FORESIGHT is an initiative of 17 philanthropic partners led by The Rippel Foundation, created in partnership with Blue Shield of California Foundation, and closely advised by people representing a diversity of sectors who are ready to uncover and implement new ideas to address our nation’s growing challenges around health and well-being.
“With FORESIGHT we have the exciting opportunity to collaborate to do something truly transformative. Using a futures lens—looking at trends and scanning for weak signals of change—allows us the opportunity to step outside the current system and get a new vantage point on our system of health and well-being. With new ways of thinking, we will set out to equitably envision and bring about a new future for health and well-being for all. Working with others to create an equitable design process toward this end is my priority.”
Lindsey Alexander is project director of the FORESIGHT initiative, overseeing all aspects of its development and implementation. She also contributes intervention portfolio expertise to the Regional Portfolio Design project for Rippel’s ReThink Health initiative. Previously, Lindsey guided the ReThink Health initiative’s place-based partnership with Michigan’s THRIVE initiative and served as financing content lead for the ReThink Health Ventures project. She also co-authored and managed the development of Beyond the Grant: A Sustainable Financing Workbook. Prior to joining Rippel, Lindsey led her own consulting practice for 10 years that focused on designing and implementing catalytic local processes. She was also an analyst with the City of Minneapolis finance department.
More about Lindsey: Lindsey loves to spend time with her husband and three kids and is learning to “enjoy” camping in Minnesota, where the (unofficial) state bird is the mosquito.
Education: University of Minnesota (MPP), Iowa State University (BA)
“I love that FORESIGHT emphasizes the great importance of community building and interconnectivity to overall health and well-being.”
Molly coordinates logistics and research for the many branches of the FORESIGHT team, and acts as a catch-all support system for the Implementation Team. Molly held a number of different roles before coming to Rippel, all with the same through line of fostering communication and empathy between groups of people. She taught middle school history and theatre for two years before working as a canvass director for Planned Parenthood—two jobs that bore a striking resemblance to each other in terms of helping people discover and articulate causes that they believe in. Her love of storytelling and human connection is what drives her in all endeavors.
More about Molly: As a formerly hour-plus commuter—as well as being generally uncomfortable with silence while she does things like cleaning the bathroom or cooking dinner—Molly regularly listens to many podcasts, on topics as broad as women in business and politics, and as narrow as Harry Potter being read as a sacred text.
Education: Trinity College (BA)
“Our approach to health in the US has become a fragmented, misaligned, and, frankly, dysfunctional system. Trying to mend what is broken by working in small scale on individual silos is no longer tenable as an approach. What FORESIGHT represents is a comprehensive rethink of what the system, as a whole, needs to do in order to see real change happen.”
Stacey Chang serves as the executive director of the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a first-of-its-kind institution, dedicated to applying design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges as an integrated part of both an operating health system, and a medical education and training program. Working with invested stakeholders in the health ecosystem, and harnessing the resources of the university, the Institute is focused on creating human-centered solutions in clinical and community environments—all with the intent to improve people’s health outcomes and health care experiences. The Institute considers topics as broad as the design of health products and services, the built environment, and the structure and functionality of the health ecosystem itself, and is committed to sharing advances that define a new model for societal health. Until 2014, Stacey served as the managing director of the health care practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. Clients included governments, research institutions, hospitals, pharma, insurance, medtech, and all the upstarts trying to rewrite the script, in both established and emerging markets.
“Momentum is building in the movement toward a more equitable and sustainable future for health and well-being, which creates so many opportunities for collaboration and distributed leadership in all sectors—and through FORESIGHT I get to bring that inspiration to action.”
Maggie Cooke provides Rippel with project management, grants administration, proposal development, and high-level support around the development and cultivation of new partners and emerging projects. Working side by side with Rippel President and CEO Laura Landy, Maggie has helped lead the significant fundraising and strategic partnerships efforts of FORESIGHT. Previously, as part of a research project exploring tax credits’ potential as a source of sustainable financing for population health, Maggie co-authored a paper for the National Academy of Medicine (2018). This work also earned her an award of distinction for her practicum project at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Before joining Rippel, Maggie worked at Johnson & Johnson for 10 years, most recently as the senior executive assistant to the chief strategy and business transformation officer, and was a service coordinator at the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation before that, where she assisted residents by connecting them to critical resources in order to empower them in maintaining independent housing.
More about Maggie: Maggie enjoys living on the Delaware River with her family and is an active member of her community, participating in the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition, and serving on both the Frenchtown School Advisory Council and the Frenchtown Planning Board.
Education: Dartmouth College (MPH), University of Alaska Fairbanks (BA)
“FORESIGHT has incredible potential to equitably inform, design, and test strategies to advance a holistic, comprehensive system and culture that fosters health and well-being. It is the first initiative of its kind in which an equitable design process is prioritized as much as the hoped-for outcome in that FORESIGHT is bringing in resident voices to inform and shape future strategies for change.”
Olivia Mastry is principal and founder of Collective Action Lab, a unique collaborative forum that fosters cross-sector, large-scale systems change in the health and well-being. Olivia combines her training and experience in law, health administration, public health, and conflict resolution to support a disciplined collaboration process that enables organizations to accomplish together what they cannot do alone. Her previous collaborations include ACT on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Friendly America, LTSS Pathways, Silos to Circles, and Mill City Kids. She holds an MPH and JD from the University of Minnesota, and has received the 2015 Public Health Innovator Award (from the University of Minnesota) and the 2016 Gerontologist of the Year (from the Minnesota Gerontologist Society).
“FORESIGHT has the potential to change how philanthropy does business to bring about a new future for health.”
Katy Evans is project manager of the FORESIGHT initiative. In this role, she keeps things running on time and on budget by developing and overseeing workplans, managing the project budget, coordinating across the team and partners, and managing key meetings and events. Previously, Katy was senior program associate for Rippel’s ReThink Health Ventures project. She helped lead a collaborative and transparent process to articulate what was learned from the project and its significance for regional leaders and catalyzing organizations across the country. The products produced include toolkits to help leaders strengthen their resident engagement, public narrative, and value propositions—all critical for successful regional transformation efforts. Katy came to Rippel from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where she ran communications and programming for a large-scale project on institutional corruption.
Education: Boston University (doctoral candidate), Kings College London (MA), Boston College (BA)
“What’s most invigorating about FORESIGHT is the passion and energy that everyone brings to the work, every day. It means we can do anything we set our minds to.”
