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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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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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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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Upcycling: Bringing New Life to Existing Health Data

January 24th, 2014

By now, most of us are familiar with recycling. Items with reclaimable value are collected; then base materials are salvaged to create new products—often of lesser quality. Fewer people are familiar with the term upcycling, a form of recycling that involves reconceiving, and sometimes adding to, existing items with the goal of giving them a […]

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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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Fighting the Obesity Epidemic City by City

July 18th, 2013

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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People Post: Promotions, a New CEO, and New Board Members at Foundations around the Country

January 31st, 2013

It is time for another People Post with news of comings and goings at foundations. Also, watch for more people news in my GrantWatch column in the February issue of Health Affairs—it will be released next week! Roger Fine, former corporate vice president and general counsel of Johnson & Johnson, has been elected chairman of […]

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Need Money for Your Research? Try Crowdfunding!

January 7th, 2013

Crowdfunding is hot. What is it, and why should funders of health services research keep an eye on its development? Let’s start with what crowdfunding is. The term itself is a variation on “crowdsourcing,” which entails putting out a problem (often a technological one) for input from either a select audience (such as one’s peers, […]

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ACA, HIV/AIDS, Oral Health, Patient Activation, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up

December 12th, 2012

It has been a long time since I have done a round-up of posts on other philanthropy blogs that have caught my eye, so today is the day! Other topics covered below include social determinants of health (specifically, housing), “tasksharing” in global health, and charities’ use of data. I love having the opportunity to peruse the […]

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Thinking about Working in Health Philanthropy? Seeking funding? Job Openings and RFPs to Consider.

June 21st, 2012

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic listing of job openings at foundations and other grant makers around the country that have come to our attention. This time I am adding a couple of requests for proposals (RFPs) for those who have a job but are looking for grant funding. Please make sure to verify that […]

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U.S.-Based Philanthropies: Their Support and Coverage of HIV/AIDS in the United States and Abroad

December 1st, 2011

On World AIDS Day, GrantWatch Blog looks at what foundations have been saying and doing about HIV/AIDS in the past month or so. In 2011, HIV/AIDS watchers marked thirty years since the first case was reported in the United States, believe it or not! Of course, this post describes just a sampling of recent activity […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during August 2011

September 16th, 2011

The rankings are in! We have listed below the three most-read posts. Take a look in case you missed one of them when the original tweet or e-alert went out announcing it. 1. “The Colorado Health Symposium’s Debate over Repealing and Replacing the ACA,” by Grace-Marie Turner (August 3). Heading the list is a post […]

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Which Grantmakers Are Making Awards in Maternal Health? Report Examines the “Landscape.”

July 28th, 2011

This interesting and readable report is on the website of the Maternal Health Task Force, which I describe below. I thought the report was a must-read for grant-seekers in global health. Following are some highlights from the report with a few added comments of my own and some relevant links. Just a few funders are […]

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