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People Post: News of Staffers at Foundations around the United States. Job Openings

February 6th, 2015

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, vice president of communications at the California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), will retire from the foundation in February. Her last day is February 6. She has been with Cal Wellness since 1996. She plans to spend more time with her son and to continue “her leadership in autism advocacy,” according to an […]

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Making Local Community Health a Financial Imperative in Maryland

February 4th, 2015

When former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill coined the phrase “all politics is local,” he knew that successful politicians addressed the everyday “kitchen-table” concerns of voters. Health care policy changes at the national and state levels have dramatically changed how Americans get insurance coverage and how health care is financed and delivered across the […]

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New in the Journal: Public Health in America: How Foundations Are Contributing; Other PH News

January 21st, 2015

My January 2015 GrantWatch column (free access) focuses on public health and what a variety of foundations around the country are doing to improve it. GrantWatch is Health Affairs journal’s section on health philanthropy. One section of the column is on education—with examples of foundations funding public health schools and, in one instance, professorships. The […]

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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’s Culture of Health Prize Awarded to Six Localities

July 17th, 2014

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Health Affairs Blog, on June 25. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded its 2014 Culture of Health Prize to six communities. These communities– Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, North Carolina; Durham County, North Carolina; Spokane County, Washington; Taos Pueblo, New Mexico; and Williamson, West Virginia–were selected for the work they have done to place a […]

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Making Community Health Centers “Providers of Choice”—Two Foundations in California Fund a Study of the Safety Net’s Readiness for the ACA

June 11th, 2014

Community health centers (CHCs) have long been a centerpiece of the health care safety net, providing an array of primary care services for low-income and uninsured populations. These organizations will continue to serve a critical role for the millions of people who remain uninsured after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ACA […]

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Sustainability and Growth in Funding for Drug Treatment Courts

March 11th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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