Current Funders

The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.

The Hugoton Foundation

The Hugoton Foundation is private foundation that has generously supported education and nursing excellence at various organizations and universities.  

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving health and achieving health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs. HRSA's programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families and those in need of high quality primary health care. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.

Past Funders

Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation of Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and was launched in October 2011.  It complements and expands upon IBC’s commitment to the health and well-being of the community in southeastern Pennsylvania. In keeping with the IBC Foundation’s mission to transform health care through innovation, the Foundation funds programs and initiatives that advance care for the uninsured and underinsured, enhance health care delivery, and improve community health and wellness.

The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) is a New York City-based, nonsectarian organization helping women with financial need meet their educational and career goals through scholarships and opportunities for professional development. In partnership with schools and nonprofits, JFEW fosters a community of women dedicated to education, professional achievement and who contribute to society. Past and present recipients are invited to join the JFEWConnect online community for mentoring, volunteer and career opportunities. 

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is a unique public-private partnership charged by its funders to provide the leadership, evidence and resources needed to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a way to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care.

Picker Institute

Picker Institute sponsors education and research in the field of patient-centered care in cooperation with educational institutions and other interested entities and individuals. The institute’s goal is to foster a broader understanding of the practical and theoretical implications of patient-centered care by approaching healthcare with a focus on the concerns of patients and other healthcare consumers.