LOWER COSTS. BETTER CARE. SUCCESSFUL AGING.

Charting a new course for aging and healthcare in America.

Our family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations combines applied medical research, advocacy, policy analysis and high-impact grantmaking to improve care, lower costs and enhance the aging experience for seniors and all Americans.

The Gary and Mary West Foundation
The Foundation has awarded over 650 grants totaling more than $240 million to support aging, healthcare and social service initiatives.

Solving Problems with High-Impact Grantmaking and Investments

The Gary and Mary West Foundation was established in 2006 and is solely funded by successful entrepreneurs turned philanthropists Gary and Mary West. It is one of only handful of foundations solely dedicated to improving aging.

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West Health
Institute
Partnerships and collaborations with more than 100 leading health systems, academic institutions, nonprofits, and research entities nationwide.

Turning Research and Evidence
into Action

The West Health Institute conducts applied medical research on models of care for seniors that improve quality and lower costs across a range of settings including hospitals, community-based organizations, and their own homes.

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West Health
Policy Center
Researching and analyzing policy solutions to bend the healthcare cost curve, lower prescription drug prices, and advance value-based care.

Connecting Best Practices
to Public Policy

The West Health Policy Center researches and analyzes proposals and solutions that slow the trajectory of rising healthcare costs while improving access to high-quality care for our nation’s growing population of seniors.

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We are committed to tackling two of the biggest issues facing Americans today—the health, financial, and social insecurity of seniors and the outrageous and skyrocketing cost of healthcare.

GARY WEST
FOUNDER

Areas of Focus

Lowering Healthcare Costs

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Promoting Value-Based Care

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Expanding Geriatric Emergency Care

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Advancing California’s Master Plan for Aging

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Growing Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

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Improving Oral Healthcare for Seniors

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Featured Initiative


California’s Master Plan for Aging

The Master Plan for Aging reimagines aging in California and outlines solutions that span healthcare, social services, transportation, nutrition, housing, and long-term care. West Health has been involved in its development since the beginning. Through this landmark public-private partnership, we worked alongside other community leaders and state officials in providing recommendations and resources that enable successful aging for all Californians.

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Bold Goals
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Strategies
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Action-Ready
Initiatives

A set of some of the most eye-popping findings from West Health's original research.

135 MILLION WORRIED
ABOUT AFFORDING CARE

135 million American adults are worried that they will eventually be priced out of healthcare if they are not already, according to research conducted by West Health and Gallup in March of 2021.

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$88 BILLION BORROWED
FROM RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Americans collectively borrowed an estimated $88 billion to pay for healthcare in a given year, with over 4 million Americans borrowing more than $5,000, according to research conducted by West Health and Gallup.

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1.1 MILLION
SENIOR LIVES AT RISK

1.1 million Medicare patients could die prematurely over the next decade because they can’t afford to pay for their prescription medications, according to research from West Health Policy Center.

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More Facts & Figures at Healthcare Cost Crisis ↗

Events


The Gary and Mary West Foundation Celebrates 15 Years

This December marked the 15th anniversary of the Gary and Mary West Foundation. Over the past decade and a half, the Foundation has worked alongside talented partners and grantees to make a difference in the lives of seniors in California and every pocket of the country. In this time, we have awarded more than 650 grants totaling nearly a quarter-billion dollars to well-run, mission aligned organizations.

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