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Lessons Learned from the Pfizer Foundation’s ConnectHIV Initiative

$7.5 million to Battle HIV/AIDS in the United States Earlier this month, President Barack Obama set out a new domestic AIDS policy, which asked cities, states, federal agencies, and the private sector to find ways to cut new infections by 25 percent; get more patients treated quickly and...

July 29, 2010

Foundation Underscores the Merits of Healthy Food Choices

With First Lady Michelle Obama’s interest in fresh produce from the garden, we are reminded of how good it is, especially this time of year, to indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out this four-color magazine recently released by a foundation in Pittsburgh. The Heinz Endowments...

July 28, 2010

Roundup: Foundations’ Efforts in Mental Health Care

Stateline.org, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ online news site on state policy and politics, reported on July 19, 2010, that ”as states face their biggest fiscal challenge in modern history,” state funding of mental health is declining—for the first time in more than thirty years. Meanwhile,...

July 23, 2010

What Have Foundations Been Doing to Prevent and Treat HIV/AIDS?

Earlier in July 2010, the White House released a new strategy for combating HIV/AIDS in the United States. Then, this week, the XVIII International AIDS Conference kicked off in Vienna, Austria. As we know, the disease affects people around the world. I decided to pull together some information...

July 21, 2010

Reducing Health Care Disparities Affecting People with Diabetes

Diabetes has been in the news this week what with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel ruling on the diabetes drug Avandia. So, today’s post focuses on a foundation-funded program to reduce disparities in care for people who have this chronic disease. The Alliance to Reduce...

July 17, 2010

Right Pills, Wrong Pills—It Makes All the Difference

Why are people saying that we don’t know how to contain health care costs? I’d argue that we do know how. What we don’t know is how to get better practices accepted and spread. Behavior change is difficult, even when we can advance quality of care and contain costs. Let me...

July 13, 2010

On the Philanthropy Blogs: Health Disparities, Health Reform, and More

Here are links to some recent health-related posts on other philanthropy blogs. Health Disparities Report Shows Health Disparities between White and Minority Boys and Young Men: This June 30, 2010, post by Daniel Weintraub describes a collection of five reports funded by the California...

July 8, 2010

New Paper: A Foundation’s Fight to Slow The Rate of State Health Spending

A new GrantWatch paper, “A Philanthropy Tackles Growth in Health Costs at the State Level” was released today as part of the July 2010 issue of Health Affairs. Authors David Sandman, senior vice president of the New York State Health (NYSHealth) Foundation, and Anthony Kovner, a professor of...

July 7, 2010

Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during June 2010

The most-read GrantWatch Blog post during this time period reported that the philanthropic community had a terrific showing in the June 2010 issue of Health Affairs. Numerous articles published in that issue, which had the theme of “Moving Forward on Health Reform,” were related in...

July 1, 2010