Krishna Patel provides critical support to the FORESIGHT initiative. She assists the FORESIGHT Advisory Committee and leads the process to choose and implement tools to support regional engagement. She also works on the Regional Portfolio Design project for Rippel’s ReThink Health initiative. There she is a jane-of-all-trades, with contributions ranging from logistical support to project design and management. Living the philosophy of servant leadership, Krishna’s earnest, helpful approach has resulted in growth, positive responses, and better collaboration and outcomes for Rippel’s internal teams and external partners. Krishna previously supported Rippel’s ReThink Health Ventures project, and worked closely with its coaching staff to coordinate three of the participating sites (Central Oregon; Sonoma, CA; and Bernalillo County, NM). During her time at Northeastern University, she held several professional positions in its library system.
More about Krishna: Krishna found her studies in public health to be an intersection of her interest in science and her passion for social justice and service. She continues to foster that passion by volunteering at a local shelter that serves homeless and low-income women.
Education: Northeastern University (MPH, BS)
“In California and across the country, we are confronting deep, persistent inequities in health and well-being. It’s also a time of rapid technological and social change. The complexity of how human health is produced—through many interconnected social and economic factors—requires us to think about new solutions. The future is a place of creative possibility, and FORESIGHT is designed to help us imagine what could be and figure out how to get there together.”
Rachel Wick is a senior program officer at Blue Shield of California Foundation, where she leads an initiative focused on designing the future of health in California. Previously, she led the Foundation’s statewide policies and systems change strategies focused on advancing the integration of primary care, mental health and substance use treatment, the spread of electronic consultation (e-consult) between primary care and specialty care systems, and the launch of accountable communities for health. Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Rachel spent eight years at the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington, DC, implementing and evaluating a health equity and advocacy strategy—first as a program officer, and then as director of policy, planning, and special projects. Rachel was selected as a 2010 Terrence Keenan Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy Fellow by Grantmakers in Health. She holds a BA in philosophy from the College of St. Benedict and an MPH in health management and policy from the University of Michigan.
Sammie Ardito Rivera
Sammie Ardito Rivera
Sammie Ardito Rivera is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe with paternal ties to White Earth. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Sammie spent most of her young adult life learning from diverse communities across the United States while working on issues of economic justice, indigenous rights, environmental justice, education, and climate. She received her movement education in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Indigenous Studies with an emphasis in Traditional Knowledge at Northern Arizona University. As Senior Project Director for Marnita’s Table she ensures the project teams effectively deliver the model of Intentional Social Interaction to the communities that need it most. She is also the co-founder of Sin Fronteras Farm & Food, a full spectrum doula, and an herbalist in training. She is passionate about creating resilient, sustainable, healthy, and just communities for her daughter and for all our future generations.
“I am really excited to be part of FORESIGHT because so much of my work on public opinion and health care is focused on the here and now. Issues like affordability and the Affordable Care Act have dominated my work. But FORESIGHT is a chance to look out 10–50 years to see what the future of health can and should look like. This allows me to ask different kinds of questions and gain new insights. This is exactly the kind of conversation we all should be having as we talk about improving health and health care.”
Mike Perry has conducted public opinion research for 23 years for nonprofit organizations, foundations, universities, issue organizations, and government agencies. He works on today’s most pressing public issues such as poverty, obesity and hunger issues, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, children’s issues, global development assistance, substance use, and more. Mike specializes in health care research, particularly issues relating to health care reform implementation, the uninsured, public health programs (Medicaid, Medicare), and more. Before co-founding PerryUndem, Mike was a partner at the national polling firm Lake Research Partners for 16 years. He has a BA in English from Mt. St. Mary’s University and an MA in international relations from the University of Southern California.
“The FORESIGHT Initiative recognizes that we all have a role to play in ensuring that historic and contemporary inequities in health and well-being are fundamentally transformed for the benefit of current and future generations. As a firm believer in the idea that a more equitable and healthy future emanates from an intentional practice of sharing power as we co-create the future together, I am honored to collaborate with community members, partners and allies across sectors in order to effect meaningful change and improve health and well-being outcomes for all.”
Elexis Trinity is a community-based researcher and director of projects at Marnita’s Table where they are responsible for project design and implementation, evaluation, and reportage, and oversight of the organization’s grant writing efforts. Previously, they worked as an educator and community arts organizer and served as a researcher with the Women Writers Project—more recently, on projects for Human Rights Watch and the Stimson Center. Elexis completed their undergraduate degree at Brown University in 2013, where they were named a Sidney E. Frank First Generation Scholar and a Community Fellow with the Swearer Center for Public Service. They completed a master’s degree in human rights with a minor field in science, technology, and environmental policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2020. During their time at the University of Minnesota, they were named a Diversity of Views and Experiences Scholar and were twice awarded a FLAS Fellowship in Russian and International Studies through the Institute for Global Studies at the College of Liberal Arts. While their research sits largely at the intersections of science and technology, public policy, and community engagement, they are broadly passionate about intentional community-building, rights-based advocacy, and collaborating to create more equitable and humane systems.
“It’s an honor to have a seat at the FORESIGHT Initiative table. This initiative is the embodiment of intentional and innovative collaboration. It is clear that bringing together, listening to, and lifting up multiple voices and views across generation, ethnicity, class, ideology, and other means of self-identity has never been more critical for improving and sustaining our collective well-being. The relationships being catalyzed and the trust being established through this inclusive process moves us beyond words into actions as we build a bridge from today to the future that we want to share.”
In a world increasingly fraught with ideological polarization and political tensions, Marnita Schroedl works tirelessly, bringing people together to collaborate more effectively, creating lasting systems change, and greater equity in communities across Minnesota through the incubation of critical social capital. As a bi-racial former foster child raised in an all-white rural town in the Pacific Northwest, she has taken her experiences with disparity and disconnection, in combination with her expertise as a senior communications professional (with decades of experience facilitating, coaching, training and teambuilding) and developed an experience engineering model designed to help others learn to part with their preconceived notions of “the Other” long enough to work together to create meaningful, grassroots change on issues that affect our increasingly diverse communities.
The model she developed, Intentional Social Interaction (or “IZI”) is a replicable, measurable way to deliver cross-cultural competency while simultaneously developing leadership, engaging communities across difference, and conducting participatory action research. Over the past 15 years, over 64,000 marginalized community members, decisionmakers and other constituents have come together in the model of IZI to find common ground on issues ranging from public health and education access to collective resilience, healing from trauma, women’s rights and youth leadership. Currently, over 3,200 people have been trained in IZI, equipping them with the tools necessary to bring the connection and collaboration of radical hospitality and intentional dialogue to their own communities in order to address the issues most salient to their communities’ needs.
