United Hospital Fund is an independent, nonprofit organization working to build a more effective health care system for New Yorkers, one that is affordable and accessible, provides a better patient experience and the highest quality of care, and achieves optimal outcomes—with a special focus on the needs of the most vulnerable.
How We Work
We analyze public policy to inform decision makers, find common ground among diverse stakeholders, and develop and support innovative programs that improve the quality, accessibility, affordability, and experience of patient care. UHF has been providing analysis, convening, and thought leadership on key health policy issues in New York for decades, with recent successful initiatives focused on expanding affordable health coverage, improving health care quality and efficiency, and promoting clinical-community partnerships.
Integrity. We are committed to rigorous and objective inquiry and analysis, embracing our role as an independent, trusted source of information.
Equity. We focus our activities on improving the lives of underserved, disadvantaged populations, as we believe that all people deserve the opportunity to lead long, healthy lives.
Collaboration. We believe that to find solutions to complex problems we need participation from a wide range of stakeholders, and actively seek partners in our work.
Long view. We take a long-term perspective, tackling persistent problems that require systemic solutions.
Our core activities are research and policy analysis, convening, knowledge dissemination, collaborative initiatives, capacity building, and grant making. Key priorities include:
Supporting comprehensive health insurance coverage and access to services. Universal, affordable, accessible health insurance offering comprehensive coverage is a prerequisite for obtaining adequate care—and for an effective, equitable health care system. New York has made remarkable leaps forward in decreasing the percent of residents without health insurance. But over 1 million New Yorkers still lack insurance and many more are underinsured.
Promoting improvements in the quality and efficiency of health care delivery. Working with a broad range of partners, UHF is advancing transformative approaches to primary care, integration of behavioral and physical health care services, health care quality measurement and improvement, and transitions from institutional care to the home care setting.
Fostering collaborations between the health care delivery system and communities. For both individuals and specific populations, health status is in large part a function of factors outside the doctor’s office, including the social determinants of health. Addressing those requires new and productive relationships between the health care sector and community services.