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New in the Journal: Funders’ Support for Palliative and End-of-Life Care

February 12th, 2015

My February 2015 GrantWatch column (free access) focuses on examples of what philanthropic foundations around the country are funding in palliative and end-of-life care. GrantWatch is Health Affairs journal’s section on health philanthropy. I try to delineate for readers what is the difference between the terms “hospice” and “palliative care,” which people sometimes confuse. I […]

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

December 23rd, 2014

For your holiday reading, here is a potpourri of foundation blog posts that caught my eye. Global Health “A Major Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria,” by Alan Magill of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its Impatient Optimists blog, December 10. The World Health Organization recently announced significant reductions since 2000 in the […]

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Palliative Care: Foundation Gives National Award Today to Ten Health Professionals

October 2nd, 2014

“Palliative care—this is one of the ways we can start to untangle the mess we’ve made of our health care system.” Ellen, whose mother and father died ten months apart, both having received palliative care. Time and time again, we hear similar sentiments from patients and their families. When palliative care is a part of […]

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A Health Foundation Honors Leaders in Palliative Care

November 21st, 2013

At Cambia Health Foundation we are committed to improving access to high-quality palliative care across our Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah community. Through our signature Sojourns program, we support organizations and individuals that share our commitment to advancing patient-centered, effective palliative care that improves quality of life by addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional, cultural, and […]

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On National Healthcare Decisions Day: Foundation Reflections on Efforts to Promote End-Of-Life Planning

April 16th, 2013

Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, authors Kate O’Malley of the California HealthCare Foundation and Nancy Zweibel of the Retirement Research Foundation, discuss how foundation efforts have contributed to the adoption and expansion of a standard paradigm for end-of-life planning. Many people assume that their family members know the kind of care they would want […]

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Money & Medicine: Lessons for Fixing the Fiscal Cliff?

December 20th, 2012

The author previously led national quality and patient safety initiatives at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including its twelve-year program to bring palliative care into the nation’s hospitals. She is the principal author of The Treatment Trap, The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama’s Reform Means for America’s Future, and the forthcoming book, Medicare Meltdown […]

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Profiles of the Ten Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awardees

November 26th, 2012

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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Foundation Convenes Statewide Conference on End-of-Life Care

May 4th, 2012

GrantWatch Blog asked the author, a staffer at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, in Pittsburgh, to report on a conference that the funder and the Coalition for Quality at End of Life convened this spring. Readmissions Reduction. Health Information Technology. Patient-Centered Medical Home. Cost Effectiveness. Best Practice. Provider Education. Workforce Training. Care Transitions. Public-Private Partnerships. Policy […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during July 2011

August 8th, 2011

In reverse order, number three in the rankings was on Medicaid, and number two was on health reform (certainly not surprising). Number one (the most-read post during the month) was a round-up of posts from other foundation-related blogs. In case you missed the Health Affairs GrantWatch Tweet and/or e-alert when they were sent out, the […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, End-of-Life Care, & more

June 23rd, 2011

I have put together a listing here of some foundation-related blog posts that you may want to check out. Now that summer has arrived, perhaps things are slowing down in your workplace, and you now have time for some professional reading! Links to a wide variety of posts follow. Incidentally, if you work for a […]

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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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One Foundation’s Path to Expanding Palliative Care in California’s Public Hospitals

March 30th, 2011

Read about the California HealthCare Foundation’s effort to be a catalyst for change in this area. While access to palliative care has been steadily increasing in hospital settings over the past decade, a survey published in 2007 on the availability of palliative care in California and funded by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), found that […]

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Patient-Centered Care: A Grantmaker Relates An “Eye-Opening” Personal Experience

January 18th, 2011

Today I want to tell you about a blog post published recently on the John A. Hartford Foundation’s health AGEnda blog. Its focus is patient-centered care. This post does not contain theoretical or hypothetical musings about that topic, and it is not a dry recitation of facts. Instead, the information presented here is very real, […]

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A Foundation in Pittsburgh Encourages Frank Talk about End-of-Life Care

December 1st, 2010

End-of-life care presents emotional, physical, and financial burdens for patients and their loved ones. At the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), in Pittsburgh, we have become somewhat fixated on the fact that the health care system too often fails families and patients at end of life. Unfortunately, failure is what most people expect. But JHF end-of-life […]

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Health Reform at the Retail Level: Community by Community, State by State

August 19th, 2010

Our discussions at the recent health funders’ retreat at Brandeis University drove home an important point. The Affordable Care Act is a lot more than a series of provisions to assure access to health care coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. The new health reform law creates opportunities to develop fundamental and complementary payment and […]

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The Relief of Suffering from Serious Illness: How Foundations Can Lessen the Pain

August 6th, 2010

The high cost of end-of-life care in the United States has been a source of hand-wringing among health economists and policy wonks for decades. (See “End-of-Life Savings: A ‘Fool’s Gold’ of Reform” on the Health Affairs Blog.) Nonetheless, a wise man once said, “Every problem has a solution.” This problem has a solution, too, and grantmakers […]

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New Paper: A Foundation’s Fight to Slow The Rate of State Health Spending

July 7th, 2010

A new GrantWatch paper, “A Philanthropy Tackles Growth in Health Costs at the State Level” was released today as part of the July 2010 issue of Health Affairs. Authors David Sandman, senior vice president of the New York State Health (NYSHealth) Foundation, and Anthony Kovner, a professor of public health and health management at the […]

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