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The Next Frontier in Self-Management for Chronic Illness: Pediatrics


January 14th, 2015

It is well established that patients with chronic conditions account for the majority of health care costs in the United States; this is true for children as well as adults. One successful approach to reducing those costs is enhancing patients’ or their caregivers’ self-management skills, a practice that is widely accepted in the care of […]

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GrantWatch Blog Most-Read List for 2014: Post on the Importance of Zip Code in Determining One’s Health Leads the Way


January 9th, 2015

Happy New Year! We have compiled a list of the ten most-read posts on GrantWatch Blog during 2014, in case you missed any of them. “Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community” (January 30, 2014). This post by Anne Warhover, former president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, was […]

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David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retiring This Week


December 31st, 2014

David C. Colby, long-time staffer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is retiring at the end of 2014, according to an e-mail he sent out to colleagues. He reminisced about what he had been working on over a nearly seventeen-year run at the large and well-known health foundation. This includes guiding the RWJF’s health […]

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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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Oral Health: How a Foundation in New York State Is Working to Prevent Cavities in Young Children


November 5th, 2014

Early Childhood Caries—tooth decay among children under age six—is a disease process that can cause pain that affects a child’s ability to eat, speak, and learn at a time when he or she should be developing and thriving. Almost half of all children develop this decay before they reach kindergarten, with the greatest burden occurring […]

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The RWJF Seeks Proposals for a New National Program: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies


October 22nd, 2014

In its coverage work, in recent years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has prioritized grant making related to the implementation of health reform. Research we have funded in this area has focused largely on monitoring the impact of health reform on important outcomes such as coverage, access, and utilization. Many of these activities can be […]

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National Obesity Rates Remain High: New Report


September 29th, 2014

Just in time for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released their eleventh annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014 (formerly known as the F as in Fat report). The 2014 report was also supported by a […]

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Foundation Awards Grants For Education on Genetic Diseases and Viruses and for HPV Outreach


June 25th, 2014

In April, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), located in Pittsburgh, approved two grants that caught our attention. Genetic Diseases Grant One is for the development of a community-wide education curriculum that presents the evidence about genes and viruses in a way that is scientifically informative and age-appropriate. Nina Butler, a seasoned professional educator, and Jonathan Weinkle, […]

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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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New in the Journal: “Foundation Support for Mental Health” GrantWatch column


May 8th, 2014

May is Mental Health Month, according to a Mental Health America press release. So, the newest GrantWatch column serendipitously came out just at the right time! In the just-released May 2014 issue of Health Affairs, my GrantWatch column (free access) mentions examples of foundations that have been trying to improve mental health care around the […]

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


April 21st, 2014

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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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People Post: Foundation Staff Comings and Goings; Job Openings


October 17th, 2013

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

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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