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The RWJF’s Culture of Health Prize Awarded to Six Localities


July 17th, 2014

This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Health Affairs Blog, on June 25. Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded its 2014 Culture of Health Prize to six communities. These communities– Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, North Carolina; Durham County, North Carolina; Spokane County, Washington; Taos Pueblo, New Mexico; and Williamson, West Virginia–were selected for the work they have done to place a […]

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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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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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A Foundation Examines Tobacco Use Among Those With Serious Mental Illness


July 2nd, 2014

Tobacco use (specifically, cigarette smoking) is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Kansas (one out of every five adults there smoke cigarettes), according to an e-alert from the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF). Use is highest among residents with mental illness. Currently, one of four Kansas smokers (26 percent) has a mental illness. […]

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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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Foundation Awards Grants For Education on Genetic Diseases and Viruses and for HPV Outreach


June 25th, 2014

In April, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), located in Pittsburgh, approved two grants that caught our attention. Genetic Diseases Grant One is for the development of a community-wide education curriculum that presents the evidence about genes and viruses in a way that is scientifically informative and age-appropriate. Nina Butler, a seasoned professional educator, and Jonathan Weinkle, […]

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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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Health Care and Domestic Violence: A Prescription for Prevention


April 8th, 2014

Have you ever filled out a questionnaire at the doctor’s office that asks if you’re a smoker, how many drinks you have per week, or if there’s a history of high cholesterol in your family? Chances are good that you have. What you may not have seen is a question that asks if you feel […]

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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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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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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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Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community


January 30th, 2014

When I see people walking, jogging, or biking—no matter where I happen to be, whether it’s at home or somewhere I’ve traveled—I feel the urge to go outside and join them. Feeling that desire and having the ability to act on it is the essence of what it means to have a healthy choice be […]

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New Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health Released: Progress Made; Battle Not Won


January 28th, 2014

In 1962, my dad, newspaper reporter L. Edgar Prina (who passed away in 2013), asked President John F. Kennedy an important question: What was the president going to do about smoking in the United States? Some people now view this question as among the catalysts of the antismoking movement in this country. The Department of […]

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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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Making New York the Healthiest State: A Population Health Summit


December 12th, 2013

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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Fast Food Facts 2013: Healthy Kids’ Meal Options Increase, Yet Most Are Still Nutrient Poor


November 13th, 2013

New report also looks at fast food advertising. A new report, “Fast Food Facts 2013,” issued by the Yale Rudd Center For Food Policy and Obesity, examines the nutritional quality of fast food and how such restaurants have marketed their foods and beverages to children and teens over the past three years. The report, which […]

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