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Colorado Funders Take Wait-and-See Approach to Recreational Marijuana

April 21st, 2014
by Christie McElhinney

On April 10, the 100th day since legal sales of recreational marijuana began in Colorado, Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers told funders gathered at the mid-year meeting of Philanthropy Southwest, held in Denver, that foundations need to pay attention to the “fallout” over the legalization of marijuana as this will be a “huge issue in America over […]

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Health Care and Domestic Violence: A Prescription for Prevention

April 8th, 2014
by Bess Bendet

Have you ever filled out a questionnaire at the doctor’s office that asks if you’re a smoker, how many drinks you have per week, or if there’s a history of high cholesterol in your family? Chances are good that you have. What you may not have seen is a question that asks if you feel […]

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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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Education Leads to Better Health Outcomes, Says Policy Brief from Virginia Commonwealth University and the RWJF

April 3rd, 2014
by Tracy Gnadinger

In January, the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the policy brief, “Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before,” along with an animated video on the importance of investing in education as a means to improving long-term health outcomes. Americans with less education […]

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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?

April 1st, 2014
by Catherine Hess

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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Physically Fit Students Do Better on Academic Test Scores, Says Study Funded by a Kansas Foundation

February 6th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

On January 30, two Kansas state agencies released study results indicating that “on average, students who are physically fit score above standard on Kansas state assessments in reading and math,” according to a press release. And there’s more good news from the study: physically active kids in the Sunflower State also miss fewer days of […]

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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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Fast Food Facts 2013: Healthy Kids’ Meal Options Increase, Yet Most Are Still Nutrient Poor

November 13th, 2013
by Amir Al-Kourainy

New report also looks at fast food advertising. A new report, “Fast Food Facts 2013,” issued by the Yale Rudd Center For Food Policy and Obesity, examines the nutritional quality of fast food and how such restaurants have marketed their foods and beverages to children and teens over the past three years. The report, which […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff Comings and Goings; Job Openings

October 17th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

It’s time for another People Post. Watch for more people news in my GrantWatch column in the December issue of Health Affairs. Ann Beeson, executive director of US programs at the Open Society Foundations from 2007 to 2011, is the new executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute […]

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How Do You Keep School-Age Children Healthy? Report from a Health Policy Forum

October 3rd, 2013
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

On September 16, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its eleventh annual Bost Health Policy Forum, in Erlanger, Kentucky, a small town in the northern region of the state. This year’s event, titled “Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids,” stimulated discussions about keeping today’s school-age children throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky healthy as they grow […]

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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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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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Health Affairs June GrantWatch Column Focuses on Foundation Funding to Prevent Obesity

June 27th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

My GrantWatch column (free access) in the journal’s June issue focuses on foundations’ funding in obesity prevention. Little did I know that the topic would be so timely: The American Medical Association voted on June 18 to adopt a policy stating that it now considers obesity a “disease.” As a “lagniappe,” I have added here some […]

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People Post: Staff and Board Comings and Goings, and Job Openings, at Foundations

June 20th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

It is time for another update on changes in the world of health philanthropy, including the passing of a former CEO of a foundation. There is much news from California funders this time. Diana M. Bontá stepped down as president and CEO of the Woodland Hills-based California Wellness Foundation on June 14, according to a June […]

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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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Gates Foundation and Partners Launch New Strategy for Eradicating Polio

May 1st, 2013
by Margaret Saunders

The author is a senior editor at Health Affairs who focuses on global health. The April 2013 GrantWatch column noted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s announcement of the eradication of polio as one of its priorities. Subsequently, the foundation launched the Global Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan (2013–2018), together with other partners, at […]

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Foundation Initiative Uses Expanded View of Health: Including Its Social and Environmental Determinants

April 23rd, 2013
by Carolyn Link

This post, with the orginal title of  “Expanding the Way We Look at Health,” was first published on the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) blog, Giving InSight, on April 1. (That post includes pictures, which are not shown here.) The author is executive director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, which exclusively dedicates […]

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Addressing the Root Causes of Health Problems: Rebecca Onie of Health Leads

March 22nd, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

I recently returned from covering the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting in San Francisco, where Rebecca Onie was among the keynote speakers. She was a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader award winner and received a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2009. Health Leads, a Boston-based […]

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