The Maine Health Access Foundation: How It Has Used Facebook

Earlier this month at Grantmakers In Health’s Annual Meeting, my presentation was titled “The Promise. The Tool. The Bargain: Maine Health Access Foundation’s Use of Facebook.” Clay Shirky, in his book Here Comes Everybody, uses this wording and reminds us that these social media...

March 30, 2010

Reflections on GIH’s “Web 2.0: New Tools for Engagement” Session

Those who have worked in the health field for any length of time have surely encountered the “stages of change” model, which posits that individual behavior change goes through five stages: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. It is my observation that...

March 29, 2010

Social Media and Philanthropy: First Signs of Spring?

I noticed something a little unusual at a workshop earlier this month. I’ve been doing a lot of speaking recently on social media and philanthropy, and I often start presentations with some questions to gauge the mindset of the group. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to uncover a lot...

March 26, 2010

Mary Jane Koren Receives Grantmakers In Health Award

Mary Jane Koren, an assistant vice president of the Commonwealth Fund, received the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy at an 11 March 2010 luncheon during Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH’s) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Koren, an internist and geriatrician, heads...

March 25, 2010

Health Care In Haiti: The Foundation Response

After the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, many foundations have stepped forward with a wide range of funding and assistance. The Council on Foundations lists more than 100 diverse grantmakers who have helped in Haiti. The site describes efforts by various types of foundations, as...

March 23, 2010

Foundations Striving to Prevent Obesity

Health Affairs focuses on child obesity in its March 2010 issue and is publishing related content throughout the month of March, including a Web First article and Health Affairs Blog posts from Sen. Tom Harkin and Sen. Mike Enzi. For the GrantWatch Blog, we offer here a round-up of obesity...

March 19, 2010

Helping States Enhance Health Care Quality

As health spending in the United States tops 17 percent of GDP, policymakers are asking for higher quality outcomes in health care. A GrantWatch article in the March 2010 issue of Health Affairs, discusses the State Quality Improvement Institute, which was created by the Commonwealth Fund and...

March 16, 2010

Welcome to the Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog!

Since 1987, Health Affairs has published news and insights into health care and health policy philanthropy in its ongoing journal section called GrantWatch. Now GrantWatch has moved to the blogosphere. The GrantWatch Blog will feature news and updates about health grant making, particularly as...

March 16, 2010