Objectives: Introduce the CHCF Health Innovation Fund’s mission; explain why the Foundation is now investing in early stage companies Inform the group about…
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Introduce the CHCF Health Innovation Fund’s mission; explain why the Foundation is now investing in early stage companies
Inform the group about foundation “impact investing” more broadly
Provide case studies of two Health IT/services companies in which CHCF has invested (Propeller Health and CareInSync)
Margaret Laws is director of the Innovations for the Underserved program at the California HealthCare Foundation. In this role she oversees the Foundation’s work to reduce barriers to efficient, affordable care for the underserved. She also created and manages the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused fund investing in companies that improve access to and reduce cost of health care.
Ms. Laws joined the Foundation in 1998 after serving as staff to the state of California’s Managed Care Improvement Task Force. Prior to that she was a manager with Accenture, where she worked in both the government and health care strategy practices with state health and human service agencies and payer and provider organizations. Margaret has also worked as a consultant with the Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, and for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, providing technical assistance for non-profits in developing countries. Earlier professional positions include consultant for the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS and caseworker and analyst for the Commonwealth of MA Department of Public Welfare.
Ms. Laws holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an A.B. in English Literature from Princeton University.