How We Work

 

Investing in Healthy Communities

 

HealthSpark Foundation works to assure a nimble, real-time, resilient quality health and human services safety net system for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Funding

The foundation focuses on a system change approach to address health disparities that hinder access and quality outcomes, and seeking opportunities to ensure the financial and organizational health of the safety net system. In 2018, the foundation launched the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative, a 10-year effort to  improve the ability of Montgomery County’s health and human services safety net system – and the organizations that contribute to and support the system – to weather uncertainty and meet the needs of people across the county.

Collaborating

Key partnerships and collaborations that leverage core competencies and other resources often create new opportunities for solutions to persistent problems.  The foundation supports, partners and frequently spearheads collaborations to address community needs. 

Through strategic memberships with Grantmakers in Health, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, PEAK Grantmaking, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders and related groups, the foundation seeks to learn of evidence-based and best or promising practices to solve local problems. These external relationships are combined with valuable lessons from grantees garnered at site visits, in conversations or written reports to foster the foundation's learning culture. 

Often the foundation identifies various policy barriers that challenge or threaten its grantees and their clients with the prospect of failure and decline. The foundation collaborates with various special interest groups and others, such as the Pennsylvania Health Funders’ Collaborative, to craft policy solutions and overcome barriers.

Capacity Building

Health and human services organizations serving Montgomery County benefit from technical assistance provided by the foundation.

What is Systems Change?

The process of altering or transforming how major parts of the safety net are linked, function and influence one another.