Americans’ Thoughts on the Role of the United States in Global Health: Foundation Survey

This week, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a survey that aimed to find out what Americans think about the country’s role in global health. The February 2012 telephone poll asked a variety of questions, including whether US spending on global health is at an appropriate...

May 24, 2012

The Joplin, Missouri, Tornado: Director’s Cut; How a Foundation Has Been Helping

The tragedy that occurred in Joplin in May 2011 is back in the news as its anniversary rolls around. This week, President Obama delivered the commencement address to the 2012 graduating class of Joplin High School. The twister arrived just after the 2011 graduation ceremony, completely...

May 22, 2012

Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias: What Are Foundations Doing to Increase Knowledge and Prevent Suffering?

This week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a national plan to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act, legislation that was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress (yes, you read that correctly!) in 2010...

May 18, 2012

Foundation Funding to Eliminate Food Deserts and to Improve Oral Health

The May GrantWatch column in Health Affairs focuses on efforts of foundations around the United States to address the problems of ‘food deserts’—low-income communities where there are limited locations for residents to buy reasonably priced fresh fruits and vegetables. The topic of food deserts...

May 15, 2012

Should California Establish a Basic Health Program for Certain Low-Income Residents?

California is considering whether to establish a Basic Health Program, an option under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that would cover those who are earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are ineligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)....

May 10, 2012

Foundation Convenes Statewide Conference on End-of-Life Care

GrantWatch Blog asked the author, a staffer at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, in Pittsburgh, to report on a conference that the funder and the Coalition for Quality at End of Life convened this spring. Readmissions Reduction. Health Information Technology. Patient-Centered Medical Home. Cost...

May 4, 2012

In Memoriam: E. Richard Brown. Revisiting What He Wrote for the GrantWatch Section of Health Affairs

I was on vacation this past week. When I returned, I saw an e-alert from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Policy Research with just “E. Richard Brown” in the subject line. The e-alert delivered the sad news that a few days earlier in April, Brown, known to all...

May 2, 2012