- Protecting your privacy
We do not resell or share your information, including your email address, with third parties for marketing purposes.
We do not engage in cross-marketing or link-referral programs with other sites.
We do not employ tracking devices for marketing purposes ("cookies", "web beacons," single-pixel gifs). Account information is password-protected. Keep your password safe.
The Fund, or people who post on the Web site, may provide links to third-party Web sites, which may have different privacy practices. We are not responsible for, nor have any control over, the privacy policies of those third-party Web sites, and encourage all users to read the privacy policies of each and every Web site visited.
- Data we collect
As part of the registration process, we collect personal information, including your name, email address, and a password ("Personal Information"). You may also choose to submit your Zip code, the name of the organization by which you are employed, and your title. We may use any Personal Information that you submit to disseminate mailings related to the Fund or the Web site. We may also use Personal Information to identify and prevent unlawful or inappropriate use of the Web site.
Please do not post any personal information on the Web site that you expect to keep private.
Our web logs collect standard web log entries for each page served, including your IP address, page URL, and timestamp.
- Data we store
All Personal Information entered as part of the registration process is stored in our database.
Our web logs and other records are stored indefinitely.
Although we make good faith efforts to store the information in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security.
- Circumstances in which the Fund may release information
The Fund may disclose information about its users if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process.
- Accessing and updating personal information
When you use the Web site, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which access is not otherwise required. In any case where we provide information access and correction, we perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort.
- E-Alert content and unsubscribing
The Fund sends e-alerts and e-newsletters about health policy news, research, and analysis. You can unsubscribe from our e-mail lists at any time by updating your My Commonwealth Fund profile or going to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/subscriptions.aspx or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fund will never send e-mail soliciting money. Please report reciept of any such e-mail that uses the Fund name or logo to email@example.com.
- International Users
When we receive formal written complaints at this address, it is the Fund's policy to contact the complaining user regarding his or her concerns. We will cooperate with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be resolved between the Fund and an individual.
Editorial Policies and Processes
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research on health care issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. It also has a lengthy history as a professional publisher, developing and publishing books, reports, and other material dating back to 1924.
The Fund produces more than 100 reports, issue briefs, and other professional and scholarly publications each year. The Fund no longer uses traditional printing and mailing to produce and disseminate its publications; all are posted on the Fund Web site and are available free of charge to any interested parties. These publications are written by Fund grantees, staff, and invited expert authors from the health policy community. In addition, Fund staff and grantees author dozens of articles published in the peer-reviewed literature each year.
The Fund employs a professional staff of editors who oversee the report development and production process. All Fund publications undergo an internal peer review and quality assurance process; a substantial number, including all staff-written reports, also undergo independent external peer review. This process, similar to that undertaken at major scientific journals, is designed to ensure that Fund publications are authoritative, credible, complete, balanced, timely, and based on appropriate data and evidence. Neither staff- nor grantee-written reports are guaranteed publication if they do not meet the Fund's quality standards. Our author guidelines are available.
Many of the Fund publications, such as journal articles and issue briefs, are indexed in PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's database of major biomedical publications. Commonwealth Fund reports are in the NLM Catalog. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed in Fund publications are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Fund or its directors, officers, or staff.
The Fund maintains copyright to all staff-authored reports posted on the Fund Web site; Fund grantees retain copyright to their work but give the Fund permission to publish and disseminate it.. The Fund encourages the use of all of its publications, in whole or in part, for research, teaching, and other professional, non-commercial purposes, with appropriate citation and permission. For permissions requests, contact Samantha Mackie, Communications Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commonwealth Fund Communications Department
Senior Vice President, Communications and Publishing
Suzanne Barker Augustyn
Consulting Web Producer
Senior Production Editor
Assistant Vice President, Online Information
Assistant Vice President, Publications
Consulting Editor and Web Content Developer
Assistant Vice President, Public Information
Online Information Manager and Social Media Strategist