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About REACH


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about reach

The REACH Healthcare Foundation is a charitable foundation dedicated to improving health coverage and access to quality, affordable health care for uninsured and medically underserved people. The foundation has a six-county service area that encompasses Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri.

Vision

All people in our communities achieve
equitable health outcomes.

Mission

Advance health equity
through coverage and care for
underserved people in our region.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES & CORE VALUES

Catalyst

Serve as a leader and community catalyst for health care change.

Inclusive

Demonstrate inclusiveness, respect and appreciation for the backgrounds, differences and points of view of others.

Collaborative

Promote open dialogue and collaboration to share knowledge and create strategic alliances.

Foster Change

Foster an environment of positive change through innovation, creativity and continuous improvement.

Act Ethically

Act ethically, with integrity, accountability and attention to excellence.

Fund Change

Fund change, not just need, in order to create hope and a true system of care for our communities’ poor and underserved populations.

History

The REACH Healthcare Foundation was established in 2003 with proceeds from the sale of Health Midwest, a regional nonprofit healthcare organization purchased by Hospital Corporation of America. The first board of directors was appointed in 2003, marking the beginnings of the organization and its commitment to improving health care access and quality. The foundation was approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in May 2004, and the following month received nearly $100 million in initial assets. The foundation received subsequent contributions.

Historically, REACH has focused its community investments in areas including primary medical care, mental health, oral health, and health policy and advocacy. Our current funding priorities are outlined within an outcome investment framework, which describes the foundation’s three outcomes areas: Enroll All Eligible, Close the Coverage Gap and Strong Safety Net. Each outcome area aligns with the foundation’s commitment to health equity across our six-county service area.

REACH INVESTS IN ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE MAKING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

Learn more about how our resources are allocated.
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