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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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Elevating the Role of the Medical Assistant

March 3rd, 2014

The Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and our Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), an operating arm of the foundation, are transforming primary care—equipping practices with the resources necessary to reduce waste and inefficiency, improve workflows, implement and meaningfully use electronic health records, and treat complex patients with both physical and behavioral health conditions. True transformation […]

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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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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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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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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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Key Lessons from One Foundation’s Federally Qualified Health Center Initiative

May 27th, 2013
by Kerry Diaz and Kerry Jamieson

The authors are with Quantum Foundation, in West Palm Beach, Florida. This post is based on a consultant’s report. The authors also presented on this topic at the Grantmakers In Health annual meeting in March 2013. In philanthropy, it’s easy to focus on our successes. It’s obvious when a project or grant goes well. Often, […]

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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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San Francisco Safety-Net Clinics Strive to Share the Care

April 9th, 2013
by Matthew Ingram

GrantWatch Blog invited Matthew Ingram of the Metta Fund, a health foundation that awards grants in San Francisco, to talk about a new program it is funding. Most of us can remember a coach who affected us profoundly at some point in our lives, and to whom we owe the credit for making suggestions that, […]

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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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Policy Checklist: A New Feature for Narrative Matters

February 4th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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Reconsidering Primary Care: A View from a Foundation President

January 30th, 2013
by Peter Long

The author is the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, a statewide funder located in San Francisco. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act , there has been a persistent, urgent call to produce more primary care physicians. With many provisions of the health reform law to be implemented less […]

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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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Profiles of the Ten Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awardees

November 26th, 2012
by Chris Fleming

This post, by my colleague Chris Fleming, originally appeared on Health Affairs Blog, which is GrantWatch Blog’s “big sister” blog here at the journal. On November 21, Health Affairs released a series of Web First articles profiling the winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Young Leaders Awards, which were announced this Fall on […]

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Report from the Field on a Kentucky Policy Forum on Integrating Medical and Behavioral Care

October 4th, 2012
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

GrantWatch Blog invited the author, who recently joined the staff of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, to report on its recent Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, which was held in Lexington. On September 17, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its tenth annual health policy forum in Lexington, Kentucky. (The forum was named […]

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Foundations Aim to Strengthen and Improve the Safety Net; Other Recent Journal Content

August 23rd, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

My GrantWatch column in the August 2012 issue contains a selected sampling of foundation funding on the topic of the health care safety net. Grants awarded include efforts to help safety-net providers, as well as populations who turn to the safety net for their health care. The column is but a small part of the […]

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The Joplin, Missouri, Tornado: Director’s Cut; How a Foundation Has Been Helping

May 22nd, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

The tragedy that occurred in Joplin in May 2011 is back in the news as its anniversary rolls around. This week, President Obama delivered the commencement address to the 2012 graduating class of Joplin High School. The twister arrived just after the 2011 graduation ceremony, completely destroying the school. The new school is supposed to […]

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Safety-Net Clinics Try Out the Patient-Centered Medical Home Concept: Lessons from Kansas City

April 10th, 2012
by Brenda Sharpe

The president and CEO of a Midwest health foundation relates what she and colleagues have learned thus far from its initiative. Five years ago, the REACH Healthcare Foundation hosted a day-long forum in Kansas City, Missouri, for local safety-net health care providers on a concept that was then relatively new to us and to many […]

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What in the World Is a Health Home?

February 13th, 2012
by Tom David

The author explains the concept and how it can help safety-net patients. David also alerts us to the Health Home Innovation Fund, managed by Tides’s Community Clinics Initiative and funded by the California Endowment. He thanks Jane Stafford, managing director of the initiative, for her help with this post. Among the many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, one of the most […]

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Diabetes Campaign in New York State Is Influencing Practices to Improve Care

January 18th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

Read about the New York State Health Foundation’s “five-year, $35 million campaign to reverse the diabetes epidemic [in the Empire State] by improving clinical care, sustaining a comprehensive and coordinated care system, and promoting prevention.” The GrantWatch Profile in the January 2012 issue of Health Affairs, titled “New York State Health Foundation’s Diabetes Campaign Is Influencing […]

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