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The Gates Foundation Makes a “Big Bet for the Future” of Health and Development in Low-Income Countries


March 2nd, 2015

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, who cochair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sent out a novel Annual Letter for 2015 that lays out an optimistic scenario for significant and rapid improvements in global health and development over the next fifteen years. The Gates Foundation Annual Letter typically offers a reflection on the foundation’s successes […]

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Supporting Efforts to Advance Adult Dental Coverage and Access in Medicaid


February 26th, 2015

While comprehensive dental coverage is a required benefit for children served by Medicaid, the same is not true for adults. Dental benefits are optional for adults enrolled in Medicaid, and dental coverage is often among the first programs to be trimmed in tight fiscal times—most recently, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) made such a proposal. […]

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Health System Lessons from Grantmakers In Health’s Trip to Cuba


February 24th, 2015

This post is adapted from an article originally published in the February 16 issue of GIH (Grantmakers In Health’s) Bulletin. This January, some members of Grantmakers In Health’s (GIH’s) board and senior staff visited Havana, Cuba, with MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba), an organization licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to conduct […]

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People Post: News of Staffers at Foundations around the United States. Job Openings


February 6th, 2015

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, vice president of communications at the California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), will retire from the foundation in February. Her last day is February 6. She has been with Cal Wellness since 1996. She plans to spend more time with her son and to continue “her leadership in autism advocacy,” according to an […]

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Foundations Look at Electronic Cigarettes


January 26th, 2015

On January 22, the New England Journal of Medicine published a letter titled “Hidden Formaldehyde in E-Cigarette Aerosols.” It reports on a chemical analysis of vapor from e-cigarettes “that shows high levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen,” the journal says on its website. “The authors project that the associated incremental lifetime risk of cancer could […]

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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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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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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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Oral Health: How a Foundation in New York State Is Working to Prevent Cavities in Young Children


November 5th, 2014

Early Childhood Caries—tooth decay among children under age six—is a disease process that can cause pain that affects a child’s ability to eat, speak, and learn at a time when he or she should be developing and thriving. Almost half of all children develop this decay before they reach kindergarten, with the greatest burden occurring […]

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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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Foundation-Sponsored Policy Forum Explores Four Dimensions of Health System Change: Workforce, IT, Payment, and Quality Measurement


October 8th, 2014

Each year, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky convenes a health policy forum to explore ways that policy change can support innovations to improve population health and quality of care and to decrease care costs. On September 15 the 2014 Howard L. Bost Health Policy Forum, titled “Doing Care Differently: Journey to a Healthier Kentucky,” […]

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National Obesity Rates Remain High: New Report


September 29th, 2014

Just in time for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released their eleventh annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014 (formerly known as the F as in Fat report). The 2014 report was also supported by a […]

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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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Report from the Colorado Health Symposium: “Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice”


August 6th, 2014

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Colorado Health Foundation’s 2014 Colorado Health Symposium, which had the title Health Transformed: The Power of Engagement. The lively event—the thirty-third in an annual program series—drew 500 public health professionals, physicians, policy makers, and others from around the state and the country to Keystone, […]

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Alcohol and Drug Prevention: A New Initiative to Keep Youth on a Healthy Path


July 28th, 2014

Across the country, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents. We read about their deaths daily in the news—lives young and old snuffed out. Young people are at high risk because of their impulsive behavior. And when we look at the broader pattern of misuse of alcohol and drugs, we learn that […]

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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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