Creating Web-Based Information on Health Insurance and Policy Initiatives

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In 2000, The Commonwealth Fund supported the redesign of the Actors' Fund of America's health insurance website to make it more complete and more useful to all people-not just entertainment professionals-seeking insurance information. About 700 visitors use the site each day. Information is currently most comprehensive in the two markets where the majority of entertainment professionals live, New York and California. Detailed information needs to be provided for the other 48 states, however, where workers without health insurance face many of the same barriers as these professionals do. This project will enable the Actors' Fund to engage six graduate students and their mentors, each based at a different U.S. university, to compile information on private and public health insurance options for eight states in their respective geographic regions. The students and mentors will also help raise awareness about the uninsured and the resources available through the website by holding campus forums and writing articles for their student newspapers and for online outlets. The website will be renamed to signal that it serves a broader audience. Cofunding is being sought from local foundations in the communities where the universities are located.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Actors' Fund of America
Principal Investigator:
Jim Brown
Award Amount:
$208,201.00
Approval Date:
July 8, 2003

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