Ever attentive to the need to demonstrate equity in action as well as principle, in her current role as the Founder and CEO of social entrepreneurship Marnita’s Table, Marnita makes a point of modeling the ease of hiring, cultivating, and promoting people of color, (wo)manning a staff of nine—including a senior leadership team that is 100% female or nonbinary—of whom 90% identify as Indigenous or a person of color and nearly 50% LGBTQIA+. She ensures that proceeds from community engagement projects go directly back into the communities IZI serves, and actively mentors young professionals all over the world, helping to recommend a diversity of talented young leadership to boards, fellowships, colleges, and universities. In her life, her work and her fierce but compassionate commitment to justice and equity, Marnita exemplifies community leadership and social entrepreneurship for the 21st century, recognizing that only in coming together can we create the future that we seek.
“The FORESIGHT Initiative provides an opportunity to hear voices across socioeconomic, political, and regional divides in order to come together as one national community and engage in a timely conversation about the future of health and wellness. I am thankful to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking team focused on reevaluating our current practices, norms, and systems in order to strategically plan for a future where we all thrive.”
As a Minneapolis native, with roots in the Historic St. Paul Rondo community, Lauren Williams has been engaged with community service organizations focused on uplifting communities of color since childhood—developing her leadership on the shoulders of strong community educators and activists.
Lauren graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and a minor in Leadership. During her time as a student, Lauren was a Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence Ambassador and volunteered with Be The Match, the national bone marrow registry, educating and registering community members in an effort to increase the likelihood that people of color could find a bone marrow donor match.
Starting as a volunteer with the Marnita’s Table Youth Advisory Board at the age of nineteen, Lauren joined the team in 2016 as Communications Coordinator, changing roles in 2017 to focus on enhancing the Intentional Social Interaction training experience. As Training and Project Director at Marnita’s Table, Lauren manages trainings and client-based projects involving training components, ensuring that Intentional Social Interaction (IZI) is accessible to all.
Anne Jin Soo Preston
Anne Jin Soo Preston
“As our world continues to change rapidly, we must determine how we can be more responsive, nimble, and able to meet community needs in the realm of health and well-being in the future. That takes a team that brings a wide variety of perspectives and expertise—a team that can listen, learn, and imagine what is possible. I’m excited to be a part of this team to create influence and inspiration for the future.”
Anne Jin Soo Preston has been working with nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations for over a decade and specializes in research and evaluation. She works with inter-agency partners and cross-sector collaborations to impact society’s toughest issues in aging, arts and culture, disability, education, health, housing, science, social services, and transportation. Anne’s work across multiple sectors helps her visualize entire ecosystems, finding challenges and interdependencies within. Her abilities for aligning strategy, programmatic goals, advocacy, and program outcomes has helped organizations evaluate the process around learning, relationship building, collaboration, and collective impact. Recent projects include: We Are Water MN, MinnesotaHelp.Info, Disability Hub MN, Help Me Grow MN, Reach out and Read MN, and Metro Transit. Anne holds an MPS and a BA from the University of Minnesota.
“In a period in which we seem to lack inspiring visions for our future, it is exciting to have an opportunity to work with a group that is simultaneously so ambitious and so innovative in their efforts to transform American life. With all of the amazing individuals who are contributing to FORESIGHT, this promises to be a unique, inclusive, and inspiring experience.”
Richard A. K. Lum is an academically trained futurist and chief executive of Vision Foresight Strategy LLC (VFS), a foresight and strategic analysis firm based in Honolulu. His professional interests include the futures of governance, conflict and security, and industrialism. VFS’s current project work includes modeling and forecasting for a $10 billion educational institution and research for the Canadian governmental foresight agency. Richard’s current and recent work for the US Department of Defense includes research and concept work for distributed warfare, the F-35 Lightning II Program Office, the SOF community, and research and foresight work in support of the Strategic Capabilities Office, as well as speaking at the Naval War College, SOFWERX, and the Association of the United States Army LANPAC Symposium.
Richard has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, and government agencies on foresight, strategy development, and strategic thinking, including projects for organizations such as the European Commission, the UK government, the US Department of Defense, and PepsiCo. He has helped organizations apply foresight and develop strategy for endeavors ranging from the restoration of ancient Hawaiian island land management divisions, to crowdsourcing foresight development, to helping educators in the US anticipate the long-term futures of learning.
Richard is the author of 4 Steps to the Future: A Quick and Clean Guide to Creating Foresight and his contributions were featured in the book Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight. He has been published in the Journal of Futures Studies, the journal Futures, and the International Journal of System of Systems Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Verge General Practice Framework for foresight work, which is used by foresight practitioners throughout the UK, Europe, Africa, and Asia, for horizon scanning, scenario development, and visioning work.
Richard holds a PhD in political science from the futures studies program at the University of Hawai‘i. His dissertation research focused on developing a conceptual framework for designing future governance systems.
“Assuring health and well-being for all is a transformative goal—and a wicked problem. FORESIGHT represents an audacious national effort to unite diverse communities in exploring what a vision for healthy lives for all might be. It’s one of the most exciting and challenging foresight initiatives I’ve worked on.”
Wendy Schultz is an academically trained futurist with over 35 years of global foresight practice. She has designed futures research projects for NGOs, government agencies, and businesses. Recent clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Policy Horizons Canada, Vodafone, the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, Nesta UK, Singapore’s Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning Centre, the Industrial Research Institute, and PepsiCo. Wendy specializes in participatory futures workshops—most recently at A Temporary Futures Institute at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp; for Africa Knows in Arusha, Tanzania; at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; and in Budapest for Vodafone. These workshops are participatory, exploratory, provocative, and creative. Wendy teaches futures studies in the Masters Program in Strategic Foresight at the University of Houston, is a senior fellow of the Center for Post-Normal Policy and Futures Studies; vice president of training for Vision Foresight Strategy; and a principal of SAMI Consulting. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and a fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation. Her award-winning articles on futures research have been published in Foresight, Futures, the Journal of Futures Studies, World Futures Review, and APF’s Compass.
“The good work Rippel does to improve health and well-being drives me to make our messages visually effective and cohesive so everyone can easily absorb them.”—Bradley Girard, Communications Director (Interim)
Joined Rippel: 2017
Current Roles: Bradley directs the Comms Team, leading our strategy, messaging, branding, and promotion. He makes complex concepts easier for all to understand and unifies messaging around Rippel’s shared vision and its initiatives. He designs visuals to make ideas more straightforward for all to understand.
