Hurricanes’ Effects on Health Care and What Foundations Are Funding in Louisiana

As the media have been reporting on New Orleans at the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it is also an opportune time for the GrantWatch Blog to report on how foundations have been helping in the Crescent City and surrounding area. Foundations have awarded grants to inform the general...

August 31, 2010

Recent Foundation Funding in Global Health: Helping Haitians after the Earthquake; HIV/AIDS

It has been more than seven months since the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010. GrantWatch Blog mentions here two foundation-related efforts to help people from this poverty-stricken Caribbean nation. We also bring you news of some philanthropic activity related to the...

August 27, 2010

Can Funders Quell a ‘Perfect Storm of Overutilization’?

This month I received a letter from a physician who was dismayed to learn that a colleague was leaving medical practice. He wrote in his letter, “One of my dear friends was nudged into retirement because he didn’t order enough tests on the equipment which his practice had purchased…. His loss...

August 25, 2010

On the Philanthropy Blogs Roundup: Health Reform, Dengue, Polling, and More

I have been scanning the blogs listed on our GrantWatch Blogroll to the right and wanted to point out some posts that are worth looking at. Check out Matt Sundeen’s informative August 5, 2010, post “To Be Seen Whether Other States Follow Missouri’s Vote against Health Reform,” on the Colorado...

August 20, 2010

Health Reform at the Retail Level: Community by Community, State by State

Our discussions at the recent health funders’ retreat at Brandeis University drove home an important point. The Affordable Care Act is a lot more than a series of provisions to assure access to health care coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. The new health reform law creates...

August 19, 2010

How Foundations Can Help States Implement Health Reform

More from a meeting of foundations, cosponsored by Grantmakers In Health and others and held at Brandeis University, July 2010 How can philanthropies interested in health care delivery assist states in the complex task of implementing health reform? This was the topic that brought philanthropy...

August 13, 2010

Helping to Define Health Philanthropy’s Role in the Implementation of Health Reform

Two weeks ago, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) joined with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, and Commonwealth Fund to sponsor a discussion among funders about the roles that state and local health foundations can play in advancing health reform. The night before...

August 12, 2010

Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during July 2010

Below, we have tabulated for you a list of which three GrantWatch Blog posts were most read in July 2010. GrantWatch Blog, a fairly recent product of Health Affairs, launched in March 2010.  At the top of the list was a “roundup” post on foundation-funded efforts in two areas:...

August 9, 2010

The Relief of Suffering from Serious Illness: How Foundations Can Lessen the Pain

The high cost of end-of-life care in the United States has been a source of hand-wringing among health economists and policy wonks for decades. (See “End-of-Life Savings: A ‘Fool’s Gold’ of Reform” on the Health Affairs Blog.) Nonetheless, a wise man once said, “Every problem has a solution.”...

August 6, 2010

We Need More Preventive Health Programs, but Let’s Make Sure to Evaluate Them

I had the good fortune to attend and participate in the Colorado Health Symposium, sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation on July 28 in beautiful Keystone, Colorado. The symposium brought together 400 health professionals from Colorado, representing a variety of backgrounds, to discuss...

August 3, 2010