Mission and Strategy

The U.S. spends twice as much per person on health care yet achieves far worse outcomes than other industrialized nations. To achieve better health, and contain costs, we must simultaneously improve population health and fundamentally redesign how we deliver care. The Rippel Foundation seeds and supports innovations at the frontiers of this challenging work.

“We need to develop a ‘health care’ system which will be recognized as distinct from ‘medical care.’ This is a real key to solving our medical problem.”

Julius A. Rippel, 1969

In developing this mission, the Rippel Foundation drew heavily on the insights of its first president, Julius A. Rippel. In the mid 1960’s, he came to understand the unsustainable nature of our health care system, the limits of primarily focusing on treating sickness, as well as the overwhelming importance of individual behavior and the environment.

Today, we carry his principles forward by fostering and growing innovative initiatives that are rethinking how health can be achieved, how care can be provided, how costs can be contained, and how resources can be better directed. We focus on catalytic efforts that drive new thinking and transform health system design.

Our Vision

At the Rippel Foundation, we believe in disruptive change. If we are to see major advances in health, care, costs, equity, and productivity, we must think and act differently. We focus on strategically investing our resources to seed innovation, catalyze action, and create model processes that will lead to improvements for all Americans.

We fulfill this vision largely through our flagship initiative, ReThink Health, and by investing in efforts that might be traditionally overlooked.

Our Funding Strategy

The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. Rather, we request specific proposals from organizations or individuals with whom we have developed partnerships or who we have identified as advancing our core initiatives.