February 17th, 2011
As my work week draws to a close, I have put together a quick listing of some foundation-related posts that I think you might want to check out. If your foundation has a blog about health care and it is not listed on GrantWatch Blog’s Blogroll, let me know about it!
Disparities in Health:
“Poll Finds Disparities in How Californians View Their Health,” Daniel Weintraub, Feb. 9, on California Health Report. The poll described was funded by the California Endowment.
“Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Means Healthy Kids, Quality Jobs, Stable Neighborhoods,” Ruth Ann Norton of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Feb. 1, on the Council on Foundations RE: Philanthropy blog. Read about this initiative funded by the Open Society Foundations.
“Uncommon Rewards,” Orin Levine of Johns Hopkins University, Feb. 11, on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Foundation Blog. Levine discusses some good news: “This year marks the first time ever that children in the world’s poorest countries will have access to the same pneumonia vaccines as children in the USA, and on the same timeline.” The GAVI Alliance—The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, which receives support from the Gates Foundation, and other donors are helping to make this happen. (This post was originally published on the Huffington Post.)
Health Care Delivery/Specialty Care to Underserved/Telehealth:
“Despite Political Uncertainties, An Emerging Model Shows Health Care Transformation Is Possible,” John Lumpkin of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Jan. 3 on the RWJF’s Pioneering Ideas blog. This post focuses on Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), an RWJF grantee, located in Albuquerque. Lumpkin notes that Project ECHO “offers not only a new way of providing health care services and education but a new way of addressing a host of problems that have plagued our health care system for many years.” Susan Promislo at the RWJF told me today that this week the foundation posted a new video on Project ECHO; check it out here.
Health Care for the Elderly:
“A Growing Repository of Knowledge,” Rita Jablonski of Pennsylvania State University, Jan. 27, on the John A. Hartford Foundation’s health AGEnda blog. Jablonski discusses POGOe (Portal of Online Geriatric Education). In 2004 the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, based in Las Vegas, funded creation of what is now “a free public repository of a growing collection of over 400 geriatric educational materials.” POGOe is now integrating materials from the Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative. The funding guidelines for the Reynolds Foundation’s national program on Aging and Quality of Life say that “this initiative is driven by invitation only.” Read more here.
Health Information Technology (IT):
“President Obama Points to Personal Health Information Downloads,” Markle Foundation’s Connected World Blog, Jan. 27. This post concerns Obama’s remarks in his State of the Union address.
“State’s Health Reform Implementation Plan a Must Read for Legislators,” Matt Sundeen, senior program officer for health policy at the Colorado Trust, Jan. 26, on that funder’s Community Connections blog.
“Student Health Plan Enrollees to Gain New Protections under Affordable Care Act,” Sara R. Collins of the Commonwealth Fund, Feb. 11, on the Commonwealth Fund Blog. Read about new regulations for these plans offered by colleges and universities.
“Obesity Epidemic Threatens Colorado’s Health, Economy,” Kelly Dunkin of the Colorado Health Foundation, Feb. 10, on the foundation’s Health Relay blog.
“Catalytic Philanthropy: Investing in Policy Advocacy,” Ashley Allen of the Endeavor Group, a consulting firm, Feb. 11, on the Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog. Allen discusses how foundations can “maximize and leverage their investments. . .to drive social change.” She provides three examples of “effective advocacy campaigns”—all having something to do with global health.
“Health Is About People, Not Patients,” Chuck Reyman of the Colorado Health Foundation, Jan. 18, on the foundation’s Health Relay blog. Reyman discusses a change in vocabulary at this Denver-based funder.
Substance Abuse/Global Health:
“Methadone as a Human Right,” Kathleen Kingsbury, Feb. 16, on Open Society Foundations Blog. Kingsbury, who is a program officer in the Open Society Public Health Program, discusses “opiate substitution therapies,” such as methadone, which can treat addiction to heroin and also can help to prevent HIV infection. Such therapies are forbidden by law in Russia, which has many heroin addicts and “one of the world’s fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics,” she states.
Lagniappe (a little something extra, as they say in Louisiana):
Health Professions Workforce:
“Primary Care: Addressing Workforce Attrition,” Vanessa Hurley of New America Foundation (a public policy institute, not a philanthropic foundation), Jan. 26, on New America’s The New Health Dialogue blog.