Rick on Reform

Rick Ybarra is a program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and leads the foundation's integrated health care initiative.

Advancing Wellness & Recovery in Texas

The Cost of Care: Your Money or Your Life!

Now that I have your attention! The Dallas Morning News article included in the Feb. 2, 2015 Mental Health Daily titled, “Cost of Care: The U.S. health care system is bleeding green” is an excellent read! Two compelling graphs (continuous rise in health care costs...

Video: What do grant makers look for in proposals?

by Rick Ybarra Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted a video titled, Foundations Reveal What They Look for in Grant Proposals. The video was taken during the Council on Foundation's recent annual conference in Washington, D.C. It is a brief, inside perspective...

More outcomes please!

by Rick Ybarra  On June 3, I posted on Hogg Blog, Measure Activities or Measure Outcomes? And the Answer is . . . based on Jason Saul’s May 28th piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlighting the difference between activities (or outputs) and outcomes. Well, our...

Three keys to successful patient engagement

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation brief highlighted an area that does not get enough attention in the health care reform dialogue: patient engagement (PE). Yes, we talk about it. Our friends at the RWJF are sharing first-hand accounts and lessons learned from grantee...

Big Ideas 2014: Creating a Culture of Health

I was intrigued by a LinkedIn post by Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She talks about her big idea of creating a culture of health. She’s absolutely right on! Often we get caught up in the minutia of attempting to solve...

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