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Nominee for HHS Secretary Has Had High-Level Jobs at Two Foundations


April 15th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

On Friday, following President Obama’s announcement of health and human services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation, he nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her replacement. Now director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the Obama administration, Burwell is no stranger to philanthropy as the New York Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy […]

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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
by Jeffrey Brenner

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
 
by Richard Thomason and Peter Long

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


January 11th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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David Blumenthal on ACA Dates That Matter


January 3rd, 2014
by David Blumenthal

David Blumenthal is president of the Commonwealth Fund. This is a slightly revised version of his blog post that orginally was published on December 23 on The Commonwealth Fund Blog. Confusion about Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines is rampant. That’s because there are lots of them and they keep changing. The fact is that some of […]

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New IOM Discussion Paper on Population Health: From Research to Action


December 17th, 2013
by Tracy Gnadinger

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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Making New York the Healthiest State: A Population Health Summit


December 12th, 2013
by James Knickman

In early December, the New York State Health Foundation and the New York State Department of Health cosponsored a summit focused on improving population health, with the title, “Making New York the Healthiest State: Achieving the Triple Aim.” We had hoped to convince a critical mass of health sector leaders to come together for a […]

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New in the Journal: Sue Hassmiller on the RWJF’s Deep Commitment to Nursing


November 18th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The GrantWatch section of the November 2013 issue of Health Affairs—a thematic issue on the health care workforce—goes right along with the theme. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), wrote “The RWJF’s Investment in Nursing to Strengthen the Health of Individuals, Families, and Communities.” Throughout its more […]

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Rockefeller Foundation Gives Award to Elton John; California HealthCare Foundation Project on Twitter and the ACA


November 7th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

I am blogging about two unrelated topics today that caught my eye. The Rockefeller Foundation conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on Sir Elton John on October 30. The foundation presented the well-known singer with this award “for his contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease,” according to a foundation press […]

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Foundations and Health Reform: Tidbits from the Grantmakers In Health Fall Forum


November 6th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

On October 24, I attended the annual fall meeting of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), an organization of foundations that fund in health-related areas. Held in downtown Washington, D.C., the meeting attracted foundation staffers from all over the country and good speakers. Following is a small sampling of what I heard. Readers: GIH requested that I not […]

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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services


October 30th, 2013
by Paul Gionfriddo

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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The Commonwealth Fund Has Announced A New Direction: Seeks to Expand Reach While Maintaining Influence


October 23rd, 2013
by Amir Al-Kourainy

The Commonwealth Fund recently announced a refocusing of its policy priorities. The new direction comes on the heels of David Blumenthal joining the Commonwealth Fund as the seventh president of the ninety-five-year old philanthropy. Since its founding by Anna Harkness in 1918, the foundation has had a mission to “do something for the welfare of […]

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How Do You Keep School-Age Children Healthy? Report from a Health Policy Forum


October 3rd, 2013
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

On September 16, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its eleventh annual Bost Health Policy Forum, in Erlanger, Kentucky, a small town in the northern region of the state. This year’s event, titled “Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids,” stimulated discussions about keeping today’s school-age children throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky healthy as they grow […]

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Getting the Word Out about New York State’s Health Plan Marketplace: One Foundation’s Experience


October 1st, 2013
by Katharine McLaughlin

Well-known singer Billy Joel may have written a song about being in a “New York State of Mind” years ago, but today state officials are hoping that more than one million uninsured New Yorkers will soon be in “NY State of Health,” the state’s official health plan marketplace (exchange) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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Support across Party Lines for Expanding Services of Nurse Practitioners to Patients: One Finding of TCWF-Field Health Policy Poll


September 19th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This post’s headline is just one result from The 2013 California Wellness Foundation-Field Health Policy Poll, a statewide poll of California registered voters released in three reports over three days in August. This is the seventh year that the foundation has been funding the survey, which has included questions on key health policy issues. Since […]

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What Do Consumers Need to Know about Health Reform’s Changes?


August 29th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This was the title of a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation webinar (first in a series) held on August 28. I decided I could surely learn something new about the Affordable Care Act and also could refresh my knowledge by listening to the webinar—after all, it was aimed at journalists! Following are a few tidbits […]

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


August 22nd, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Yesterday, during a quiet work week, I was catching up on my reading of various philanthropy blogs. I mention below a few posts that caught my eye. This small sampling shows the range of topics that foundations follow. One thing I noticed is that at some foundations, not much blogging is going on! That must […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Comings and Goings


August 15th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

On this beautiful, cool summer day in Washington, it is time for me to update readers once again on staff changes and board appointments at foundations that fund in health. Sheila P. Burke, who is a faculty member and a former executive dean at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, has been elected to […]

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Foundation Develops Informative Cartoon to Explain Obamacare and Revamps Website


August 5th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released another YouToons animated video, as it did back in 2010. This time, the Kaiser Family Foundation aims to help Americans understand the changes coming their way next year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when certain of its provisions kick in. Called “The YouToons Get Ready for […]

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Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky: Health Policy through a Rural Lens


June 17th, 2013
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

The author is director of health policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. On May 7, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) convened the Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky health policy conference. This one-day event, held the day before the National Rural Health Association’s annual meeting in […]

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