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Sustainability and Growth in Funding for Drug Treatment Courts


March 11th, 2014
by William G. Schma

Crisis in the American criminal justice system in the 1980s launched a vigorous self-examination by judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel and led to the creation of drug treatment courts (or simply “drug courts”). The criminal justice system was overwhelmed at the time by a glut of cases involving defendants whose substance use disorders led […]

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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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Making New York the Healthiest State: A Population Health Summit


December 12th, 2013
by James Knickman

In early December, the New York State Health Foundation and the New York State Department of Health cosponsored a summit focused on improving population health, with the title, “Making New York the Healthiest State: Achieving the Triple Aim.” We had hoped to convince a critical mass of health sector leaders to come together for a […]

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New Journal Content: Foundation Helps Two State Agencies to Integrate Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment


October 10th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6–12, 2013. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health advocates and others in their communities are sponsoring public education activities on mental illness around the United States this week. Here are just a few highlights from “New York State Health Foundation: Integrating Mental Health and Substance […]

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Local Health Data: From Buried Treasure to Everyday Commodity


September 5th, 2013
by Andy Krackov

The author is a senior program officer at the California HealthCare Foundation, which is based in Oakland. Harnessing meaningful information from the array of health datasets that exist shouldn’t be like digging for gold, but for many California counties, that’s what the experience resembles. That, at least, is the takeaway from interviews with county supervisors […]

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Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky: Health Policy through a Rural Lens


June 17th, 2013
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

The author is director of health policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. On May 7, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) convened the Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky health policy conference. This one-day event, held the day before the National Rural Health Association’s annual meeting in […]

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Is Foundation Funding of Environmental Health the Answer to a Challenge to Prevention in the Supreme Court ACA Ruling?


August 30th, 2012
by Paul Gionfriddo

As a former state legislator and foundation CEO, I worry about how the majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius) may affect our approach to prevention programs. Funding environmental health may be the best way to go. In […]

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Round-up of Foundation Blog Posts: Neglected Diseases, Health Reform, Wellness, and More


February 2nd, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

Every few weeks I do a round-up highlighting a few recent posts from foundation blogs that have caught my eye. Topics this time are global health (specifically, neglected tropical diseases), health reform, wellness, and lessons learned by a seasoned funder. Global Health/Neglected Tropical Diseases “Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases,” by Julie Jacobson, on the Bill and […]

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Foundations Can Drive Investments in Public Health Infrastructure


September 13th, 2011
by Paul Gionfriddo

This blogger, a former president of a foundation, writes that the value of public health infrastructure is sometimes forgotten. Investing in our public health infrastructure saves lives. That’s the bottom-line message of a recent Health Affairs article entitled Evidence Links Increases in Public Health Spending to Declines in Preventable Deaths. Its authors lay out the […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during April 2011


May 11th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

We list below the three most-read posts during the month. Take a look in case you missed one of these when the original tweet or e-alert went out. 1. “Foundation Blogs Round-up: Community Clinics, Health Reform, Health IT, & More,” by Lee-Lee Prina (March 31). First on the most-read list during April was a selected […]

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It Is National Public Health Week: A Sampling of Foundation Funding in Public Health


April 6th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

Apr. 4-10 is National Public Health Week, I found out when reading Yahoo’s health reform Twitter feed. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is spearheading the week’s activities. The week’s theme this year is “Safety Is No Accident: Live Injury-Free.” Following is a selected sampling of what some foundations are funding in public health. Do […]

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How Philanthropy Is Helping with Health Reform, Part I


September 23rd, 2010
by Lee-Lee Prina

On the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we present a selected sampling of what some foundations are doing to help out as reform is being implemented. Next week on GrantWatch Blog, watch for more about foundation efforts on health reform! Thanks much to Lauren LeRoy and her staff at […]

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