We are a foundation dedicated to
Affordable, quality health care.
We support independent research on health care issues and make grants to promote better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency in health care, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including people of color, people with low income, and those who are uninsured.
The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Equity Action Fund is a major new initiative to advance equity in U.S. health care. Its goal is to contribute to efforts to dismantle systemic racism in health care policy and practice and counter inequity in treatment, patient experience, and health outcomes for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.Learn more about our Advancing Health Equity program →
52% of maternal deaths occur in the postpartum period, and Black women are 2.5 times more likely than white women to die from a pregnancy-related condition.
83.8 million U.S. adults have inadequate health insurance.
33% of U.S. adults reported having stress, anxiety, or great sadness since the COVID-19 pandemic began — a higher rate than seen in other high-income countries.
Commonwealth Fund grantees and staff experts focus on our health care system’s most pressing issues.
Achieving Universal Coverage
The United States is the only wealthy nation in which a large proportion of people lack health insurance coverage. We should all be able to get and afford the health care we need, when we need it. We track U.S. progress toward that goal nationally and by state.Learn More
Controlling Health Care Costs
The United States spends more per person on health care than any other wealthy nation, and so do American families. How can we ensure that health care is affordable for individuals, families, and government?Learn More
Advancing Health Equity
Our nation’s legacy of racism is embedded in our health care system. For many people of color, this legacy has meant less access to quality care and poorer health outcomes. We research and promote the policies and practices needed to achieve an antiracist health system that helps people of color to thrive.Learn More
Improving Health Care Quality
People need the right care at the right time. We explore how our health system can work smarter and better.Learn More