GE Foundation Launches Pilot Programs to Address Region-Specific Health Issues

The GE Foundation has announced the launch of pilot programs in Chicago, Houston, Louisville, and Los Angeles to address region-specific health problems and expand access to primary health care.

Launched as part of the foundation's Developing Health initiative, a multiyear, $50 million program, the Community Health Center pilot program will work with local nonprofit organizations to address health problems in underserved neighborhoods in the four cities. In Chicago, the program will focus on evidence-based interventions for cardiovascular disease risk, including community-based screenings for heart disease and diabetes, outreach efforts, referrals to Federally Qualified Health Centers, and follow-up and educational programs at five health centers. To that end, the foundation has committed $250,000 over twelve months to its partnership with LISC Chicago and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University — boosting the foundation's total investment in Chicago-area health programs to $1.5 million.

In Houston, the foundation is partnering with the Immunization Partnership and Partners for Community Health to launch the Immunization Champions program with the aim of preventing outbreaks of disease by raising immunization rates in local community health clinics. The two-year, $250,000 commitment brings the foundation's total investment in the Houston area to more than $2.6 million. In Louisville, the foundation will invest $107,640 over two years in a partnership with Asthmapolis to improve chronic respiratory disease management and reduce costs through personalized, data-driven feedback and education, bringing its total investment in the region to $1.1 million. And in Los Angeles, through its partnership with Community Health Councils, Inc., the foundation will commit $250,000 over two years to automate and streamline appointment confirmation and management services, thereby improving health outcomes by ensuring that recommended care is given and received.

"GE recognizes there is a critical need in the U.S. healthcare system and Developing Health seeks to fill the gap in access to quality care for underserved communities," said GE Foundation president Bob Corcoran. "With the help of health centers and key community partners, these grants will help to break down barriers to access and reduce the suffering of families dealing with chronic and too often debilitating disease."