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Foundations Look at Electronic Cigarettes

January 26th, 2015

On January 22, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter titled “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols.” It reports on a chemical analysis of vapor from e-cigarettes “that shows high levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen,” the journal says on its website. “The authors project that the associated incremental lifetime risk of cancer could […]

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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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Improving Successful Project Completion: Lessons Learned from the Global Health Partnerships Program

February 24th, 2014

As part of their Global Health Partnerships program (2008-2011), Pfizer Inc., and the Pfizer Foundation supported thirty-one promising and innovative cancer and tobacco-control projects from forty-six countries from Asia to Africa. The Pfizer Foundation’s investment included the provision of tailored technical assistance provided to each grantee to support successful program implementation, build evaluation capacity, and establish […]

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New Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health Released: Progress Made; Battle Not Won

January 28th, 2014

In 1962, my dad, newspaper reporter L. Edgar Prina (who passed away in 2013), asked President John F. Kennedy an important question: What was the president going to do about smoking in the United States? Some people now view this question as among the catalysts of the antismoking movement in this country. The Department of […]

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Upcycling: Bringing New Life to Existing Health Data

January 24th, 2014

By now, most of us are familiar with recycling. Items with reclaimable value are collected; then base materials are salvaged to create new products—often of lesser quality. Fewer people are familiar with the term upcycling, a form of recycling that involves reconceiving, and sometimes adding to, existing items with the goal of giving them a […]

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A Health Foundation Honors Leaders in Palliative Care

November 21st, 2013

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

September 26th, 2013

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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Policy Checklist: A New Feature for Narrative Matters

February 4th, 2013

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 More Health Educators,” by Joseph West of Sinai […]

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Foundations Focusing on Oil and Gas Fracking and Its Effects on Health

November 1st, 2012

This post is partially adapted from an October 1, 2012, post on the Health and Environmental Funders Network’s blog, Giving InSight. Public health concerns are a major part of escalating philanthropic attention to oil and gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” explained below.  In just fourteen months, more than forty foundations have joined a […]

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Winning the (Information) War on Cancer

August 14th, 2012

Upon receiving the news “you have cancer,” there are many questions that run through a patient’s mind, key among them: Where can I get the best care?  Today, meaningful information to help patients answer this question is lacking.This post is based on remarks that the author made on July 12, in Los Angeles, at the […]

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Health Care Costs, Upcoming Supreme Court Decision, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up

June 13th, 2012

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic scan of foundation blogs to see what the funders are talking about and following. Other topics highlighted below are cancer prevention, games used for health education, health professions education, nonprofit hospitals, and smoking. Games for Health “Gaming the Field,” Ben Sawyer (cofounder of DigitalMill and the Games for Health […]

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Philanthropy Blogs Round-Up: Cancer, Global Health, Health Reform

November 4th, 2011

It is time for another round-up of interesting content that I spotted when scrolling through some of the blogs established by foundations and others that follow philanthropy. Another topic in today’s potpourri is “Philanthropy Insights.” I recently found out that the Maine Health Access Foundation has started a blog! So, the GrantWatch Blogroll is still […]

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Women and Smoking: New Funding for Tobacco Control in the Developing World

September 22nd, 2011

The author, who is president of the Pfizer Foundation, spoke at a UN meeting this week on noncommunicable diseases. The United Nations (UN) has been hosting its High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases September 16–21 in New York City. This is an important opportunity to highlight the alarming incidence of chronic diseases in developing countries and […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during June 2011

July 7th, 2011

Their topics are health reform, long-term care (PACE), and global health—specifically noncommunicable disease. In case you missed the Health Affairs/GrantWatch Tweet and/or e-alert when they were sent out, the list of most-read posts follows. 1. “How to Educate the Public about the ACA: Recommendations from CaliforniaSpeaks,” by Tom Campbell of AmericaSpeaks; Jesse Sostrin of Wilshire […]

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How Do We Address Noncommunicable Disease? Lessons Learned from the Global Health Partnerships Program

June 2nd, 2011

These authors from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Pfizer Inc, respectively, discuss what has been learned thus far from this program funded by Pfizer and the Pfizer Foundation. Noncommunicable diseases have become an important global health concern—they account for 60 percent of all deaths worldwide, or about 35 million deaths, a year with […]

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