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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings


August 9th, 2014

In June, Gabriela Alcalde was promoted to vice president, policy and programs, at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville. Bess Bendet, director of the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Blue Shield Against Violence program, announced in a June 30 e-alert that she will be leaving the foundation on November 18. She plans to […]

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A Foundation Examines Tobacco Use Among Those With Serious Mental Illness


July 2nd, 2014

Tobacco use (specifically, cigarette smoking) is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Kansas (one out of every five adults there smoke cigarettes), according to an e-alert from the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF). Use is highest among residents with mental illness. Currently, one of four Kansas smokers (26 percent) has a mental illness. […]

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How Foundations Are Helping Veterans and Military Service Members and Their Families: Some Examples


June 6th, 2014

If you have been following recent news reports, you’ve heard about the allegations that veterans have not been getting the health care that they need. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, not wanting to be a distraction, resigned on May 30, according to a statement by President Obama. Sloan D. Gibson is now acting secretary. […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings


June 3rd, 2014

Janice Bogner has retired from Interact for Health, formerly known as the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, where she was a senior program officer. She managed the Severe Mental Illness and Mental and Emotional Wellbeing portfolios. Bogner said in an e-mail that she is going “to relax and spend time with [her] husband, family, and […]

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A Vision of Health on the Space Coast of Florida: A Health Legacy Foundation Profile


May 22nd, 2014

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, scores of community hospitals have entered into agreements to sell, merge, or otherwise reconfigure their assets with larger health care systems. When such transactions entail the transfer of nonprofit health care assets, proceeds frequently endow new charitable organizations known as health legacy foundations. The January 2014 issue […]

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Medicaid Health Homes: Early Lessons From State Adopters Outlined


May 15th, 2014

In March 2014 the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) published the brief, “Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons.” With support from the New York State Health Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, the CHCS looked at best practices and implementation lessons from states that have been early adopters of health homes. […]

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New in the Journal: “Foundation Support for Mental Health” GrantWatch column


May 8th, 2014

May is Mental Health Month, according to a Mental Health America press release. So, the newest GrantWatch column serendipitously came out just at the right time! In the just-released May 2014 issue of Health Affairs, my GrantWatch column (free access) mentions examples of foundations that have been trying to improve mental health care around the […]

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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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Toxic Stress in Children and the Importance of Listening Between the Lines to What Kids Say


April 29th, 2014

A report from the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting, which was held in March in Atlanta. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, in San Francisco, was among the plenary speakers at this year’s GIH meeting. Wendy Wolf, president of the Maine Health Access Foundation, a GIH board member, […]

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Adding Their Voices: What Older Adults Are Saying about Team Care and the Medical Home


April 14th, 2014

Foundations, government, and the health care sector are making large investments to reengineer and revitalize primary care, hoping this will improve the cost and quality of health care overall. Primary care practices that use expanded teams to deliver well-coordinated care designed around the needs of patients and families—widely known as patient-centered medical homes—have become the […]

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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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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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New Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health Released: Progress Made; Battle Not Won


January 28th, 2014

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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New Poverty and Philanthropy Report from the Urban Institute and JPB Foundation


January 8th, 2014

A new report, Addressing Deep and Persistent Poverty: A Framework for Philanthropic Planning and Investment, from the Urban Institute (funded by the JPB Foundation) looks at the history of US antipoverty policies, examines the concept of “deep poverty,” lists organizational approaches for addressing poverty in the United States, and provides foundations with recommended guidelines for […]

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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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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services


October 30th, 2013

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff Comings and Goings; Job Openings


October 17th, 2013

It’s time for another People Post. Watch for more people news in my GrantWatch column in the December issue of Health Affairs. Ann Beeson, executive director of US programs at the Open Society Foundations from 2007 to 2011, is the new executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute […]

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New Journal Content: Foundation Helps Two State Agencies to Integrate Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment


October 10th, 2013

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6–12, 2013. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health advocates and others in their communities are sponsoring public education activities on mental illness around the United States this week. Here are just a few highlights from “New York State Health Foundation: Integrating Mental Health and Substance […]

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How Do You Keep School-Age Children Healthy? Report from a Health Policy Forum


October 3rd, 2013

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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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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