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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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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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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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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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California’s Low Income Health Program: A Public-Private Partnership That Worked


February 14th, 2014

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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The Rippel Foundation and the RWJF Push Frontiers for Financing and Sustaining Improvements in Health


February 13th, 2014

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that accountable care organizations (ACOs) saved Medicare nearly $400 million by more effectively coordinating care, I wondered where the money will go. How will we capture those savings and re-invest them to continue us on a path to better health and better care that is […]

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Rural Health: Report from the Kentucky Health Policy Forum


September 23rd, 2011

GrantWatch Blog invited staff from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which is based in Louisville, to report on the forum, which was held earlier this month; the foundation sponsored the event. The authors begin with some background. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has invested five years of funding and technical assistance in efforts to expand primary […]

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An Accountable Care Community in Akron, Ohio: Collaborating to Create a Healthier Future


August 23rd, 2011

Editor’s note: You’ve heard of an Accountable Care Organization, haven’t you? Now read about a new initiative—an Accountable Care Community—in this northeastern Ohio city. In response to chronic health conditions, the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA), its founding members, and numerous community organizations have joined to launch a first-of-its-kind Accountable Care Community, which will use […]

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Kaiser Permanente and UCSF Genomics Project Reaches Major Milestone Yielding Important Data


August 18th, 2011

Read about this exciting project involving more than 100,000 Kaiser Permanente health plan members. Because this is a new area for me (I mostly write about health policy and what foundations are funding in that area), I wanted to find a good definition of genomics that is easily understandable by the nonscientist: Genomics. . . […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Safety Net, Global Health, Health Reform, Children, & More


July 6th, 2011

GrantWatch Blog has been on its Fourth of July break. Below, in this post-holiday edition I’ve gathered links to several blog posts that you may want to add to your reading list. Global Health Malaria: “Saving Lives: When the Impossible Becomes Possible,” Alexandra Farnum on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Foundation Blog, June 24. In this […]

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California HealthCare Foundation Announces It Will Provide $10 Million in PRI Capital through New Fund; Proposals Sought


November 12th, 2010

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), based in Oakland, announced its Health Innovation Fund on November 8. The total amount of money alone that has been allocated for this investment fund will attract notice. And what is also interesting is that this fund allows both nonprofits and for-profit companies to apply for money. The CHCF Health Innovation Fund […]

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Stem Cell Research: How Foundations Have Weighed In


September 15th, 2010

A bill was introduced this week in the U.S. Senate to legalize the federal government’s funding of embryonic stem cell research. If passed, according to news reports, the legislation would codify President Obama’s 2009 executive order advancing such research. The Ellison Medical Foundation funded a recent report and updated guidelines about this research. Other foundations […]

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