Career: Brad has provided Rippel with branding and visual design support for years as principal of his own award-winning boutique agency. In his 28 years as a professional designer, photographer, and marketer, Brad has worked with a variety of large brands—including Kaiser Permanente, Toshiba, Verio Healthcare, and the San Francisco 49ers—and received multiple international awards for design, print, and marketing.
More about Brad: Brad serves on portfolio review boards for AIGA, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University, mentoring students as they ready themselves for professional careers. Most weekends, Brad can be found cheering on his daughter’s club court and beach volleyball teams. On his off-time, he and his family love to relax on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
“FORESIGHT is an expansive and inclusive project that is being designed and carried out by distinctive groups operating across diverse regions and in varying capacities. It is a massive undertaking! I am thrilled to help develop messaging and products that will continue to catalyze engagement while keeping participants in the loop. The architects, philanthropists, and residents all have roles in informing and driving the work and the Communications Team is here to work in concert by framing, narrating, and documenting this journey.”
Amanda McIntosh manages Rippel’s editorial and visual production as well as its social media efforts. She also leads Rippel’s work to measure its outreach effectiveness. She has provided critical research, design, and project management support to national-level Rippel projects, including the Convening of Catalysts leadership group that brings together health system transformation trailblazers. As part of a ReThink Health initiative project exploring tax credits’ potential as a source of sustainable financing for population health, she co-authored a paper for the National Academy of Medicine (2018) and contributed greatly to advancing high-level conversation and interest in the topic via Rippel’s social media channels. Amanda formerly worked to support nationwide programs and outreach campaigns for consumer health advocacy organizations, serving as program associate to Community Catalyst’s Roadmaps to Health project and as statewide coordinator at Health Care For All.
More about Amanda: Amanda grew up on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, not as a summer resident, but as a third-generation “year-rounder.” She had some of the same teachers that had taught her father when he went through the island’s school system, decades before. On a recent visit, she found a rare fossilized Megalodon tooth.
Education: Drexel University (MPH), College of Charleston (BA)
“I tend to be a very practical person whose default is to figure out the best, smartest way to operate in the current set of circumstances. FORESIGHT takes me out of that comfort zone. It provides the rare opportunity to abandon current circumstances and ask: What do I want the future to look like? And what do thousands of other people—whose lives are very different from mine—want it to look like? And how can we shape that together to improve health and well-being for everyone in our country?”
Joy Portella is the president of Minerva Strategies, a boutique consultancy that inspires positive change through smart communication. Minerva specializes in communicating about health challenges and innovations in the United States, as well as in low- and middle-income countries.
Prior to establishing Minerva, Joy spent more than five years as director of communications at Mercy Corps. Joy led a team of communicators in the U.S. and Europe, and she personally guided Mercy Corps’ messaging, media relations, crisis communication, and communication related to corporate relationships.
Previously, Joy worked for a decade at leading communication firms—Burson-Marsteller, Ruder Finn, and SS+K—in New York and Washington DC. Eclectic highlights of those years include running the media announcement of Warren Buffett’s unprecedented $31 billion gift to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developing a restructure plan for the UN Department of Public Information, and crafting a brand identity and outreach plan for Pfizer Philanthropy’s “Global Health Fellows” program.
Joy holds a BA from Yale University and an MA in international economics and European studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
“FORESIGHT is a unique opportunity to join forces across sectors and to elevate the voices of communities that are rarely heard. We need to have a national conversation about health, and doing so by relying on future trends is the smart thing to do.”
Edith is the founder of Asibey Consulting. She is an advocacy and communication strategist, behavior designer, and Tiny Habits® Coach who has honed her skills leading global organizations dedicated to solving the most pressing challenges of our time. Multicultural since birth, Edith has lived and worked in several countries and is fluent in four languages. She has been recognized for running effective campaigns in a variety of cultural settings.
Edith leads Asibey Consulting’s work with nonprofits, foundations, humanitarian organizations, and socially responsible companies that want to drastically improve how they engage supporters. She teaches a digital strategies graduate course at New York University, is a frequent speaker at trade conferences, as well as the author of several articles and two popular “how-to” guides.
During her time as a humanitarian worker with UNICEF, Edith was stationed in Brazil when the country was about to host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and during the unexpected response to the Zika virus epidemic, also in 2016. In response, she and her teams designed cutting-edge global engagement strategies that leveraged digital channels in new ways. They successfully mobilized millions of people in over 150 countries in support of children’s rights.
Edith also brought strategic thinking to her role as Chief Communications Officer at The Atlantic Philanthropies in New York, the largest limited-life foundation in the world, which invested $8 billion to advance opportunity and promote equity and dignity before it completed grant making in 2016. She directed global communications; established the Foundation’s digital imprint; shared Atlantic’s lessons learned and elevated the profile of Atlantic’s programs which supported over 1,000 grantee organizations all over the world.
Edith holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Education both from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; a Master of Arts in Media Studies from Stanford University; and a specialization in Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
“FORESIGHT unleashes the power of individuals, corporations, and community organizations to make a positive impact on the nation’s future health outcomes through partnership and collaboration. As the health care industry changes, a need is emerging to try different approaches to driving community health initiatives. FORESIGHT is one of the collaborations addressing those changing needs.”
Amelia Hardy is a senior director in the newly formed Best Buy Health Office. She joined the company in 2014 and has since held various roles of increasing responsibility. She has over 18 years of leadership experience at Fortune 100 companies. Her career positions have included strategy, brand management, business development, product commercialization, and global P&L management. In addition, Amelia is significantly involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives at Best Buy and within her community. Currently, she serves as the champion for the Black Employee Resource Group and is also actively involved with the Women’s Employee Resource Group at Best Buy. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Twin Cities Boys and Girls Club and Minnesota Community Health Care Services.
Amelia is an innovative and transformational business leader who consistently delivers results. She leads with a unique combination of outside-the-box thinking and robust operational acumen. Known as having a servant leadership style, she has been acknowledged for creating collaborative, engaged, progressive, diverse, and high-performing teams.
“Many of us at Rippel have always sensed there must be a better way. Through FORESIGHT, we can find that way, and overcome the barriers to actually reach a healthier future for all.”
Current Roles: As Rippel’s president and CEO, Laura steers the organization’s vision and strategic direction. She gathers the right people and leads them in creating and guiding groundbreaking initiatives like ReThink Health and FORESIGHT. Laura has continually expanded Rippel’s vision in pursuit of its mission step-by-step, inspired by its first president, Julius A. Rippel’s own writings from over 60 years ago. With her leadership, the foundation has shifted from being a small grantmaker bringing about micro-level impacts to pioneering the transformation of health and well-being across the nation.
