Scott Moyer, The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare for underserved populations, correctional health, and mental health

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IP TAKE: Interested in the intersection of health policy and social justice, Moyer oversees millions of dollars in grants designed to get healthcare—including mental health services—to the uninsured and vulnerable populations. He has a particular soft spot for projects that deliver health services to people in the U.S. prison system.


PROFILE: Presiding over a charitable organization with $82 million in assets and a staff of three (including himself), Scott Moyer has some major grantmaking responsibilities on his hands. Fortunately for The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, Moyer runs the public health-focused group with vision and drive, guiding major investments into projects that bring health care to underserved groups.

The Langeloth portfolio of active grants consists of several dozen projects focused on getting health services to people who don't have them. These efforts include enrolling the uninsured in coverage expansion programs under the Affordable Care Act and providing preventive care to the homeless. But a look at the collective list of grants shows a particular trend in Langeloth and Moyer's overall funding priorities: improving health care for incarcerated populations in the United States.

Indeed, in Langeloth's stated funding priorities, "correctional care" is the only priority listed. As noted above, correctional care projects are hardly the only ones that Langeloth is willing to fund, but the foundation, under Moyer's direction, does take special interest in the healthcare needs of the U.S. prison population.

Moyer is a known entity among prison healthcare policy experts. He participates in prison health-related "issue dialogues," speaking to policymakers about health issues and the justice system. He has even had his face drawn up in dot form by the Wall Street Journal in connection with his work getting mental health care to people just being released from prison.

In the WSJ article, Moyer explains his support for getting mental health services to people being released from prison, saying, "The facts are out there that people with mental illness, after they're discharged from prison, often really fall through the cracks because either the referrals are not in place or there are not enough treatment opportunities for people in the community." "Not enough treatment" is an accurate, if unfortunate, phrase to describe the state of healthcare in American prisons, and it also appears to be a primary motivator for Moyer in determining how Langeloth allocates its grant funding.

Helpfully, Langeloth's website has fairly detailed information on how interested parties should go about applying for grants. Langeloth encourages groups to reach out to the Foundation to discuss ideas before submitting an official proposal.