Blog Posts By: Graciela Couchonnal, Ph.D.

Our Story: How Health Forward responded to COVID-19

January 20, 2021

Back in May 2020, we asked our grantees and community partners to share with us how the pandemic impacted services and everyday operations.  You responded magnificently. We heard how the pandemic produced some previously unimagined hurdles, but in a display of resiliency, you shared how you adjusted operations quickly to continue safely serving our communities. […]

An incredibly brief recap of Health Forward’s 15 years

September 28, 2020

Over the last 15 years, much has changed at Health Forward Foundation. On the surface, we have changed locations and names, increased staff, and witnessed leadership changes. At a deeper level, we evolved from traditional grantmaking that primarily provides program support to increase our focus upstream on the social determinants of health and health equity. […]

Celebrating Graciela Couchonnal’s 15th anniversary

September 11, 2020

After 15 years at Health Forward, Graciela Couchonnal has acquired extensive knowledge about the health needs in our service area and the agencies working to improve the health of our communities. Her experience includes serving as Health Forward’s first-ever program officer, leading the Safety Net Grants team, and now serving as the vice president of […]

Community health workers gain recognition as integral to health care

December 15, 2016

As 2016 winds down, we begin our annual blog series where Health Forward associates review highlights from our work this past year. In our ninth post, Graciela Couchonnal looks back at the integral part community health workers play in health care. Join us as we look back on 2016.  If you work on health systems reform, you […]

Together We Can Improve Health

December 17, 2014

As has become an annual activity for our organization, before we ring in the new year, we take a look back at events, projects and moments from 2014 that have impacted the health care scene in our communities and our nation. On day eight of our Year In Review series, Health Forward Program Officer Graciela […]

Improving Our Health Care Delivery System

December 19, 2012

It’s been a busy year for Health Forward and our grantees. Before we bid farewell to an eventful year, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects that helped make 2012 a productive year. On day eight of our year in review, Health Forward Program Officer Graciela Couchonnal shares some […]

Safety Net Being Squeezed

November 23, 2010

Health Forward’s Board recently approved our 2010 safety net health care grants, which included 37 grants totaling $5.23 million. Safety net health care is one of Health Forward’s three funding priority areas, and it supports health care delivery and other related services for the uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable populations in our service areas. Safety net […]

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