COPIC Medical Foundation formed in 1991 by Harold "Hal" Williamson as a way to give back to the medical community that puts its life on the line each day. The foundation aims to be a catalyst in improving the quality of health care delivery by reducing adverse outcomes and supporting innovation.
Since then, COPIC has distributed more than $9 million to improving medical outcomes across Colorado and has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the medical community.
Funding from the foundation has gone to efforts including:
- Opioid addiction alleviation
- Prenatal and infant care training
- Emergency preparedness
COPIC Foundation recently worked with Governor Polis' Innovation Response Team Task Force to provide $250,000 worth of personal protective equipment to frontline ]medical workers due to shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This donation allowed the Colorado Department of Public health to procure 85,000 protective masks into the hands of medical professionals.
"Supporting the purchase of masks for the safety of both patients and frontline health care workers is how we can do our small part as a foundation to support the people of Colorado, ” said COPIC Medical Foundation Board Chair Sophia Meharena said.
Its leadership regularly evaluates its programs and funding opportunities including a recent strategic planning process. The foundation decided that it will move away from a process structured around open submission grant cycles and toward a more proactive funding model beginning with a focus on data analysis and evaluation projects for grant consideration.
More information on the COPIC Medical Foundation can be found at https://www.callcopic.com/about-copic/copic-medical-foundation.