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The RWJF Seeks Proposals for a New National Program: Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies


October 22nd, 2014

In its coverage work, in recent years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has prioritized grant making related to the implementation of health reform. Research we have funded in this area has focused largely on monitoring the impact of health reform on important outcomes such as coverage, access, and utilization. Many of these activities can be […]

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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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Consumer-Generated Data in a Big Data World: Report from the California HealthCare Foundation


August 20th, 2014

The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs covers a broad range of opportunities for use of Big Data in health care that will benefit individuals, the public at-large, and health care enterprises. Big Data are getting bigger every day, as people create data while simply living their lives. They check into online social networks, use […]

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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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If You Partner, They Might Just Come: One Foundation’s Effort to Disseminate Data on Quality of Care


March 13th, 2014

In an ever-crowded media and Internet landscape, where the average attention span is short (and sadly getting shorter every year), how do you get consumers to pay attention? That’s a dilemma every organization faces, from Nike or Jet Blue to Save the Children. In the past, many of us in the foundation world assumed that […]

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Improving Successful Project Completion: Lessons Learned from the Global Health Partnerships Program


February 24th, 2014

As part of their Global Health Partnerships program (2008-2011), Pfizer Inc., and the Pfizer Foundation supported thirty-one promising and innovative cancer and tobacco-control projects from forty-six countries from Asia to Africa. The Pfizer Foundation’s investment included the provision of tailored technical assistance provided to each grantee to support successful program implementation, build evaluation capacity, and establish […]

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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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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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Physically Fit Students Do Better on Academic Test Scores, Says Study Funded by a Kansas Foundation


February 6th, 2014

On January 30, two Kansas state agencies released study results indicating that “on average, students who are physically fit score above standard on Kansas state assessments in reading and math,” according to a press release. And there’s more good news from the study: physically active kids in the Sunflower State also miss fewer days of […]

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Upcycling: Bringing New Life to Existing Health Data


January 24th, 2014

By now, most of us are familiar with recycling. Items with reclaimable value are collected; then base materials are salvaged to create new products—often of lesser quality. Fewer people are familiar with the term upcycling, a form of recycling that involves reconceiving, and sometimes adding to, existing items with the goal of giving them a […]

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GrantWatch Blog Most-Read List for 2013: Post on the Role of Government in Supporting Healthy Eating Habits Leads The Way


January 11th, 2014

Happy New Year! We compiled a list of the ten most-read posts during 2013, in case you missed any of them. Interestingly, the most-read post during 2013 was an “oldie-but-goodie” from August 2012 about a debate held at that year’s Colorado Health Symposium, sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation. GrantWatch Blog invited the foundation’s then-vice president of […]

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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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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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The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org: Building a Platform for Health System Improvement


October 9th, 2013

Development of The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org—a free tool with which to benchmark hospital performance on measures of quality and safety, outcomes, and costs—began with a question. We asked: if the U.S. health care system is not the “best in the world,” as has been amply demonstrated, what will it take to get us there?  Late […]

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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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Early Childhood Mental Health: A Colorado Collaborative Approach Tackles the Challenges


August 7th, 2013

Whitney Gustin Connor is the senior health program officer at Rose Community Foundation, in Denver. Early childhood mental health status affects the well-being of every family with young children. Estimates of the number of children suffering from serious mental health problems vary greatly depending on the study cited; national estimates range from 5 percent to […]

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People Post: Staff and Board Comings and Goings, and Job Openings, at Foundations


June 20th, 2013

It is time for another update on changes in the world of health philanthropy, including the passing of a former CEO of a foundation. There is much news from California funders this time. Diana M. Bontá stepped down as president and CEO of the Woodland Hills-based California Wellness Foundation on June 14, according to a June […]

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What about Health Disparities Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People?


September 14th, 2012

The author, director of health policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health, blogs about a recent report released by the St. Louis–based foundation. An often overlooked part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 4302 requires that the US secretary of health and human services “ensure that any federally conducted or supported health care […]

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Winning the (Information) War on Cancer


August 14th, 2012

Upon receiving the news “you have cancer,” there are many questions that run through a patient’s mind, key among them: Where can I get the best care?  Today, meaningful information to help patients answer this question is lacking.This post is based on remarks that the author made on July 12, in Los Angeles, at the […]

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Freeing the Data: A Revolution to Improve Health Care


December 15th, 2011

GrantWatch Blog invited Sandra Shewry, the California HealthCare Foundation’s director of state health policy, to report on an event held recently in Sacramento, California. Those working in state health agencies and foundations should be interested in this report.    Like a visiting football coach brought in to invigorate the local team, Todd Park, chief technology officer for […]

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