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The Foundation awards grants to nonprofits and other organizations that create strategic and evidence-based initiatives to educate, protect, and improve overall health care. We've accomplished this by collaborating with regional, national, and global experts to help manage and prevent disease, fund health promotion and education programs, and improve access to health care across the region.

It's vital to report on our major initiatives that have far-reaching impact. Our dedicated staff has not merely overseen the implementation of successful grant programs; they've developed comprehensive publications to report back to the community on their overall impact.

2017 Highmark Foundation Annual Giving Report

Advancing Cancer Care and Women's Health, 2017 Highmark Foundation Giving Report
Sept. 2018

This report demonstrates the positive impact the Foundation has had on cancer care and women's health through initiatives funded in 2017.

Engaging & Empowering Communities by Building Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS and STDs

Engaging & Empowering Communities by Building Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS and STDs
April 2018

This white paper is the result of the Highmark Foundation's funding of 10 organizations to address HIV/AIDS and STDS through mini-grants. The positive outcomes of these programs indicate that although much has been learned, challenges remain.

A Public Health Approach to Leading Bullying Prevention: The Highmark Foundation's Impact Since 2006

A Public Health Approach to Leading Bullying Prevention: The Highmark Foundation's Impact Since 2006
Dec. 2017

This report discusses the enduring impact of the Highmark Foundation's bullying prevention work since 2006.

2016 Highmark Foundation Giving Report

Getting Health Right: Now and for the Future, 2016 Highmark Foundation Giving Report
April 2017

This report demonstrates the positive impact the Foundation has had on people, schools and communities through initiatives funded in 2016.

Stemming the Flood
Stemming the Flood
Sept. 2016

Stemming the Flood offers a comprehensive look at efforts to prevent childhood obesity using Health eTools for Schools data from 1,114 Pennsylvania Schools in 293 districts and 53 counties. This work is the result of the Highmark Foundation's funding of Force for Health Foundation and Indiana University School of Public Health (Bloomington).

Improving Child Health Outcomes
Improving Child Health Outcomes
Sept. 2016

Improving Child Health Outcomes provides highlights from Stemming the Flood, which offers a comprehensive look at efforts to prevent childhood obesity using Health eTools for Schools data from 1,114 Pennsylvania Schools in 293 districts and 53 counties. This work is the result of the Highmark Foundation's funding of Force for Health Foundation and Indiana University School of Public Health (Bloomington).

Population-Level Measures to Predict Obesity Burden in Public Schools: Looking Upstream for Midstream Actions
Population-Level Measures to Predict Obesity Burden in Public Schools: Looking Upstream for Midstream Actions
2016

Researchers from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) generated a number of very novel and important findings by merging the Health eTools data set with other publically-available data sets to estimate school-level burden of obesity, based on the characteristics of kindergarten through grade 12 students socioeconomic and geographic environments in 43 counties in Pennsylvania.

Reducing Barriers to Physical Activity for Adjudicated Youth
Reducing Barriers to Physical Activity for Adjudicated Youth: Implementing Promising Solutions to Improve Health Outcomes
Dec. 2015

This white paper is the result of the Highmark Foundation's funding of one residential placement facility located in western Pennsylvania, to successfully build capacity to improve nutrition and physical activity opportunities for adjudicated youth with two evidence-based programs. The programs were created to address childhood obesity. The positive outcomes of these programs provide evidence that including a certified fitness trainer yields promising and replicable results for adjudicated youth.

Working with the Super-Utilizer Population: The Experience and Recommendations of Five Pennsylvania Programs
Working with the Super-Utilizer Population: The Experience and Recommendations of Five Pennsylvania Programs
2015

This white paper is the result of the Highmark Foundation's funding of Wellspan Health to support a Learning Collaborative for Super-Utilizer projects among five health systems. A learning community was created to share ideas, best practices, patient data and cost savings to transform the delivery of health care in the Central Pennsylvania region. The positive outcomes of these programs have provided solid evidence that super-utilizer programs create value for systems and patients.

Two Organizations Working to Reduce Low Birth Weight: Different Methods, Comparable Results
Two Organizations Working to Reduce Low Birth Weight: Different Methods, Comparable Results
Aug. 2015

This white paper is the result of the Highmark Foundation's funding of two western Pennsylvania organizations' efforts to reduce low birth weight. It focuses on the impact that doulas and other supportive services have on improving maternal and child health outcomes. The programs were designed to reduce barriers to accessing care and demonstrate a new way to solve health problems. The positive outcomes of these programs have provided solid evidence that using doulas with supportive services yields promising results.

Patient Navigation Eases Clinical Workforce Challenges Without Clinical Expertise
Patient Navigation Eases Clinical Workforce Challenges — Without Clinical Expertise
2014

This report is the result of the Highmark Foundation's patient navigation pilot program in collaboration with Accenture. It focuses on the impact that lay patient navigation has on improving health outcomes in three western Pennsylvania hospitals targeting priority areas and health needs of the communities served. The program itself is meant to reduce barriers to accessing care, promote workforce development and demonstrate a new way to solve health problems. The positive outcomes of the pilot have provided solid evidence that patient navigation yields positive results.