RIGHA Foundation Fund: a healthy course

The demise of one of the state’s first HMOs led to the creation of our RIGHA Foundation Fund. The fund traces its roots back to the 1970s, when the Rhode Island Group Health Association (RIGHA) opened. The healthcare provider struggled for years to find a sustainable funding model, and years after it was acquired by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, RIGHA’s $1.7 million endowment was transferred to us.

Supporting work that improves the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. The RIGHA Foundation Fund complements our ongoing efforts to make quality healthcare more accessible and affordable across the state.

Over the years, the Fund has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants. Proposals address community needs, have measurable outcomes, show a willingness to think creatively about non-traditional partners, and demonstrate collaborative capacity, including the ability to foster partnerships among public and private payers, healthcare providers, and practitioners in the field.

Recent recipients include the Comprehensive Community Action Program for a home-based Nurse Care Manager program, Rhode Island Hospital to keep its Hasbro Children’s Hospital Primary Care clinic open longer hours, and Planned Parenthood for primary care services.

"Philanthropic support can provide the seed funding needed to take innovative ideas like these to the next level. Our goal is to reduce the cost of delivering high quality primary health care to Rhode Islanders."

- Karen Voci, president
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

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Providence, RI 02903


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