At the Fund's July 2006 Board of Directors meeting, Board member James J. Mongan, M.D., speaks with former Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Minority Health Policy Fellows Shairi Turner, M.D., chief medical director of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and Joseph Betancourt, M.D., senior scientist at the Institute for Health Policy and program director for multicultural education in the Multicultural Affairs Office at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School. Drs. Turner and Betancourt discussed ways to advance a minority health care policy agenda.

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he mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.
The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.
The Board of Directors has identified a set of goals to be pursued by the Fund over the next four years:

GOALS FOR A HIGH PERFORMANCE HEALTH SYSTEM

Move the United States toward a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly focusing on populations that are most vulnerable due to income, insurance status, minority status, health, or age. This goal is being advanced through the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, which is charged with setting and tracking national performance targets, developing policy options, and disseminating innovative practice changes that would improve the functioning of the U.S. health system. The Fund's grantmaking programs support and enhance the Commission's work.

 
 
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Samuel O. Thier, M.D.
Chairman, Board of Directors