Signature Investments

The REACH Foundation has invested in several, large-scale projects that engaged other health foundations and extended over multiple years. These projects represent some of our signature investments that have strengthened health care systems and the health care safety net in our service area.
Cultural Competency
Medical Home

Cultural Competency Collective

The REACH Foundation introduced a Cultural Competency Initiative in 2008, now the Cultural Competency Collective of Greater Kansas City ( with an aim of increasing understanding and practice of cultural competency in health and human service organizations — and with a long-term goal of reducing barriers that contribute to health disparities. Through an active learning community, the Cultural Competency Collective:


  • Fosters an inclusive learning community that leads to equity in services.
  • Provides individualized cultural competency planning to help organizations assess cultural competence in their agencies and develop plans for improvement.
  • Offers interactive learning, access to local and national experts, and faciliated problem-solving to improve how services are delivered.
  • Promotes sustainable community-based collaboration among organizations committed to culturally competent health and human services.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

The REACH Foundation began exploration of the patient-centered medical home model of care in 2007, gathering safety net health care and other health providers to discuss the model and its benefit to health consumers in the foundation's service area. The foundation's Medical Home Initiative provided intensive technical assistance and coaching to safety net health care clinics to help them implement recognized organizational and patient care practices defined by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as medical home standards. Over a 10-year period, more than seven Federally Qualified Health Centers and community health centers attained NCQA recognition as patient-centered medical homes.


  • Provided tailored technical assistance and coaching on PCMH standards.
  • Established a Kansas City area learning collaborative to support the clinics’ medical home transformation efforts.
  • Guided development of multidisciplinary care teams, and set quality improvement goals and quality measures.
  • Supported technology capacity and utilization of practice management systems, and data tracking and reporting procedures.
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