The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The fund is dedicated to helping people become more informed about their health care, and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, elderly people, low-income families, minority Americans and the uninsured. The fund's two national program areas are improving health insurance coverage and access to care and improving the quality of health care services. The Commonwealth Fund s International Program in Health Policy and Practice is dedicated to building an international network of policy-oriented health care researchers, stimulating health policy thinking and high-level exchanges, and encouraging comparative research and collaboration. The fund also makes grants to improve health care in New York.