain true to our mission. This...

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Recognition & Remembrance

Posted by: Richard Thomason

March 26, 2015

This winter, we lost three incredible allies in the fight to improve access to healthcare for all Americans. Each one of...

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A Wider Lens, a Clearer Picture

March 5, 2015

Imagine you or a loved one is sick. Your doctor shares some treatment options — all of which are costly or come with...

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The Process of Progress

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

December 17, 2014

“Change is the only constant in life, and it is in changing that we find purpose.” –Heraclitus Recently, it seems we’re...

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Discovering a Healthy Conversation

December 15, 2014

I was recently on a run with one of my best friends, whom I’ve known since we were just twelve years old. From visits to...

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#BetheSolution… but how?

November 24, 2014

Interested in ending domestic violence? Visit our Throw the Flag campaign to learn how you can #BeTheSolution A friend of...

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Be the Solution

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

September 17, 2014

Last week I was honored to speak at an event hosted by our grantee, Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). That same...

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Seeing Healthier Families Grow in San Diego

September 16, 2014

In late June, I had the opportunity to visit Neighborhood Healthcare in Northeast San Diego. The visit held special...

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Partnering with Policymakers to Address Domestic Violence

September 16, 2014

The Domestic Violence Select Committee is made up of California assemblymembers who are dedicated to addressing domestic...

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Witnessing Coordinated Care in Action

Posted by: Richard Thomason

September 16, 2014

More chest pains. Dizziness. Was I having a heart attack? After weeks of recurring chest pains, I finally broke down and...

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The Era That Made it Possible for Us All to Have a Dream

July 22, 2014

I love all things 60s — the music, the history, and the social movements that took off during that period of cultural...

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It Takes a Village: Treating Tragedy at its Source

Posted by: Rachel Wick

June 10, 2014

Hearing the recent news about the tragic shootings in Isla Vista - which took the lives of seven young people - sparked...

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A New Test of Service and Sacrifice

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

May 25, 2014

This Memorial Day takes on new significance as America welcomes the largest number of returning veterans since the end of...

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Undone on Highway 101

April 15, 2014

On the way to a friend’s birthday party recently, I was on highway 101 in Sonoma County, stuck in slow-moving traffic.  ...

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Lessons from Mi Abuelita

March 21, 2014

Her chest rose and fell in sync with every beep of the machine next to her hospital bed. She lay there peacefully, unaware...

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From Boys to Men - Lessons Along the Way

Posted by: Lucia Corral Peña

February 18, 2014

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It presents a great opportunity for parents to talk about healthy...

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Build. Test. Repeat.

January 15, 2014

I love spreadsheets.  And I mean love spreadsheets.  I even dressed up as one for Halloween.  In my view, there are few...

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Closing California’s Healthcare Chasm

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

October 15, 2013

I’ve always told people that I grew up in Forest Hill, Maryland, in a town of less than 400 people. However, a colleague...

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Brenda's family

Pursuing your passion; remembering your roots

August 14, 2013

I love summer for many reasons, but one of them may surprise you - it’s the season when I get to spend time with our summer...

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Thrown for a Curve

July 29, 2013

For me, the best part of going to a baseball game is, actually, not the game itself; it’s the opportunity to enjoy one of...

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New Strategy, Same Mission

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

June 27, 2013

We understand that creating real impact doesn’t happen by chance. So, over the past year, we worked with our Board and took...

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Princess Bride movie photo

From the ‘Cliffs of Insanity’ to ‘As you wish’

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

March 26, 2013

If you have ever seen the movie The Princess Bride, you know that it is an epic adventure that has a little bit of...

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Patients at a California Community Health Center

The Patient Is In: Listening To Low-Income Californians

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

February 11, 2013

The dramatic expansions in health insurance coverage included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will...

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Doctor and assistant at a California community health center

Reconsidering Primary Care: A View from a Foundation President

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

January 30, 2013

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act , there has been a persistent, urgent call to produce more primary care...

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Stopwatch_2013

Affordable Care Act Offers Funders Opportunities for Impact

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

December 10, 2012

As we approach the holidays and the end of another year, many look to the year ahead and what it holds. For those of us in...

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The Road to the Cloud

October 25, 2012

Ok, for all you grammar geeks, I know “cloudify” isn’t a word, but today we’re going to coin a new term. The cloud is,...

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2011 Annual Report Cover

Taking the Foundation Annual Report Exercise to the Next Level

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

September 11, 2012

Blue Shield of California Foundation's Experience A strange thing happened this year when we kicked off planning for our...

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Who's Ready to Dive In?

August 10, 2012

Have you ever taught a kid to swim? My family and I are getting ready to spend a week in Mexico with lots of pools and...

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If I Can't Dance

June 19, 2012

The physical and emotional scars of violence, the politics of government support, and the daily heartaches faced by...

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It's Our Turn to Serve

Posted by: Peter Long, Ph.D.

May 8, 2012

A lot can happen in a year. Twelve months ago Osama bin Laden was the most wanted man in the world and “occupy” was just a...

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