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Blue Shield of California Foundation Awards $8.9 Million in Additional Funding to California's Healthcare Safety Net and Domestic Violence Providers

Blue Shield of California Foundation reported $8.9 million in grants to improve the quality of healthcare and domestic violence services for the most vulnerable Californians.

According to a media release, a key focus of the third-quarter funding is to improve patient-provider relationships and communication, ensuring cultural responsiveness and strengthening team-based care to ensure success in a value-based care system.

"We have been surveying low-income patients since 2011 to understand their expectations and we've learned that patients who feel a personal connection with their providers are more informed, engaged, and satisfied with their care," said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO. "There are simple and positive steps that community health centers can take to ensure a patient-centered approach with the goal of reducing costs while improving outcomes. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of these new grants."

The Foundation is continuing its previous $1.5 million investment in multiple local "electronic consultation" (eConsult) projects across the state to better provide access to specialists for low-income patients.

The Foundation said that additional grants will help spread the adoption of eConsult, with the ultimate aim of reducing wait times for specialty care, eliminating unnecessary appointments, and improving patient follow-up.

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  • Alexandra Scarborough
    Papyrus Joins Forces with Designer Lela Rose

    Papyrus is looking to bring the “elegance and style” of fashion to its greeting cards via a new designer collaboration series.

    According to a release, the collaboration marks the first time a fashion design house and greeting card brand have joined forces to develop a custom greeting card collection.

    Papyrus said it is partnering with American fashion designer Lela Rose to introduce the series. Rose will feature her "sophisticated yet modern style" in the debut card and gift collection, slated to launch during New York Fashion Week. The collection will be available in New York City Papyrus stores and select retailers in September, with availability expanding to all Papyrus locations and retailers in October.

    "The fashion designer collaboration series is a celebration of the commitment Papyrus has to the arts, including a focus on the fashion industry, quality craftsmanship and trend-forward design," said Christy Kaprosy, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. "We are delighted to have Lela Rose's elegant line lead the first Papyrus fashion designer collaboration program, and we are excited to bring more fashion designers to our loyal customers in the future."

    The company noted the collection, which draws inspiration from some of Rose's recent runway designs, consists of 16 cards and five gift accessories, including gift bags, gift tissue, roll wrap and a gift tag set. It also will be available online at

    "I'm thrilled to be the first designer to collaborate with Papyrus on their exclusive new fashion series," said Lela Rose. "This is a unique way to showcase our designs, silhouettes and prints, and extend the brand into a new category."



Ebola Philanthropy

Ebola Philanthropy

  1. Big Gift: Bill Gates, founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has committed $50 million to fight the epidemic.
  2. Early Donation: In August, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation donated $2.8 million toward the outbreak in West Africa.
  3. Latest Pledge: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan this month pledged $25 million to the CDC.
  4. Corporate Funds: World Bank Group in August pledged up to US $200 million in emergency funding to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone contain the spread of infections.
  5. Crowdfunding: Scripps Research Institute's Erica Ollman Saphire seeks to raise $100K for equipment to speed her work, partially funding by U.S. government.