Career: A Rippel board trustee since 1998, Laura began her career as a grantmaker for federal poverty and unemployment funds, and subsequently worked with the Ford Foundation, Pfizer, Bell Labs, and New Jersey’s public health system—notably designing an integrated medical system for the city of Newark. She also built strategic plans for organizations like Adelphi University and the 92nd Street Y as president of her own consulting firm, Applied Concepts. She created the Institute for Nonprofit Entrepreneurship at NYU’s Stern School of Business (the only such program at any business school), where she also taught and served as associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She has also been a member of the adjunct faculty of Columbia University, the New School, and Fairleigh Dickinson. Laura serves as a trustee of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a board member of Grantmakers in Health.
More About Laura: Laura is passionate about the impact of trends on work and life; she’s perpetually curious about how the world is changing, and how we can prepare for it.
Education: New York University (MBA), Washington University in St. Louis (BA), University of California Berkeley (Certificate in Urban Education)
“Our health care system has dramatically underperformed and overspent relative to the rest of the world for the past four decades. The typical US health policy debate is narrowly defined and focused on incremental changes to how we pay for and deliver services within the existing system. FORESIGHT offers a unique opportunity to co-design bold ideas and future scenarios that could fundamentally improve the health and well-being of all Americans at costs that are more affordable and sustainable. Once developed, we will test these ideas in communities and health systems across the country to see what works and what doesn’t to inform a new, productive national conversation about the future of health and health care. Fundamentally, FORESIGHT represents a new day for health!”
Peter Long is currently transitioning to his new role as senior vice president of health care and community transformation at Blue Shield of California after serving nine years as the president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He led the Foundation in its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by combating domestic violence. In 2013 alone, the Foundation provided $34 million to 326 organizations across California, making it one of the state’s largest grantmaking institutions.
Prior to joining Blue Shield of California Foundation, Peter served in leadership roles at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and The California Endowment. He has extensive experience working on health policy issues at the state, national, and global levels, and has written numerous papers on the topic.
Peter also served as the director of development and programs for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley in San Jose, before assuming his position there as executive director. Previously, in Cape Town, South Africa, Peter was a legislative analyst for the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network during the country’s transition to democracy.
Outside of his role at Blue Shield of California, Peter is actively involved in multiple health care and professional organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Health and the Governance Board at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He was one of the lead organizers of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, which raised more than $170 million for veterans and military families, the co-chair of the National Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Caring for Military Families initiative, and is an advisor to The Aspen Institute’s Veterans Initiative. In addition, Peter is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care, as well as the Too Small to Fail Leadership Council, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Clinton Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and practices as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health.
Peter received a BA from Harvard University; an MA in health policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and his PhD in health services from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives in Orange County with his wife and three children.
Cristina Jiménez Moreta
“Given how affordable and accessible health care is the center of every political and economic conversation, we have to explore innovative approaches to care delivery and payment. I’m excited to be part of the FORESIGHT team, as we envision new and innovative health care approaches to benefit all populations.”
Megan Callahan joined Lyft in 2018 to lead its growing health care business as VP, Healthcare. Over 3.6 million people can’t get the care they need due to lack of transportation every year and Megan is passionate about tackling this national access to care issue.
Prior to her time at Lyft, she served as chief strategy officer and member of the executive leadership team at Change Healthcare, a market leader in health care technology and services. She was one of the primary architects of the merger that created Change Healthcare, crafted during her tenure as senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development for McKesson Technology Solutions. During her 13-year tenure at McKesson Technology Solutions, Megan oversaw strategy, corporate, and business development for the $3B Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) segment, spanning revenue cycle management, clinical decision support, payment accuracy, and clinical data/analytics, as well as imaging and pharmacy solutions. Megan also served on the Board of Directors for the CommonWell Health Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to defining the future of nationwide interoperability, to help ensure providers and individuals have access to health information when they need it. She volunteers with the San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program and is president of the foundation supporting her local public school. She has an MPH from UCLA.
“Out of all the public issues facing society today, building a healthy community affects each and every one of us. How you pay for those investments in our health will require new partnerships between health, social services, community leaders, and the financial sector. I am proud to support FORESIGHT’s Advisory Committee to help steer these efforts.”
David J. Erickson is senior vice president and head of Outreach and Education at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His areas of research include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. Erickson has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on economic history and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
David has been a leader in the collaboration between the Federal Reserve and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in bringing the health sector together with community development. To date, this collaboration has resulted in 52 conferences and numerous publications, including a cluster of articles in Health Affairs in November 2011. David’s book on the history of community development, The Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods, was published in 2009 by the Urban Institute Press. He also co-edited Investing in What Works for America’s Communities: Essays on People, Place, and Purpose (2012); What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities (2014); What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Futures of Families, Communities and the Nation (2015); and What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (2017).
“I’m excited about FORESIGHT because those involved seek to understand and pay attention to technological trends that are creating the future. With that information, together we can come up with solutions to provide health and well-being to everyone.”
Monique Giggy is a seasoned value creator with proven success building/exiting companies, driving turnarounds, and leading high-performing global teams and advisory boards. Experienced in business strategy, product development, product-market fit, go-to-market strategy, business modeling, fundraising strategy, and business development, Monique has contributed significantly to the venture space. She’s had the pleasure to advise over 1,000 startups. She’s also a successful investor, having deployed capital in more than 20 technology startups, and a go-to speaker on all topics related to the startup lifecycle and impact investing. She has built a network of 21,000+ founders, 2,500+ active startups, and 600+ experts that she wields to lead others to success. And, she teaches entrepreneurs how to build high-growth, sustainable global businesses that can positively improve the lives of one billion people.
“Health care innovation offers great opportunities for a more just and equitable society. At the same time, the explosive pace of this growth also has the potential to outpace current moral and ethical constructs, putting at greater risk the civil and human rights of people with disabilities along with other groups subjected to negative bias in society. I’m grateful to be part of FORESIGHT as it seeks to catalyze and re-vision health care in a manner that optimizes all the potential good that can come with innovation, including realizing the potential health care has in promoting the human and civil rights of people with disabilities and other marginalized populations.”
