Author: Group Health Foundation


Group Health Foundation Welcomes Nichole June Maher as CEO

Group Health Foundation’s board and staff today welcomed Nichole June Maher as the Foundation’s new president and CEO. An expert in the field of health equity, Maher was selected to advance the organization’s aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future in communities across Washington state. Group Health Foundation is the third largest foundation in Washington and among the 50 largest in the United States.

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How Legacy Matters: Q&A with Porsche Everson

Group Health Foundation was created using the proceeds from Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative, with the goal of carrying on Group Health’s legacy of social impact. Porsche Everson, who served on Group Health Cooperative’s board for nine years and is one of four continuity members on Group Health Foundation’s board, shares insights on the formation and early days of the Foundation and how it’s shaped by Group Health Cooperative’s legacy.

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Announcing Our New CEO Nichole June Maher

Group Health Foundation is honored to announce Nichole June Maher will become the new president and CEO of Group Health Foundation in October 2018, leading the organization in our bold pursuit of health equity for Washington State. Nichole brings visionary leadership, grounded in two decades of work dedicated to achieving a more equitable Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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Centering Communities: Q&A with Dr. America Bracho Perez

Community engagement is fundamental to Group Health Foundation’s mission of advancing community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy Washington. It is one of five key areas identified in our organizational learning plan to explore this year. Dr. America Bracho Perez, who serves on our board and is an expert in this area, shares her ideas about community engagement.

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Meet Carmen Loh

Carmen joined Group Health Foundation as our finance and administration director in December 2017. She has been enjoying getting to know the staff and board, and helping establish our financial and operational systems and processes.

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Community Engagement Learning Collaborative Launched

Community engagement is one element of our learning plan for 2018. To inform how we think about and plan for community engagement, we’ve brought together a learning collaborative that includes people from across the state who have deep experience and expertise in organizing, mobilizing, and building partnerships.

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Our Equity Journey So Far

Since the formation of Group Health Foundation’s board of directors last spring, we’ve been exploring the core values and principles that define our organization. Early on, equity emerged as a leading value for us. Read on for an excerpt from a Q&A with Board Vice Chair Dr. Ben Danielson about the early stages of the Foundation’s equity journey.

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