Carmen Anderson has been promoted to director of equity and social justice with the Heinz Endowments. The position is within its Children, Youth, and Families program, where she previously was a senior program officer. Before she joined the endowments in 2000, Anderson was the executive director of Healthy Start Inc., a federal public health initiative to reduce infant mortality in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County.
Suzanne Brundage has been chosen as the United Hospital Fund’s (UHF’s) inaugural Patricia S. Levinson Fellow. The fellowship aims to advance the UHF’s efforts to improve health care for vulnerable populations. Brundage is program director of the UHF’s Children’s Health Initiative. A core principle of the initiative “is to harness the untapped opportunity for pediatric primary care practices to identify psychosocial risks to early childhood development, and connect children and families to supports and resources” to help lessen such risks, a press release explained. An example of a psychosocial risk would be exposure to violence in the home or neighborhood, Brundage told me. “Suzanne’s work is helping promote optimal health and development during the first five years of life, with a special focus on the 40 percent of New York [State’s] children living in low-income families,” Jim Tallon, president of the UHF, said in the release.
The Robert A. and Patricia S. Levinson Award Fund at the New York Community Trust supports the Levinson fellowship at the UHF. Pat Levinson served on the UHF board for more than twenty years, had a strong interest in health policy, and was deeply committed to high-quality health care for people in New York City, the UHF said.
In April 2017, Ben Bynum joined the Colorado Health Foundation as portfolio director of private-sector engagement. According to a March 2017 press release, he will develop the foundation’s impact investing strategy, including use of program-related investments, and will manage the portfolio for such investments. His responsibilities include building and maintaining relationships with a broad variety of people and groups in the health field, including those in both the private sector and the nonprofit sector. Bynum was previously with Vital Healthcare Capital, a nonprofit that provides flexible financing and development services to support high-quality health care and good health care jobs in low-income communities, the release said. Bynum holds MD, MBA, and MPH degrees.
Another new hire at the Colorado Health Foundation is Bruce Byington. He is chief impact officer, a new position. He will oversee such foundation roles as grant making, evaluation of the foundation’s work, policy and advocacy, program-related investments, and “engagement with the private sector,” said an e-alert. With the foundation’s President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller, Byington will oversee its communications. Previously, Byington worked at the Center for Creative Leadership for more than twenty-five years—most recently as executive vice president of the Americas Region.
Marian Mulkey, former chief learning officer at the California Health Care Foundation, has joined Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) as a part-time fellow and is working remotely from the San Francisco Bay Area. PACE is “a diverse network of national and regional foundations” that strives “to advance civic engagement and democratic practices,” she said in an e-mail. PACE’s belief statement—“America will be more healthy, successful, resilient, and productive if democracy is strong and the office of citizen is treated as central to how it functions”—particularly resonates “within the current political context,” Mulkey commented. She has also launched her own consulting practice, Mulkey Consulting LLC, which is “working at the intersection of philanthropy and public policy.”
Sammye Pokryfki has left the Rasmuson Foundation, located in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was senior vice president. The foundation announced in a November 2016 press release that Pokryfki planned “to climb mountains and see the world for the next year with her husband.” The release also noted that during her tenure of more than a decade at Rasmuson, she “championed high-impact initiatives to make positive change in some of [Alaska’s] most difficult issues,” including substance use.
Brandon Skidmore joined the Sunflower Foundation, located in Topeka, Kansas, in September 2016. As a program officer, he oversees the foundation’s health care programs, including the Integrated Care Initiative, which focuses “on attainable and sustainable integration of primary and behavioral health care at the community and statewide levels,” according to the funder’s website. Other areas he focuses on include patient-centered care and workforce development. Skidmore was director of the Bureau of Health Promotion at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment before he joined Sunflower.
Deanna Van Hersh has been promoted to the position of vice president for programs at the Kansas Health Foundation. She has been with the foundation since 1998 and most recently served as interim vice president for programs. The foundation, which funds statewide, focuses its grants in two areas: health equity and civic health. Read more about the funder’s grant making here.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Hitachi Foundation closed on December 31, 2016. Read a press release and a Q & A about the closing of the foundation, which was endowed by Hitachi Ltd. back in 1985.
Related reading: “The Hitachi Foundation Sheds Light On The New Role Frontline Workers Play In Health Care,” by Tom Strong, April 24, 2014, GrantWatch section of Health Affairs Blog.