Below we have listed the three most-read posts. Take a look in case you missed them when the original tweets and e-alerts mentioning them were sent out.
1. “Southern Foundations Discuss PACE: Comprehensive Care to Help Elderly Age in Place,” by Tina Markanda (May 6).
Markanda, a program officer at the Duke Endowment, writes about a recent webinar on the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), “an evidence-based model of care.” PACE, which uses a capitated payment method, allows the elderly “to remain in the community and to ‘age in place.’” Markanda mentions PACE activity in North Carolina and discusses why foundations should consider funding this care model. The Southeastern Council on Foundations sponsored the webinar for people participating in the EngAGEment Initiative (funded by Grantmakers In Aging and the Atlantic Philanthropies).
2. “New Article: What Foundations Are Funding in Environmental Health,” by Lee-Lee Prina (May 12).
This post announces the publication of a peer-reviewed GrantWatch article in the May 2011 issue of Health Affairs. Written by Karla Fortunato and Kathy Sessions of the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), the article is a good round-up piece on which foundations have been awarding grants in the area of environmental health and what they have been funding. The authors do a good job of organizing their topic of “Philanthropy at the Intersection of Health and the Environment.”
By the way, that May issue of the journal is a thematic issue on environmental health and was funded with the generous support of the Kresge Foundation.
3. “Fighting Mental Illness: A Call to Action for Foundations,” by Paul Gionfriddo (April 27).
Gionfriddo, an independent consultant and blogger (who is the former president of the Quantum Foundation in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a former Connecticut state legislator) alerts us that states cut their mental health budgets by almost $1.6 billion between FY2009 and FY2011 (here, he cites stats from the National Alliance on Mental Illness). “Many states are likely to make further cuts this year,” Gionfriddo cautions in his post. He suggests three ways that foundations can respond to this situation. He comments, though, that “the philanthropic community can’t replace these dollars” cut by states.