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New in the Journal: Public Health in America: How Foundations Are Contributing; Other PH News


January 21st, 2015

My January 2015 GrantWatch column (free access) focuses on public health and what a variety of foundations around the country are doing to improve it. GrantWatch is Health Affairs journal’s section on health philanthropy. One section of the column is on education—with examples of foundations funding public health schools and, in one instance, professorships. The […]

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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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David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retiring This Week


December 31st, 2014

David C. Colby, long-time staffer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is retiring at the end of 2014, according to an e-mail he sent out to colleagues. He reminisced about what he had been working on over a nearly seventeen-year run at the large and well-known health foundation. This includes guiding the RWJF’s health […]

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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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Improving the Accuracy of Wikipedia’s Medical Information


December 9th, 2014

Editor’s Note: On December 11, because of an editing error, a sentence in the ninth paragraph of this post was corrected to make clear that the $176,670 grant to Consumers Union was awarded by the New York State Health Foundation, not the ABIM Foundation. Every day, at every hour, billions of people go online for […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff Member News


December 4th, 2014

Ginny Ehrlich joined the staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in July 2014 as director and senior program officer of its Childhood Obesity team. Most recently, she was founding CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which is part of the Clinton Foundation and is “focused on reducing preventable deaths and closing health […]

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Can Philanthropy Tackle Congressional Dysfunction? Grantmakers In Health Wanted to Know


November 25th, 2014

On November 6, Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, spoke at the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Fall Forum. He is a chief architect of Hewlett’s nascent Madison Initiative, which aspires to help restore room in Congress for the kind of negotiation and compromise that is necessary for […]

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Funding Social and Economic Interventions to Improve Health: Health Legacy Foundation Strategies


November 24th, 2014

Nearly $1 billion in grant funding is awarded each year by health legacy foundations (which some call “conversion foundations”). These foundations are formed with proceeds from mergers and acquisitions of nonprofit health care entities and currently operate in forty-three states across the country. At least 306 of these foundations have been established over the past […]

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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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What Is Philanthropy Doing about Ebola?


October 30th, 2014

As the fight against Ebola continues in West Africa, foundations and others are stepping up to provide support. There are too many for GrantWatch Blog to provide a comprehensive list, but here are a few examples. In an August 25 press release, the CDC Foundation, in Atlanta, announced a $1 million grant to its Global […]

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A Postcard from California: Cal Wellness Foundation President on the ACA and the Foundation’s New Grants Program


October 29th, 2014

A few short months after I took the helm as The California Wellness Foundation’s president and CEO, the results of our eighth annual Cal Wellness/Field Health Policy Survey were released. I dug into the results to get a view of what Californians are thinking and feeling about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) implementation in our […]

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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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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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New in the Journal: Public Opinion Polling on Health: What Two Foundations Learned


September 23rd, 2014

The September 2014 issue of Health Affairs contains a peer-reviewed GrantWatch article about the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), which is sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health (formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati). In “For Two Regional Health Foundations, Returns from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll Are Worth […]

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People Post: Foundation Board and Staff News; Job Openings


September 18th, 2014

Leah McCall Devlin has been elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) board of trustees. Now a professor in the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, she also is a consultant to RTI International, a research institute. Devlin was North Carolina’s state […]

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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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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Creating Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health


September 11th, 2014

For most of my career, I’ve worked on health care issues that were deeply entwined in policy discussions of the day. At the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Physician Payment Review Commission, I had a hand in the resource-based relative value fee schedule and the much-debated sustainable growth rate system. At the Robert Wood […]

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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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