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Health Care and Domestic Violence: A Prescription for Prevention


April 8th, 2014
by Bess Bendet

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
by Loren Pogir

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
by William G. Schma

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
 
by Frances A. Stillman and Mark Spires

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
by Anne Warhover

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
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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Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care


December 31st, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

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


November 13th, 2013
by Amir Al-Kourainy

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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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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MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients Include One Coordinating Care for Complex Patients; Another Confronting Chronic Illnesses in Botswana


September 26th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2013 class of fellows who are receiving “genius grants.” Twenty-four “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future,” were selected, according to a press release from this national funder, based in Chicago. […]

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What Foundations Have Been Funding in Rural Health, Medicaid, Are Subjects of Two Recent GrantWatch Columns


September 12th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Yesterday I saw an Associated Press (AP) article titled “Newly Insured to Deepen Primary Care Doctor Gap.” (link below) The AP reported that in some regions of the United States, the primary care physician shortage “is expected to worsen.” For example, in some parts of rural Nevada, patients often wait seven to ten days to […]

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


August 7th, 2013
by Whitney Gustin Connor

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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Statewide Newspaper to Investigate Human and Financial Costs of Alcohol Abuse


July 31st, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Foundations and others have come together to cofund a project up in the Last Frontier state. “A large portion of foundation, public and nonprofit assets [in Alaska] are dedicated to alleviating suffering caused by alcohol abuse,” according to a July 17 press release. This realization led to a new project from a statewide collaboration of […]

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Statewide Collaboration Aims to Create a Healthier Kansas


July 23rd, 2013
by Steve Coen

A group of foundations in Kansas finds working together valuable. As the health issues facing our nation become more complex, grantmakers will need to continually look for more innovative and strategic ways to tackle these challenges. The leading health foundations in Kansas are collaborating in an effort called Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH). From sharing […]

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Fighting the Obesity Epidemic City by City


July 18th, 2013
 
by Michael Nutter and David Kirchhoff

Michael Nutter is mayor of Philadelphia and the immediate past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. David Kirchhoff is CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc. This post follows up on a GrantWatch Blog post authored by Kirchhoff, which we published in February. When the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Weight Watchers International launched the […]

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The Health of Immigrants: What Projects Are Foundations Funding?


July 11th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

As immigration reform is hotly debated in Congress this summer, I am focusing this post on what foundations are funding related to the health of immigrants. A bit of background “When Congress passed President Obama’s health care overhaul [in 2010], a critical compromise provision was that immigrants living in the United States illegally would not […]

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