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Adding Their Voices: What Older Adults Are Saying about Team Care and the Medical Home


April 14th, 2014
by Marcus Escobedo

Foundations, government, and the health care sector are making large investments to reengineer and revitalize primary care, hoping this will improve the cost and quality of health care overall. Primary care practices that use expanded teams to deliver well-coordinated care designed around the needs of patients and families—widely known as patient-centered medical homes—have become the […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Medicaid, ACA, TB, Environmental Health, Infection Control, and More


April 7th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

“Colorado Joins States Making Continuous Care for Kids a Priority,” Cody Belzley of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, March 12, on the Colorado Trust’s CommunityConnections blog. In this post, Belzley describes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) approval of Colorado’s decision to give children on Medicaid “continuous eligibility” for twelve months regardless of any […]

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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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People Post: News of Personnel Changes, Awards in the Foundation World, including Big News from the Gates Foundation


December 23rd, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Happy Holidays to all from GrantWatch Blog! Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, has been named to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s board of directors. Passport is a “local nonprofit community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid benefits.” A certified public accountant, Carter “has a broad range of experience in all aspects of health care […]

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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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Bruce Chernof on Denial about Aging and Our Impending Long-Term Care Crisis


July 2nd, 2013
by Bruce Chernof

The author is president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, located in Long Beach, California. This post originally appeared on GrantWatch Blog’s sister blog, Health Affairs Blog, on June 12. It is no secret that Americans are aging, but what is too often lost in this fact is that most people will need help as […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-Up: Medicare, Environmental Health, Patient-Centered Care, and More


May 15th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Here are some recent foundation blog posts that caught my eye. The subjects are varied, so there is something for everybody to read! Environmental Health; Disaster Planning On April 29 Lauren Linville, a communications associate with the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), wrote on its Giving Insight blog about lessons learned during Hurricane Sandy. In “Six […]

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People Post: News of Staff and Board Changes at Foundations


April 1st, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

It is time for a “people post” to bring you news of comings and goings in health philanthropy. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Read about one of the Walmart Foundation’s focus areas: Hunger and Healthy […]

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The Two Sides of the Hospital Readmissions Coin


March 4th, 2013
by Anne Weiss

Anne Weiss is a senior program officer who directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Quality/Equality Health Care team. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released a new report and convened leading policy makers and other influencers for an important discussion on one of the biggest problems facing our health care system: avoidable hospital readmissions. […]

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SCAN Foundation CEO Envisions Opportunity for Long-Term Care Solutions in New Commission


January 24th, 2013
by Bruce Chernof

This post first appeared on Health Affairs Blog on January 23. Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities.  In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides to solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). Signing the ATRA into law also achieved policy change on […]

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Why We Are Surveying Older People about Their Experiences with the Health Care System


December 27th, 2012
by Christopher Langston

The author is program director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, a national funder based in New York City. He is editor and contributor for its blog, Health AGEnda. For more than twenty years, the John A. Hartford Foundation has worked to improve the health of older Americans. And over that time, institutionally, we have […]

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Verizon Foundation Launches Programs to Help Reduce Health Care Disparities


December 10th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

On December 4, this funder, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, announced its intent to invest nearly $13 million in health care funding to four national nonprofits and more than a dozen other locally and regionally focused organizations. Support will include not only cash grants but donations of health information technology. The Verizon Foundation aims to reduce […]

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The Role of Philanthropy in Changing the Geriatric Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce


October 10th, 2012

The author served on the Institute of Medicine panel that wrote a recent report on the health professions workforce that will be needed to care for older people with mental illness and substance use conditions. He is executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, in Austin, Texas. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, […]

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Eric Coleman Named MacArthur Foundation Fellow


October 3rd, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation sent out its list of 2012 fellows for what some call its “genius grants” yesterday. As I looked through the list of twenty-three new fellows, I was delighted to see the name of Eric Coleman of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has done innovative work […]

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Recent Journal Content: Foundation Funding in Long-Term Services and Supports


June 29th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

This GrantWatch column in the June issue of the journal is full text, free-access, to all readers. Many elderly and disabled people need long-term care, and it is expensive. Read what foundations around the country are funding in the area of long-term care. Efforts funded range from reports and analyses to “villages” in which elders […]

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Thinking about Working in Health Philanthropy? Seeking funding? Job Openings and RFPs to Consider.


June 21st, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic listing of job openings at foundations and other grant makers around the country that have come to our attention. This time I am adding a couple of requests for proposals (RFPs) for those who have a job but are looking for grant funding. Please make sure to verify that […]

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


May 18th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

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 required HHS to come up with a plan, said […]

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Archstone Foundation: Funding to Help Prevent Elder Abuse in California and Inform the Field


August 30th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

This foundation, located in Long Beach, California, focuses its grant making on older people. Its funding priorities are fall prevention, elder abuse and neglect, and end-of-life issues. In addition, Archstone also makes grants for “emerging and unmet needs within the field of aging.” The funder’s website notes that it accords highest priority to grant proposals […]

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Long-Term Care: What Some Foundations Are Funding


August 29th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

I have compiled here some recently released content on long-term care. A poll funded by the SCAN Foundation was released just this month. New Poll Results Two-thirds (66 percent) of Californians age forty and older who were surveyed said they are worried about affording long-term care for themselves or a family member, according to a […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during May 2011


June 7th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

Below we have listed the three most-read posts. Take a look in case you missed them when the original tweets and e-alerts mentioning them were sent out. 1. “Southern Foundations Discuss PACE: Comprehensive Care to Help Elderly Age in Place,” by Tina Markanda (May 6). Markanda, a program officer at the Duke Endowment, writes about […]

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