Dennis Heaphy, MDiv, MEd, MPH is a policy analyst and health justice advocate at the Massachusetts Disability Policy Consortium. His activities currently focus on operationalizing health equity and wellness in Medicaid policies in Massachusetts. Dennis’ primary focus is on populations with complex medical, behavioral health, and other conditions. He believes health equity and wellness will only be achieved when health care delivery systems are built around populations with complex needs, particularly those populations that face increased barriers to health and wellness as result of intersectional causes. This includes racism, sexism, homophobia, and able-ism. Dennis is co-chair of a statewide coalition promoting health care policies that improve health care access and outcomes for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. He chairs the Massachusetts dual eligible demonstration advisory committee and is vice chair of the states’ 1115 waiver implementation advisory committee. Dennis also sits on several national committees including the advisory committee for the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. In addition to public health activities, Dennis has served as a chaplain at Georgetown University and Northeastern University.
“Missouri Foundation for Health’s involvement in the FORESIGHT initiative is an opportunity to be part of national work that is likely to influence philanthropic and multisectoral health care efforts for years to come. The cross-cutting nature of FORESIGHT is an excellent way for MFH to leverage the resources and partnerships this collaborative brings to the forefront, as a means to advance regional efforts to improve health and well-being in Missouri. We’re excited to embark upon such a transformative change effort as we move toward innovative pathways and approaches to health.”
Before joining the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) as CEO in 2012, Bob Hughes was a visiting research professor in the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University, and served in various leadership positions for more than 20 years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey. Since joining MFH, he has enhanced the strategic direction of the organization and positioned it to be a catalyst for change throughout the region. Under his leadership, MFH focuses on fostering a culture of learning, exploration, and collaboration that promotes improvements in the health of underserved Missourians. A native of Illinois, Hughes received his PhD in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Bob serves on the board of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Cristina Jiménez Moreta
“As executive director of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country, I’ve seen first-hand the consequences of a health care system that fails to provide reliable, equitable, and quality care to marginalized communities, including immigrants. Unfortunately, lack of access to health care is an issue that impacts not just undocumented immigrants, but other communities, like working class people, women, people of color, and LGBTQ people. I believe access to healthcare—regardless of immigration status—is a human right, which is why I’m excited to bring my experience organizing diverse communities to the FORESIGHT Advisory Committee. My undocumented experiences and those of others across the country give me insight on the inequities facing health care access, and solutions that work for everyone.”
Cristina Jiménez is executive director & co-founder of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. Originally from Ecuador, Cristina came to the US with her family at 13 and attended high school and college as an undocumented student. She has been organizing in immigrant communities for over a decade and was part of UWD’s campaign team that led to the historic victory of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 that protects close to a million young immigrants from deportation. Under Cristina’s leadership UWD has grown to a powerful network of 57 affiliates in 25 states with over 400,000 members.
In October 2017, Cristina was a named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her work as a social justice organizer. Cristina is also one of Forbes’ 2014 “30 under 30 in Law and Policy;” and was named one of “40 under 40 Young Leaders Who are Solving Problems of Today and Tomorrow” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy; one of “50 Fearless Women” by Cosmopolitan; and one of 25 disruptive leaders who are working to close the racial opportunity gap by Living Cities. She was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in letters & humanities by Wesleyan University. She was also awarded the Creative Change Award.
She has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, the LA Times, ABC, NPR, The Huffington Post, Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy (NCRP), Hazen Foundation, and Make the Road Action Fund. Cristina co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the Dream Mentorship Program at Queens College, was an immigration policy analyst for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, and an immigrant rights organizer at Make the Road New York. Cristina holds a master’s degree in public administration and public policy from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY, and graduated cum laude with a BA in political science and business from Queens College, CUNY.
“CAG’s work is based on a value that seems aligned with FORESIGHT. Looking for solutions to problems within a system that no longer serves us well doesnt seem like the right place to spend energy. Instead, reimagining the kind of system we really need – systems that bend the arc of justice, access, affordability, and equitable outcomes – that feels inspiring, possible, and empowering- especially when those of us who have been historically marginalized are centered. I believe that we can build new infrastructure informed by our best thinking and most current information that makes it possible for all of us – as individuals, as families, as communities – to thrive. I am also excited at how to think and plan strategically to breaking the public’s norms and short-sighted practices. The shared goal for a radically equitable future where all people are thriving is a prominent message that we advocate for at Caring Across Generations.”
Josephine’s expertise includes asset-based grassroots and faith organizing, public speaking, and policy development for issues-based campaigns in health, education, and international affairs, with a focus on racial and economic equity. Josephine initially worked in family case management and social work, assisting families navigating various public systems. Seeing firsthand the limitations and opportunities of social programs, she has worked to increase health access through public social policy for children and families. Josephine has provided technical and policy assistance to state organizations working on progressive policy and researched and developed state and national policy. Josephine has worked to increase health access through public social policy, with a focus on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Josephine focuses on public policy benefit design and issues campaigns development through community-based organizations. Josephine values developing policy through a collective impact and asset-based model that centers the experiences of those most impacted by the issue as the experts of formulating a solution. She has worked with organizations like the NAACP, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, Progressive Action for the Common Good, and Families USA.
Josephine holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a concentration in political science and religious studies from the University of Illinois, a Mental Health Professional (MHP) certificate, and a Masters in Social Justice and Community Development with an expertise in global and health policy from Loyola University in Chicago. She is currently the Director of Policy and Federal Affairs at Caring Across Generations leading the work to develop state and federal policies of universal long-term and home and community based care.
“I’m excited to be involved because in this country, we often have one healthcare system for people with disabilities and another for everyone else—and the one for our community comes with a lot of strings attached. With FORESIGHT, we have a chance to create a system that works for everyone.”
Colin Killick is the incoming Executive Director of Disability Policy Consortium, a cross-disability advocacy and research nonprofit based in the Greater Boston area. He is a 2012 graduate of Williams College and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he founded the student Disability Justice Caucus and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service. The Housing Advocacy Leadership Team (HALT) that he co-founded at Disability Policy Consortium has won nearly $3 million in state funding to provide affordable accessible housing to low-income people with disabilities in Massachusetts. He lives in Somerville, MA, where he chairs the Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities, and in his spare time he writes and performs poetry, has a cooking blog, and obsesses over Star Trek and Dungeons and Dragons. He has a neuromotor disorder and a learning disability, and believes his 504 accommodations changed his life—something that the courageous organizing of disabled activists made possible.
“At a time when so much is in flux and unclear in health and health care, it can be hard to envision future possibilities. FORESIGHT is creating an exciting and necessary space to think deeply and imagine new futures for health and health care in America. I’m personally excited to work alongside others not only to imagine a new future, but also to identify ways to make that future a reality.”
