Alliance Healthcare Foundation 2015: The Year in Review

A year of growth, innovation, and community involvement

Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) continued to grow in 2015. Two years ago, in 2014, we expanded in both the Imperial and San Diego Counties, serving more organizations with our Mission Support Grants than ever before. 2015 continued and expanded upon this trend, as we extended our reach into the community, bringing another year characterized by growth and activity.

Last year, we appointed a new board chair in Elizabeth Dreicer, and we hired Paul Brown and Michele Silverthorn to serve as our chief financial officer and program officer, respectively. It was a pleasure to welcome them to their new roles with the AHF team and to watch them grow into their roles throughout 2015.

At AHF, we are honored to advance health and wellness in the community. In 2015, we awarded $3,309,431 through our Mission Support Grants, Innovation Initiative Grants, and Responsive Grants, an increase from 2014’s $2,989,899 and 2013’s $2,330,396.


Our 2015 Mission Support grantees served the following populations

  • 83% served poor populations
  • 66% served the underinsured/uninsured
  • 59% served homelessness/homeless.
  • 66% served children/youth

With the announcement of our next round of Mission Support Grantees coming soon, we are excited to see what 2016 will bring for us and our community, and we’re looking forward to working with more of the wonderful leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties.


2015 Mission Support Grant Recipients

With Mission Support Grants, we aim to catalyze real, sustainable change in San Diego & Imperial County by funding organizations that are advancing health and wellness for those in need. The organizations that receive Mission Support Grants represent a wide range of interests and needs in our communities, but all of them are working to advance health & wellness for vulnerable and underserved populations.

In 2015, we funded the following organizations in San Diego County:

  1. RaceEthnicity_SDCountyA Reason to Survive (ARTS)
  2. Alliance Health Clinic
  3. Bayside Community Center
  4. Christie’s Place
  5. Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP)
  6. Council of Community Clinics
  7. Dreams for Change
  8. ElderHelp
  9. Embrace
  10. Home Start, Inc.
  11. Interfaith Community Services
  12. Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.
  13. Mental Health Systems
  14. Multicultural Health Foundation
  15. National City Public Safety Foundation
  16. North County Lifeline
  17. The San Diego LGBT CenterSan Diego Rescue Mission
  18. San Diego Youth Services
  19. RaceEthnicity_ImperialCountyShakti Rising
  20. Somali Family Service
  21. St. Vincent de Paul Village, Inc.
  22. U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership
  23. UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic

In Imperial County, we funded:

  1. Cancer Resource Center of the Desert
  2. Comite Civico del Valle
  3. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  4. Imperial Valley Food Bank
  5. Neighborhood House of Calexico


We also provided several Responsive Grants to nonprofits in our community in 2015.

AHF began the Responsive Grants program to help organizations capitalize on time-sensitive opportunities that might expire over the course of a lengthier grant application process.

We also provided several Responsive Grants to nonprofits in our community in 2015. Among them: 

  • Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) and San Diego Council on Literacy—to update their work on health literacy and recommendations for action.
  • Elder Law & Advocacy—to provide legal assistance to seniors for access to appropriate healthcare in Imperial County.
  • Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank—to research and develop quality measurement tools to gauge program effectiveness and inform future strategic decisions and program design.

Innovation Initiative

North_Inland_YearInReviewWe developed the Innovation Initiative (I2) to support innovative programs and ideas that increase the capacity and coordination of the healthcare delivery system, one of our strategic priorities.

Since 2010, we have awarded this $1 million grant annually to an organization providing solutions for local healthcare access issues in an innovative, creative way. This year, we announced a collaboration between Mental Health Systems (MHS) and Mountain Health & Community Services (MHCS) as the Innovation Initiative recipient.

With the Innovation Initiative, MHS and MHCS will integrate primary care into behavioral healthcare to serve the seriously mentally ill. Most current models put behavioral health into primary care, a design which so far has proven to be less than effective in serving this target population. Untreated physical health problems in the seriously mentally ill result in more costly emergency care and a shorter life expectancy.

With their collaboration, called North Inland Family Medicine, MHS and MHCS aim to reverse this trend.

AHF In the Community

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To advance health and wellness in the San Diego and Imperial Counties, we supplement our grant-making activities with a focus on advocacy and education to foster collaboration and to stimulate innovation. We believe that by networking with other thought leaders in our space, we can spark creative solutions to some of our community’s most pressing issues.

AHF provides additional resources for learning with events such as the USD Governance Symposium, webinars on fundraising, CEO/Executive Director gatherings, and other opportunities based on grantee feedback.

Most notably in 2015, we hosted the Innovation in Healthcare Conference at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Taking place in late March, this event convened leaders in the health and wellness space to create a marketplace of ideas aimed at tackling some of the community’s most pressing issues.

Through collaboration, attendees brainstormed then took the idea a step further, developing a plan of attack to help make the concept a reality.

Look Ahead to 2016

In 2016, we are looking forward to another year of funding, learning and collaboration opportunities. As our reach expands in Imperial County and as innovation in our communities continues to rise, we hope that 2016 holds an even brighter future for the underserved in our communities.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

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Elizabeth Dreicer, Board Chair
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Nancy L. Sasaki, Executive Director
Alliance Healthcare Foundation
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