The Evolution of Health Philanthropy—What Next?

The author is the new president of Grantmakers In Health, an organization of health funders. It is based in Washington, D.C. In the past thirty years, health philanthropy has undergone major changes, and the field continues to evolve. In its role of advising and informing health funders,...

February 28, 2013

Weight Watchers, Mayors Support Healthy Lifestyles in Low-Income Communities

The author, the CEO of Weight Watchers International, describes a new initiative that the company launched with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cities can apply now (please see below). Cities today face huge health challenges. For residents, cities are the guardians of public health. For...

February 19, 2013

A Connecticut Foundation Experiments with a Different Way of Funding Health Policy Research

The president and CEO and the vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation describe its new approach and the successes of its grantees. Foundations often employ the twin strategies of grant making and commissioning and advancing objective policy research, but...

February 12, 2013

New in the Journal: Patient Engagement, Patient Safety, and Quality of Care: What Foundations Are Funding

My GrantWatch column in the newly released February 2013 issue of Health Affairs focuses on what foundations around the country have been funding in these areas. Of course, the column includes only a sampling of foundation-funded activities. The column is free access to all. Health philanthropy...

February 7, 2013

Policy Checklist: A New Feature for Narrative Matters

This is a slightly modified version of a post that appeared on Health Affairs blog on January 28. Health Affairs readers may have noticed something a little different about the Narrative Matters essay in January’s issue. The essay, “To Fight Bad Suga’, Or Diabetes, My Neighborhood Needs...

February 4, 2013