Dr. Rishi Manchanda is president & CEO of HealthBegins, a mission-driven consulting and technology firm that helps health care and local partners improve care—and the social factors that make people sick in the first place. Client-partners include the American Hospital Association, the CMS Accountable Health Communities model, and health plans and health systems across the country. Dr. Manchanda serves on the board of the Beyond Flexner Alliance, on the California Future Health Workforce Commission, and the HHS Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network’s Primary Care Payment Model Work Group.
Rishi’s career is marked by a commitment to improving care and social determinants of health for vulnerable populations. He served as director of social medicine for a network of community health centers in south central Los Angeles, was the lead physician for homeless veterans at the Greater Los Angeles VA, and was the first chief medical officer for a self-insured employer with a large rural immigrant workforce. In his 2013 TEDbook, The Upstream Doctors, he introduced a new model of health care workers—the Upstreamists—who improve care and equity by addressing patients’ social needs, like food, finances, and housing insecurity. The book has become recommended reading in medical schools and universities across the world.
“I’m excited to be part of the FORESIGHT Advisory Committee because of the initiative’s mission and approach. It aligns with my own passion and interest in improving the health care system in America, and to bring better, more innovative health care to all populations in our country.”
Before creating ConsejoSano, Abner Mason was founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003 to 2008, he was founder and executive director of AIDS Responsibility Project, driving the creation of CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica. Abner previously served as chairman of the International Committee and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), appointed by President Bush in 2002. He spent ten years in the Massachusetts State government, including roles as chief policy advisor to Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, Governor Cellucci’s undersecretary of transportation, and deputy general manager of the Massachusetts Transit Authority.
Before joining state government, Abner worked as an associate consultant for Bain & Company. In 2018, he founded Health Tech 4 Medicaid (HT4M), a nonprofit coalition of healthtech leaders collaborating to create technology for Medicaid programs. Additionally, he is a founding council member of US of Care, a nonprofit centered on improving health care access developed by former Medicare and Medicaid administrator Andy Slavitt. Abner is a graduate of Harvard.
“I am thrilled to be part of FORESIGHT’s National Advisory Committee. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with a broad group of forward-thinking leaders around the country. I am eager to learn about their views regarding the current state of our national health care and the need for shifting foci. I look forward to collaborating with others to create and influence a culture of health and well-being.”
Dr. Arti Prasad is chief of medicine at Hennepin HealthCare (formerly HCMC) and holds the Scott F. Davies Endowed Chair of Medicine position there. The Medicine Department at HHC provides outstanding clinical care in 16 specialties, recognized teaching programs, and a broad research portfolio through the MMRF. She is also a professor and vice chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, as well as holding a teaching faculty appointment at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Arti was a professor of internal medicine and the chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Integrative Medicine at the University of New Mexico. There, her interest in integrative and inter-cultural health, inter-professional education, community engagement, and physician well-being led her to develop the Center for Life, a center for patient care, learning, and community education. Starting with only a $5,000 budget, she developed a center that today receives broad financial support from UNM, the state legislature, and private donors. Center for Life has received national recognition for its patient-centered clinical care and outcomes, innovative teaching programs, and wellness initiatives throughout New Mexico.
Arti studied medicine at the Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, India where she also completed her internship in Internal Medicine. Her career path was influenced by the world’s worst industrial disaster at the time involving Union Carbide in Bhopal in 1984 during her final year of medical school. She moved to the United States in 1988 and began her US-based residency training in Internal Medicine at SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, before moving to the University of New Mexico to complete her training. Arti additionally completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical Center and a leadership training, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), at Drexel University.
Arti is board certified both in Internal Medicine and Integrative Medicine. At the national level, she is the UNM delegate of United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), a steering committee member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers of Integrative Medicine, and a founding board member of the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM).
As chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Integrative Medicine, the second largest division of the department, Arti oversaw patient services and medical education that were delivered at ten different clinical sites and three hospitals, including the major safety net hospital in New Mexico and the Center for Life.
“I believe strongly that FORESIGHT’s direction, journey, and destination is in the strongest position to propel the impending health revolution for holistic, efficient, and effective health outcomes for everyone. I want to be a part of this movement.”
Joe Wilkins is a health care industry consultant and governance leader within the sector who has repeatedly driven transformation and business growth. He has turned around revenue and operations, spurring technology integration and focusing teams on value and quality service to patients, physicians, employers, and consumers.
Previously, Joe served as senior vice president and chief transformation officer at Atlantic Health System. There, he completed a $200M EPIC project, while standing up a Business Intelligence infrastructure, Consumer Digital transformation, the Aha! Innovation Center, and Ventures. Prior to joining Atlantic Health System, he led the commercial operations teams at Quest Diagnostics, a $9B for-profit enterprise, building business relationships and employing diagnostics technology and innovation to empower better health with diagnostics insights and actionable data.
Before joining Quest, Joe enjoyed a 28-year career with Danaher’s Beckman Coulter, a $60B for-profit global health care conglomerate. Leading the commercial operations sales and services teams, he pioneered systems and restructured teams. Known for business turnaround successes, Joe captured opportunities to grow margin contribution $120M+, and shepherded integration success after a $1B acquisition.
Joe served on the Board Directors for St. Joseph Hoag Health. He also served as chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Governance Forum, a member of the Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee for the California Department of Public Health, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association.
Alliance Healthcare Foundation
Why we’re involved: At Alliance Healthcare Foundation, we work to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties. We accomplish this work through collaborative funding, convening, and advocacy. We believe philanthropy is uniquely poised to provide impact innovation capital coupled with long-termism and steadfast partnership. We share FORESIGHT’S vision for collective action in transforming health and wellness to reduce the overall cost to the current systems, while improving quality and increasing access.
Our website: alliancehf.org
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Why we’re involved: Founding partner Blue Shield of California Foundation is excited to advance a transformative vision of health and well-being through FORESIGHT, which unifies futures thinking, sensemaking, and the critically-important input of diverse stakeholders, communities and sectors. These unique regional, social, and cultural perspectives, in combination with innovative tools and thinking, will build a new vision for health in our state and our nation, and create new opportunities for rapid, equitable change and good health for all.
Our website: blueshieldcafoundation.org
Connecticut Health Foundation
Why we’re involved: By taking a step back and thinking broadly about how health care and social services can be designed, we will be better able to meet the needs of people and communities and achieve health equity. The Connecticut Health Foundation is excited to join this partnership dedicated to improving health and well-being and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Our website: cthealth.org
Endowment for Health
Why we’re involved: The Endowment for Health is pleased to engage with other health philanthropies and thought leaders to embrace long-term visioning and the actions needed to create sustainable change in population health. The FORESIGHT initiative’s activities align with several of the Endowment’s strategic priorities and the shared learning has the potential to help New Hampshire improve population health.
