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


February 26th, 2014
 
by Elizabeth Scheer and Jessica Riccardo

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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A World of Darkness: What If Thomas Edison Had to Write Grant Proposals to Invent the Light Bulb?


February 18th, 2014
by Jeffrey Brenner

Editors’ Notes:  This is the first in an occasional series of posts published in partnership with Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Visit its website for other updates about the field of health philanthropy. This post by Jeffrey Brenner is also available on the GIH website. As Thomas Edison began to write his grant report he cringed. Despite trying over 2,000 different materials […]

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California’s Low Income Health Program: A Public-Private Partnership That Worked


February 14th, 2014
 
by Richard Thomason and Peter Long

Amidst all of the criticism surrounding early implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was, in fact, a bright spot. As soon as the ACA was signed into law, California developed a landmark initiative known as the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). The program would go on to provide more than 660,000 low-income residents […]

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New in the Journal: A Foundation’s Support for Telehealth Improves Access in Rural and Frontier Areas


February 5th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

The GrantWatch article in the just-released February issue of Health Affairs goes right along with the issue’s theme “Early Evidence, Future Promise of Connected Health.” Written by two members of the program staff at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, this fascinating article describes the foundation’s funding of telehealth projects to improve access to […]

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New Poverty and Philanthropy Report from the Urban Institute and JPB Foundation


January 8th, 2014
by Tracy Gnadinger

A new report, Addressing Deep and Persistent Poverty: A Framework for Philanthropic Planning and Investment, from the Urban Institute (funded by the JPB Foundation) looks at the history of US antipoverty policies, examines the concept of “deep poverty,” lists organizational approaches for addressing poverty in the United States, and provides foundations with recommended guidelines for […]

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Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care


December 31st, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Much of the work to improve access to high-quality care and reduce costs of care will occur in the states, according to the website of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a Merck Foundation national program. So the alliance and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a webinar in November that discussed current state […]

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New in the Journal: Emergency Care: What Have Foundations Recently Supported?


December 5th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The theme of the December issue of Health Affairs is “The Future of Emergency Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities.” Among the issue’s several funders is the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation. Our GrantWatch section on health philanthropy goes along with the issue’s theme by providing a selected sampling of what foundations have been supporting in the area […]

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What Will the ACA Mean for Children’s Coverage?


December 4th, 2013
by Catherine Hess

Working with state and national advocacy organizations as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), several national foundations are aiming to shape the answer to this question. While most eyes are focused on the prize of coverage for adults, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies are continuing their […]

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A Health Foundation Honors Leaders in Palliative Care


November 21st, 2013
by Maddie Andrews

At Cambia Health Foundation we are committed to improving access to high-quality palliative care across our Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah community. Through our signature Sojourns program, we support organizations and individuals that share our commitment to advancing patient-centered, effective palliative care that improves quality of life by addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural, and […]

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New in the Journal: Sue Hassmiller on the RWJF’s Deep Commitment to Nursing


November 18th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The GrantWatch section of the November 2013 issue of Health Affairs—a thematic issue on the health care workforce—goes right along with the theme. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), wrote “The RWJF’s Investment in Nursing to Strengthen the Health of Individuals, Families, and Communities.” Throughout its more […]

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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services


October 30th, 2013
by Paul Gionfriddo

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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The Commonwealth Fund Has Announced A New Direction: Seeks to Expand Reach While Maintaining Influence


October 23rd, 2013
by Amir Al-Kourainy

The Commonwealth Fund recently announced a refocusing of its policy priorities. The new direction comes on the heels of David Blumenthal joining the Commonwealth Fund as the seventh president of the ninety-five-year old philanthropy. Since its founding by Anna Harkness in 1918, the foundation has had a mission to “do something for the welfare of […]

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MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients Include One Coordinating Care for Complex Patients; Another Confronting Chronic Illnesses in Botswana


September 26th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2013 class of fellows who are receiving “genius grants.” Twenty-four “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future,” were selected, according to a press release from this national funder, based in Chicago. […]

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What Foundations Have Been Funding in Rural Health, Medicaid, Are Subjects of Two Recent GrantWatch Columns


September 12th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Yesterday I saw an Associated Press (AP) article titled “Newly Insured to Deepen Primary Care Doctor Gap.” (link below) The AP reported that in some regions of the United States, the primary care physician shortage “is expected to worsen.” For example, in some parts of rural Nevada, patients often wait seven to ten days to […]

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How We Decided To Be a Health Equity Funder: The Connecticut Health Foundation’s New Strategic Direction


September 11th, 2013

The author is vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation, in Hartford. Earlier this year, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) announced a strategic shift and new five-year plan that will, incrementally, move us from being a funder with three priority areas to a funder with health equity as its central […]

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What Do Consumers Need to Know about Health Reform’s Changes?


August 29th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This was the title of a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation webinar (first in a series) held on August 28. I decided I could surely learn something new about the Affordable Care Act and also could refresh my knowledge by listening to the webinar—after all, it was aimed at journalists! Following are a few tidbits […]

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Early Childhood Mental Health: A Colorado Collaborative Approach Tackles the Challenges


August 7th, 2013
by Whitney Gustin Connor

Whitney Gustin Connor is the senior health program officer at Rose Community Foundation, in Denver. Early childhood mental health status affects the well-being of every family with young children. Estimates of the number of children suffering from serious mental health problems vary greatly depending on the study cited; national estimates range from 5 percent to […]

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Statewide Collaboration Aims to Create a Healthier Kansas


July 23rd, 2013
by Steve Coen

A group of foundations in Kansas finds working together valuable. As the health issues facing our nation become more complex, grantmakers will need to continually look for more innovative and strategic ways to tackle these challenges. The leading health foundations in Kansas are collaborating in an effort called Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH). From sharing […]

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The Health of Immigrants: What Projects Are Foundations Funding?


July 11th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

As immigration reform is hotly debated in Congress this summer, I am focusing this post on what foundations are funding related to the health of immigrants. A bit of background “When Congress passed President Obama’s health care overhaul [in 2010], a critical compromise provision was that immigrants living in the United States illegally would not […]

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A Workforce That Can Do More: Project ECHO at Ten Years Brings Behavioral Health Care to Underserved Areas


July 8th, 2013
by John Lumpkin

The author is a senior vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the director of its Health Care Group. He has been with the foundation for more than ten years. At a June 14 event in Washington, D.C., Bob Corcoran, the president and chairman of the GE Foundation, observed that our health care […]

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