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Health System Lessons from Grantmakers In Health’s Trip to Cuba


February 24th, 2015

This post is adapted from an article originally published in the February 16 issue of GIH (Grantmakers In Health’s) Bulletin. This January, some members of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH’s) board and senior staff visited Havana, Cuba, with MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), an organization licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to conduct […]

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What Funders Can Do to Advance Payment Reform


February 17th, 2015

The movement to transform how we pay health care providers has taken a dramatic turn in the past several years as more and more purchasers, providers, and other stakeholders seek financial incentives to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care and enhance population health. While most purchasers and health care organizations are still paying providers on a fee-for-service […]

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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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During the Affordable Care Act’s Second Open Enrollment Period, Foundations Reach Out


January 30th, 2015

With the current tax-filing season upon us now and the need for people to learn about reporting their compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate, it is good to see what foundations are doing to educate people about the law, or what some call Obamacare, in general. Here are a few examples of […]

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The Next Frontier in Self-Management for Chronic Illness: Pediatrics


January 14th, 2015

It is well established that patients with chronic conditions account for the majority of health care costs in the United States; this is true for children as well as adults. One successful approach to reducing those costs is enhancing patients’ or their caregivers’ self-management skills, a practice that is widely accepted in the care of […]

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GrantWatch Blog Most-Read List for 2014: Post on the Importance of Zip Code in Determining One’s Health Leads the Way


January 9th, 2015

Happy New Year! We have compiled a list of the ten most-read posts on GrantWatch Blog during 2014, in case you missed any of them. “Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community” (January 30, 2014). This post by Anne Warhover, former president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, was […]

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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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New in the Journal: A System of Care for Children in Underserved Atlanta Neighborhoods


December 18th, 2014

The GrantWatch section of Health Affairs’ December 2014 thematic issue on children’s health contains “Healthy Beginnings: A System of Care for Children in Atlanta,” by Ryan Chao of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Baltimore; Susan Bertonaschi of the foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site in Atlanta; and Julie Gazmararian of Emory University Rollins School of Public […]

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Peterson Foundation Announces $200 Million Commitment for Its New Center on Healthcare


December 11th, 2014

Gail R. Wilensky is the senior fellow at Project HOPE and a member of the Peterson Center on Healthcare’s Advisory Board. On December 4, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, created by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation with an initial commitment of $200 million, announced three major initiatives to advance its objective of transforming health care […]

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Game Changers: Philanthropy’s Role in Eliminating Mental Health Disparities


November 17th, 2014

“We believe funders are game changers; we have a significant opportunity to change the health care landscape,” said Rick Ybarra, program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, located in Austin, Texas. Ybarra, together with Octavio Martinez, executive director of the Hogg Foundation, and Enrique Mata, senior program officer for Paso del Norte Health […]

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Supporting Returning Veterans: the Military Medic to Paramedic Program


October 14th, 2014

Among the current challenges facing our nation are the high unemployment rate of veterans returning from active duty in the Middle East and the current shortage of health care professionals. There is a significant unemployment problem for the more than two million “Gulf War-era II veterans”—servicemen and -women who have returned from deployment to Iraq […]

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Foundation-Sponsored Policy Forum Explores Four Dimensions of Health System Change: Workforce, IT, Payment, and Quality Measurement


October 8th, 2014

Each year, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky convenes a health policy forum to explore ways that policy change can support innovations to improve population health and quality of care and to decrease care costs. On September 15 the 2014 Howard L. Bost Health Policy Forum, titled “Doing Care Differently: Journey to a Healthier Kentucky,” […]

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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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Community Health Workers Attend Statewide Convening Cosponsored by a Foundation


September 30th, 2014

The health system in the United States is undergoing transformative changes at the local, state, and national levels. A significant part of this change is the estimated 20 million-plus people that have gained health coverage, many for the first time, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In Kentucky, more than 520,000 people are newly insured […]

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Cigna Foundation and Nonprofit Aim to Revitalize Distressed Neighborhood: Community Development at Work


September 15th, 2014

The story begins with the failure of the economic engine—the relocation of a factory, perhaps, or the closure of a mine. Soon, joblessness, violence, and the deterioration of housing conditions follow. The impact on individual health levels can be devastating as rates of mental illness and substance abuse increase and more people do not manage […]

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New Center for Health Information Activation Supports Empowered Patients, Receptive Physicians


September 9th, 2014

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), through its supporting organization the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), has been working at the Triple Aim (better health, better health care, and lower cost) for seventeen years. We have tried introducing Lean in hospitals, promoting patient-centered medical homes, advocating for public reporting on the quality and cost of care, […]

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New Report from the Milbank Memorial Fund: Aligning Payers and Practices to Transform Primary Care


September 4th, 2014

The Milbank Memorial Fund continues the work of helping states in their efforts to transform primary care with its release of a new report Aligning Payers and Practices to Transform Primary Care: A Report from the Multi-State Collaborative. The report is an observational study of the work of ten states that are members of the […]

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Report from the Colorado Health Symposium: Speaking Each Other’s Languages in Health Care


August 12th, 2014

When it comes to health communication, there’s a lot of emphasis on cultural sensitivity—the need for health care providers to take a patient’s race and ethnicity into account in communicating with him or her. But the challenge of communicating effectively is not limited to situations in which people come from different countries or ethnic cultures, […]

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Alcohol and Drug Prevention: A New Initiative to Keep Youth on a Healthy Path


July 28th, 2014

Across the country, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents. We read about their deaths daily in the news—lives young and old snuffed out. Young people are at high risk because of their impulsive behavior. And when we look at the broader pattern of misuse of alcohol and drugs, we learn that […]

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Health Policy Fellows Program in a Southern State Helps to Inform Legislators


July 16th, 2014

The development of a nonpartisan program to help elected officials increase knowledge and dialogue around health, health care, and health policy issues has been well received in South Carolina. To take on the mammoth task of making policy decisions about state laws, regulations, budgets, etc., legislators must study a wide range of issues such as […]

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