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Leadership for the Post-Health Reform Era: Two Foundations Fund Practice Change Leaders Program


July 10th, 2014

Editor’s note: The author was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Our nation’s health care delivery system frequently does not meet the unique needs of older adults. Wide gaps remain between evidence-based approaches, nationally recognized best practices, and how care is currently delivered for many conditions […]

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Watchful Waiting by Physicians on Payment Reform: Results from a Foundation-Funded Survey


July 8th, 2014

While almost 80 percent of Maine physicians surveyed agreed that the current fee-for-service system should be restructured to align payment with optimal clinical care, only 50 percent indicated they are preparing for payment reform measures, such as accountable care organizations. This was just one result of a survey of physicians on payment reform. The Maine […]

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Simple Solutions and Collaboration on a Global Health Challenge: Students Compete in 2014 Emory University Global Health Case Competition


July 1st, 2014

This blog post is adapted from an earlier post by David Barash on the 2014 Emory University Global Health Case Competition. It was published on the university’s website. Emory University and the GE Foundation have been partners in global health for years, and we recently worked together to host the 2014 Emory University Global Health […]

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How Foundations Are Helping Veterans and Military Service Members and Their Families: Some Examples


June 6th, 2014

If you have been following recent news reports, you’ve heard about the allegations that veterans have not been getting the health care that they need. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, not wanting to be a distraction, resigned on May 30, according to a statement by President Obama. Sloan D. Gibson is now acting secretary. […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings


June 3rd, 2014

Janice Bogner has retired from Interact for Health, formerly known as the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, where she was a senior program officer. She managed the Severe Mental Illness and Mental and Emotional Wellbeing portfolios. Bogner said in an e-mail that she is going “to relax and spend time with [her] husband, family, and […]

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A Vision of Health on the Space Coast of Florida: A Health Legacy Foundation Profile


May 22nd, 2014

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, scores of community hospitals have entered into agreements to sell, merge, or otherwise reconfigure their assets with larger health care systems. When such transactions entail the transfer of nonprofit health care assets, proceeds frequently endow new charitable organizations known as health legacy foundations. The January 2014 issue […]

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Medicaid Health Homes: Early Lessons From State Adopters Outlined


May 15th, 2014

In March 2014 the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) published the brief, “Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons.” With support from the New York State Health Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, the CHCS looked at best practices and implementation lessons from states that have been early adopters of health homes. […]

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New in the Journal: “Foundation Support for Mental Health” GrantWatch column


May 8th, 2014

May is Mental Health Month, according to a Mental Health America press release. So, the newest GrantWatch column serendipitously came out just at the right time! In the just-released May 2014 issue of Health Affairs, my GrantWatch column (free access) mentions examples of foundations that have been trying to improve mental health care around the […]

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Opening Up Clinicians’ Notes—The Robert Wood Johnson and Cambia Health Foundations Funding a Movement


May 5th, 2014

Today, three million patients have easy and secure access to the notes their doctors write about them, a number that will continue to grow as more health systems embrace greater transparency and patient engagement. Six years ago, this relatively untested idea was prone to skepticism. With a $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson […]

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Toxic Stress in Children and the Importance of Listening Between the Lines to What Kids Say


April 29th, 2014

A report from the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting, which was held in March in Atlanta. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, in San Francisco, was among the plenary speakers at this year’s GIH meeting. Wendy Wolf, president of the Maine Health Access Foundation, a GIH board member, […]

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Colorado Funders Take Wait-and-See Approach to Recreational Marijuana


April 21st, 2014

On April 10, the 100th day since legal sales of recreational marijuana began in Colorado, Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers told funders gathered at the mid-year meeting of Philanthropy Southwest, held in Denver, that foundations need to pay attention to the “fallout” over the legalization of marijuana as this will be a “huge issue in America over […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Medicaid, ACA, TB, Environmental Health, Infection Control, and More


April 7th, 2014

“Colorado Joins States Making Continuous Care for Kids a Priority,” Cody Belzley of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, March 12, on the Colorado Trust’s CommunityConnections blog. In this post, Belzley describes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) approval of Colorado’s decision to give children on Medicaid “continuous eligibility” for twelve months regardless of any […]

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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?


April 1st, 2014

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings


March 26th, 2014

Four new members have joined the board of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), effective March 7. Patricia Baker, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation; Patricia (“Patti”) Doykos, a director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation; Octavio Martinez, executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; and Scott Moyer, president of the Jacob and Valeria […]

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Eliminating Preventable Harm in Academic Medical Centers: The Libretto Consortium and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


March 18th, 2014

Imagine a health care system where medical harms no longer occur. Where technology is connected and systems talk to each other. Where doctors, nurses, patients, and families work as a team, and decisions about health care are shared. Imagine a health care system that is so finely tuned that it can eliminate preventable harms, cut […]

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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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Elevating the Role of the Medical Assistant


March 3rd, 2014

The Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and our Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), an operating arm of the foundation, are transforming primary care—equipping practices with the resources necessary to reduce waste and inefficiency, improve workflows, implement and meaningfully use electronic health records, and treat complex patients with both physical and behavioral health conditions. True transformation […]

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New Orleans Health Department Transformation: the Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Change


February 26th, 2014

From the tragic flooding after Hurricane Katrina emerged an opportunity to transform the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) and the local public health system. The health department transitioned from a marginal primary health care provider to a strategic public health leader facilitated by the dynamic leadership of Karen DeSalvo, health commissioner. This metamorphosis was catalyzed […]

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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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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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