Philanthropy & Funding

A Checkup on PRIs

For one leading health funder, program-related investments have become a promising way to help underserved populations.

Back in 2006, I helped the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) launch its Innovations for the Underserved program. The goal of the program was to fund “disruptive innovation.” In using that term, we took our cue from Clayton Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School, who defined a disruptive innovation as one that “brings a much more affordable product or service that is much simpler to use into a market.” We quickly realized, however, that most typical CHCF...


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