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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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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Medicaid, ACA, TB, Environmental Health, Infection Control, and More


April 7th, 2014

“Colorado Joins States Making Continuous Care for Kids a Priority,” Cody Belzley of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, March 12, on the Colorado Trust’s CommunityConnections blog. In this post, Belzley describes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) approval of Colorado’s decision to give children on Medicaid “continuous eligibility” for twelve months regardless of any […]

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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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If You Partner, They Might Just Come: One Foundation’s Effort to Disseminate Data on Quality of Care


March 13th, 2014

In an ever-crowded media and Internet landscape, where the average attention span is short (and sadly getting shorter every year), how do you get consumers to pay attention? That’s a dilemma every organization faces, from Nike or Jet Blue to Save the Children. In the past, many of us in the foundation world assumed that […]

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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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A World of Darkness: What If Thomas Edison Had to Write Grant Proposals to Invent the Light Bulb?


February 18th, 2014

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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New in the Journal: A Foundation’s Support for Telehealth Improves Access in Rural and Frontier Areas


February 5th, 2014

The GrantWatch article in the just-released February issue of Health Affairs goes right along with the issue’s theme “Early Evidence, Future Promise of Connected Health.” Written by two members of the program staff at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, this fascinating article describes the foundation’s funding of telehealth projects to improve access to […]

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Foundations Supporting Stewardship of Health Care Resources Through Medical Education and Training


January 22nd, 2014

With rising health care costs, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and increasing concern about the effects of unnecessary medical care, there has been more interest in the role of physicians in stewardship of health care resources. However, a major barrier to engaging physicians as stewards of resources is the lack of education and […]

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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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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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New in the Journal: Emergency Care: What Have Foundations Recently Supported?


December 5th, 2013

The theme of the December issue of Health Affairs is “The Future of Emergency Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities.” Among the issue’s several funders is the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation. Our GrantWatch section on health philanthropy goes along with the issue’s theme by providing a selected sampling of what foundations have been supporting in the area […]

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The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org: Building a Platform for Health System Improvement


October 9th, 2013

Development of The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org—a free tool with which to benchmark hospital performance on measures of quality and safety, outcomes, and costs—began with a question. We asked: if the U.S. health care system is not the “best in the world,” as has been amply demonstrated, what will it take to get us there?  Late […]

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


September 26th, 2013

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

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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Foundation Blogs Round-Up: Medicare, Environmental Health, Patient-Centered Care, and More


May 15th, 2013

Here are some recent foundation blog posts that caught my eye. The subjects are varied, so there is something for everybody to read! Environmental Health; Disaster Planning On April 29 Lauren Linville, a communications associate with the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), wrote on its Giving Insight blog about lessons learned during Hurricane Sandy. In “Six […]

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Skillful Convening: A Powerful Tool for Health System Redesign


April 18th, 2013

The author is president and CEO of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, a national health philanthropy located in Morristown, New Jersey. In 2007 the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation set out to understand why changes that we know need to take place in the health system don’t regularly happen and what can be done to remedy […]

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On National Healthcare Decisions Day: Foundation Reflections on Efforts to Promote End-Of-Life Planning


April 16th, 2013

Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, authors Kate O’Malley of the California HealthCare Foundation and Nancy Zweibel of the Retirement Research Foundation, discuss how foundation efforts have contributed to the adoption and expansion of a standard paradigm for end-of-life planning. Many people assume that their family members know the kind of care they would want […]

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Addressing the Root Causes of Health Problems: Rebecca Onie of Health Leads


March 22nd, 2013

I recently returned from covering the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting in San Francisco, where Rebecca Onie was among the keynote speakers. She was a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader award winner and received a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2009. Health Leads, a Boston-based […]

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The Two Sides of the Hospital Readmissions Coin


March 4th, 2013

Anne Weiss is a senior program officer who directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Quality/Equality Health Care team. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released a new report and convened leading policy makers and other influencers for an important discussion on one of the biggest problems facing our health care system: avoidable hospital readmissions. […]

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Profiles of the Ten Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awardees


November 26th, 2012

This post, by my colleague Chris Fleming, originally appeared on Health Affairs Blog, which is GrantWatch Blog’s “big sister” blog here at the journal. On November 21, Health Affairs released a series of Web First articles profiling the winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Young Leaders Awards, which were announced this Fall on […]

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