Our website: endowmentforhealth.org
Episcopal Health Foundation
Why we’re involved: FORESIGHT presents an opportunity for Episcopal Health Foundation to participate as a thought partner alongside a national group of funders with a prior track record of success on similar health initiatives. With FORESIGHT’s goal to think beyond the present to make the critical decisions today that affect our tomorrow, the initiative will bring new insights to the leaders and communities at the very center of our work in Texas. This includes our efforts to create effective and sustainable community health centers, build the ability of organizations to raise the voices of community members to influence community health, and develop community health leaders.
Our website: episcopalhealth.org
Kansas Health Foundation
Why we’re involved: Philanthropy has spent billions over the last few decades trying to improve health and yet a significant portion of the population continues to struggle with health disparities. The Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) concurs with the collective rationale of the FORESIGHT initiative philanthropic partners for investing in this effort. KHF is excited about the potential for new solutions to emerge as diverse viewpoints are engaged in a thoughtful and strategic process along with a shared vision and actionable agenda to create transformational change. KHF is also benefiting from the opportunity to build relationships with other system stakeholders and gain a deeper understanding of health access and equity issues to inform the work we fund to improve health across our state.
Our website: kansashealth.org
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Why we’re involved: The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust works locally and statewide in North Carolina to support thriving communities and thriving residents, equitable access to care, and equitable health outcomes. As a funder in the South we are concerned about how sweeping changes to our nation’s health system could widen or narrow the deep disparities in outcomes we see between racial groups and geographic regions. FORESIGHT is an opportunity to leverage new partnerships and create more equitable models for the future of health.
Our Website: kbr.org
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Why we’re involved: The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) is excited to be a FORESIGHT initiative partner. Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Mat-Su community. We have been working towards the Triple Aim, which is to improve the patient experience of care, improve the health of populations, and reduce the per capita cost of health care. FORESIGHT supports our goals, and we look forward to being part of this innovative collaboration.
Our website: healthymatsu.org
Why we’re involved: The Minneapolis Foundation brings together people, ideas, and resources to improve lives, locally and globally. A part of that effort is our Catalyst Initiative, which fosters culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being from a community perspective. We’re thrilled that Catalyst will be a part of FORESIGHT to help shape a better future for everyone’s health and well-being.
Our website: minneapolisfoundation.org
Missouri Foundation for Health
Why we’re involved: Missouri Foundation for Health’s involvement in the FORESIGHT project allows us the opportunity to be part of national work that is likely to have influence on philanthropic and multisectoral health care efforts for years to come. The cross-cutting nature of FORESIGHT is an excellent way for MFH to leverage the resources and partnerships this collaborative brings to the forefront, as a means to advance regional efforts to improve health and well-being in Missouri. We’re excited to embark upon such a transformative change effort as we move toward innovative pathways and approaches to health in Missouri.
Our website: mffh.org
Nemours Children’s Health System
Why we’re involved: Nemours believes that to truly transform children’s health and healthcare we need a long-term vision coupled with concrete action geared toward sustainable solutions. We recognize that we cannot do this alone, and came to the table early because we appreciate the collaborative leadership that is being provided through FORESIGHT that involves strategic partnerships at the national and regional levels. If we can address systemic and design problems for children we can raise a generation of healthier adults and both improve health and bend the cost curve at the same time.
Our website: nemours.org
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Why we’re involved: At Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we are interested in understanding what new trends, opportunities, and breakthrough ideas can enable everyone in America to live the healthiest life possible. The approach FORESIGHT is taking—using the principles of human-centered design and gathering perspectives of leaders, futurists, innovative thinkers, and local residents from regions around the country—could help us all move from reacting to current challenges, toward working together to bring about a desired future.
Our website: rwjf.org
Seattle Health Foundation
Why we’re involved: FORESIGHT’s innovative approach will engage thought leaders across the country and in our community in developing an understanding of what the future of equitable health can look like. It will then use that information to design, test, and scale new models that ensure stronger health and well-being for decades to come.
Our website: seattlefoundation.org
St. David’s Foundation
Why we’re involved: We are excited to be part of this national conversation about reshaping our health system and improving health. We look forward to learning from a new approach to designing a more equitable future, and bringing lessons from the national stage to Central Texas.
Our website: stdavidsfoundation.org
The Colorado Health Foundation
Why we’re involved: As an organization working to bring health in reach for all Coloradans, the Colorado Health Foundation is excited to envision a future free of the structural barriers and systemic inequities that are keeping health out of reach for so many people. We look forward to learning from—and with—a wide variety of stakeholders, and engaging in the challenge of shifting our thinking from what’s broken in our health system today, to what a future in which all people have equal opportunity for health and well-being could look like.
Our website: coloradohealth.org
The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and Lehigh Valley Health Network
Why we’re involved: Leonard Parker Pool envisioned superior health care for the citizens of the Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), with support from The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, has a 40+ year history of delivering on that vision. We continue the legacy today by focusing on the many factors that influence health—specifically the social determinants of health. Together, we are enthusiastic about our involvement in FORESIGHT and the opportunity to inform and support our place-based, transformational work.
Our website: trust.pooltrust.org
The Rippel Foundation
Why we’re involved: At Rippel, we work with national and regional stewards to design and execute the strategies they need to guide transformative change and produce better health and well-being for all. Stewards are leaders (people and organizations) who take responsibility for forming working relationships with others to drive transformative change in regions. We specifically work with well-positioned stewards who influence how decisions are made, and how resources and spent—to help them figure out how to equitably shift the system in ways that better produce health and well-being.
Our best hypothesis is that as stewards mature in their ability to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and alignment, they are able to create and live in a new ecosystem for health and well-being in their regions; an ecosystem known for its equitable opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential. This hypothesis is backed by both empirical and anecdotal evidence.
As a founding partner and philanthropic leader of FORESIGHT, we seek to understand what stewards are working toward? What are philanthropic and employer stewards investing toward? What might a new ecosystem look like, so we know how to pursue it? We also want to know: how would regions get from here to there? What transition plans and innovative tools are needed for success? Through FORESIGHT, we will develop the mindsets we need to answer these questions and inspire new regional action with a broad array of partners and leaders who are ready to find dig in and do the hard work to create the new approaches we all need to do our work in ways that can truly break through as we pursue our collective goal of health and well-being for all.
Our website: rippelfoundation.org