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Supporting Efforts to Advance Adult Dental Coverage and Access in Medicaid


February 26th, 2015

While comprehensive dental coverage is a required benefit for children served by Medicaid, the same is not true for adults. Dental benefits are optional for adults enrolled in Medicaid, and dental coverage is often among the first programs to be trimmed in tight fiscal times—most recently, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) made such a proposal. […]

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Health System Lessons from Grantmakers In Health’s Trip to Cuba


February 24th, 2015

This post is adapted from an article originally published in the February 16 issue of GIH (Grantmakers In Health’s) Bulletin. This January, some members of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH’s) board and senior staff visited Havana, Cuba, with MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), an organization licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to conduct […]

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During the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period, Foundations Reach Out


January 30th, 2015

With the current tax-filing season upon us now and the need for people to learn about reporting their compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate, it is good to see what foundations are doing to educate people about the law, or what some call Obamacare, in general. Here are a few examples of […]

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Missouri Foundation for Health and Others Support Ferguson Commission


December 30th, 2014

A group of six funders in the St. Louis, Missouri, area have together pledged a total of $150,000 for the recently established Ferguson Commission, according to a December 22 press release from Missouri Foundation for Health. The commission’s broad charge is to assess “the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the […]

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Global Health, Health Reform, Mental Health, and More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


December 23rd, 2014

For your holiday reading, here is a potpourri of foundation blog posts that caught my eye. Global Health “A Major Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria,” by Alan Magill of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its Impatient Optimists blog, December 10. The World Health Organization recently announced significant reductions since 2000 in the […]

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New in the Journal: A System of Care for Children in Underserved Atlanta Neighborhoods


December 18th, 2014

The GrantWatch section of Health Affairs’ December 2014 thematic issue on children’s health contains “Healthy Beginnings: A System of Care for Children in Atlanta,” by Ryan Chao of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Baltimore; Susan Bertonaschi of the foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site in Atlanta; and Julie Gazmararian of Emory University Rollins School of Public […]

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Funding Social and Economic Interventions to Improve Health: Health Legacy Foundation Strategies


November 24th, 2014

Nearly $1 billion in grant funding is awarded each year by health legacy foundations (which some call “conversion foundations”). These foundations are formed with proceeds from mergers and acquisitions of nonprofit health care entities and currently operate in forty-three states across the country. At least 306 of these foundations have been established over the past […]

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A Postcard from California: Cal Wellness Foundation President on the ACA and the Foundation’s New Grants Program


October 29th, 2014

A few short months after I took the helm as The California Wellness Foundation’s president and CEO, the results of our eighth annual Cal Wellness/Field Health Policy Survey were released. I dug into the results to get a view of what Californians are thinking and feeling about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) implementation in our […]

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Community Health Workers Attend Statewide Convening Cosponsored by a Foundation


September 30th, 2014

The health system in the United States is undergoing transformative changes at the local, state, and national levels. A significant part of this change is the estimated 20 million-plus people that have gained health coverage, many for the first time, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Kentucky, more than 520,000 people are newly insured […]

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Cigna Foundation and Nonprofit Aim to Revitalize Distressed Neighborhood: Community Development at Work


September 15th, 2014

The story begins with the failure of the economic engine—the relocation of a factory, perhaps, or the closure of a mine. Soon, joblessness, violence, and the deterioration of housing conditions follow. The impact on individual health levels can be devastating as rates of mental illness and substance abuse increase and more people do not manage […]

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Alcohol and Drug Prevention: A New Initiative to Keep Youth on a Healthy Path


July 28th, 2014

Across the country, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents. We read about their deaths daily in the news—lives young and old snuffed out. Young people are at high risk because of their impulsive behavior. And when we look at the broader pattern of misuse of alcohol and drugs, we learn that […]

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Project ECHO Is Awarded $6.4 Million Grant for Diabetes and Endocrinology Care to New Mexico Underserved


July 23rd, 2014

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is already a nationally recognized model that links community-based clinicians with specialists at university medical centers to help patients in rural and underserved areas manage chronic, common, and complex conditions such as diabetes. But with a […]

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Health Policy Fellows Program in a Southern State Helps to Inform Legislators


July 16th, 2014

The development of a nonpartisan program to help elected officials increase knowledge and dialogue around health, health care, and health policy issues has been well received in South Carolina. To take on the mammoth task of making policy decisions about state laws, regulations, budgets, etc., legislators must study a wide range of issues such as […]

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Making Community Health Centers “Providers of Choice”—Two Foundations in California Fund a Study of the Safety Net’s Readiness for the ACA


June 11th, 2014

Community health centers (CHCs) have long been a centerpiece of the health care safety net, providing an array of primary care services for low-income and uninsured populations. These organizations will continue to serve a critical role for the millions of people who remain uninsured after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ACA […]

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How Foundations Are Helping Veterans and Military Service Members and Their Families: Some Examples


June 6th, 2014

If you have been following recent news reports, you’ve heard about the allegations that veterans have not been getting the health care that they need. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, not wanting to be a distraction, resigned on May 30, according to a statement by President Obama. Sloan D. Gibson is now acting secretary. […]

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NIHCM Foundation To Award Grants for Research on How to Improve the US Health Care System


May 29th, 2014

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of America’s health care system, according to its website. NIHCM Foundation is making up to $250,000 available during its 2014–2015 funding cycle for its investigator-initiated research […]

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A Vision of Health on the Space Coast of Florida: A Health Legacy Foundation Profile


May 22nd, 2014

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, scores of community hospitals have entered into agreements to sell, merge, or otherwise reconfigure their assets with larger health care systems. When such transactions entail the transfer of nonprofit health care assets, proceeds frequently endow new charitable organizations known as health legacy foundations. The January 2014 issue […]

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Medicaid Health Homes: Early Lessons From State Adopters Outlined


May 15th, 2014

In March 2014 the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) published the brief, “Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons.” With support from the New York State Health Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, the CHCS looked at best practices and implementation lessons from states that have been early adopters of health homes. […]

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Toxic Stress in Children and the Importance of Listening Between the Lines to What Kids Say


April 29th, 2014

A report from the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting, which was held in March in Atlanta. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, in San Francisco, was among the plenary speakers at this year’s GIH meeting. Wendy Wolf, president of the Maine Health Access Foundation, a GIH board member, […]

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New Orleans Health Department Transformation: the Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Change


February 26th, 2014

From the tragic flooding after Hurricane Katrina emerged an opportunity to transform the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) and the local public health system. The health department transitioned from a marginal primary health care provider to a strategic public health leader facilitated by the dynamic leadership of Karen DeSalvo, health commissioner. This metamorphosis was catalyzed […]

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