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Project ECHO Is Awarded $6.4 Million Grant for Diabetes and Endocrinology Care to New Mexico Underserved

July 23rd, 2014

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is already a nationally recognized model that links community-based clinicians with specialists at university medical centers to help patients in rural and underserved areas manage chronic, common, and complex conditions such as diabetes. But with a […]

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A World of Darkness: What If Thomas Edison Had to Write Grant Proposals to Invent the Light Bulb?

February 18th, 2014

Editors’ Notes:  This is the first in an occasional series of posts published in partnership with Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Visit its website for other updates about the field of health philanthropy. This post by Jeffrey Brenner is also available on the GIH website. As Thomas Edison began to write his grant report he cringed. Despite trying over 2,000 different materials […]

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Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care

December 31st, 2013

Much of the work to improve access to high-quality care and reduce costs of care will occur in the states, according to the website of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a Merck Foundation national program. So the alliance and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a webinar in November that discussed current state […]

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People Post: News of Personnel Changes, Awards in the Foundation World, including Big News from the Gates Foundation

December 23rd, 2013

Happy Holidays to all from GrantWatch Blog! Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, has been named to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s board of directors. Passport is a “local nonprofit community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid benefits.” A certified public accountant, Carter “has a broad range of experience in all aspects of health care […]

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New IOM Discussion Paper on Population Health: From Research to Action

December 17th, 2013

From participants in the activities of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement comes a discussion paper about how population health research can impact an “effective” movement for population health action. Funders of the roundtable include the Aetna, California HealthCare, Kresge, New York State Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations; the California […]

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Health Equity: What One Foundation Has Learned

December 11th, 2013

For many years, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation have worked to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities we serve through our outreach, education, and training programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Our recently released report “Leading Toward Health Equity: Lessons from the Field” describes […]

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How We Decided To Be a Health Equity Funder: The Connecticut Health Foundation’s New Strategic Direction

September 11th, 2013

The author is vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation, in Hartford. Earlier this year, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) announced a strategic shift and new five-year plan that will, incrementally, move us from being a funder with three priority areas to a funder with health equity as its central […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-Up: Health Reform, Global Health, Environmental Health, and More

August 22nd, 2013

Yesterday, during a quiet work week, I was catching up on my reading of various philanthropy blogs. I mention below a few posts that caught my eye. This small sampling shows the range of topics that foundations follow. One thing I noticed is that at some foundations, not much blogging is going on! That must […]

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October Health Affairs: Update on Foundation Funding to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Disparities

October 11th, 2012

In my GrantWatch column in the print and online versions of Health Affairs’ October issue, I update readers on what foundations have been funding in these areas. My column follows a year after a well-written, peer-reviewed GrantWatch paper by Faith Mitchell and Kathy Sessions on the same topics was published in our October 2011 issue. […]

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New Article: HIV/AIDS in African Children: Philanthropy and Baylor Response

July 10th, 2012

A new GrantWatch article, “HIV/AIDS in African Children: The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Baylor Response,” was released this week as part of the July 2012 issue of  Health Affairs. The issue has the theme “Assessing the [U.S.] President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief [PEPFAR].” The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Health and […]

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Sustaining and Extending Health Care Reform: Perspectives on the ACA from California

February 28th, 2012

GrantWatch Blog invited E. Richard Brown, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, to report some highlights from a February symposium on health reform. “Health care reform is not self-implementing,” said Peter Long, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, as he led […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Disparities, Global Health, Obesity, and More

February 17th, 2011

As my work week draws to a close, I have put together a quick listing of some foundation-related posts that I think you might want to check out. If your foundation has a blog about health care and it is not listed on GrantWatch Blog’s Blogroll, let me know about it! Disparities in Health: “Poll […]

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Update on What Foundations Have Been Doing in Oral Health Care

January 27th, 2011

Use of fluoride is known to reduce tooth decay. Earlier this month, the federal government announced plans to lower the amount of fluoride in water because of concerns that some children were receiving too much of it. This prompted me to revisit the subject of oral health and what some foundations around the country have […]

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How Philanthropy Is Helping with Health Reform, Part II

September 30th, 2010

In last week’s post, I marked the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I continue here our selected sampling of what philanthropy is doing to help with health reform. Also included today are some related resources on health reform, including a tongue-in-cheek glossary of health care terms (which […]

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Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during August 2010

September 7th, 2010

Below, we have tabulated a list of the three most-read GrantWatch Blog posts in August 2010. (GrantWatch Blog launched in March 2010.) Here is a chance to take a gander at these posts if you missed them when the original Tweet or e-alert came out. “The Relief of Suffering from Serious Illness: How Foundations Can […]

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Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during July 2010

August 9th, 2010

Below, we have tabulated for you a list of which three GrantWatch Blog posts were most read in July 2010. GrantWatch Blog, a fairly recent product of Health Affairs, launched in March 2010.  At the top of the list was a “roundup” post on foundation-funded efforts in two areas: cardiovascular health and Medicaid. The work of the AstraZeneca Health Care […]

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Roundup: Foundations’ Efforts in Mental Health Care

July 23rd, 2010, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ online news site on state policy and politics, reported on July 19, 2010, that ”as states face their biggest fiscal challenge in modern history,” state funding of mental health is declining—for the first time in more than thirty years. Meanwhile, what have foundations been doing lately in mental health? Recent report: […]

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Reducing Health Care Disparities Affecting People with Diabetes

July 17th, 2010

Diabetes has been in the news this week what with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel ruling on the diabetes drug Avandia. So, today’s post focuses on a foundation-funded program to reduce disparities in care for people who have this chronic disease. The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, which is funded by […]

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On the Philanthropy Blogs: Health Disparities, Health Reform, and More

July 8th, 2010

Here are links to some recent health-related posts on other philanthropy blogs. Health Disparities Report Shows Health Disparities between White and Minority Boys and Young Men: This June 30, 2010, post by Daniel Weintraub describes a collection of five reports funded by the California Endowment (TCE), which were released that day. The findings show that […]

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GrantWatch Blog: Focus on Foundations’ Funding in Environmental Health

April 22nd, 2010

In honor of Earth Day 2010, I thought I would mention a few foundations that have funded environmental health efforts. While I was at the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, in March 2010, I attended a session titled “Environmental Justice at a Crossroads: From Protest to Sustainability.” Unfortunately, as it was […]

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