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Now That Open Enrollment Is Over, What Can Foundations Do?


April 1st, 2014

March 31 marked the official end of the first open-enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At national and state levels, there will be judgments about the successes and failures, and hopefully, some reaping of lessons learned for the next go-round, which starts in November. Many organizations such as mine, […]

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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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Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care


December 31st, 2013

Much of the work to improve access to high-quality care and reduce costs of care will occur in the states, according to the website of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a Merck Foundation national program. So the alliance and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a webinar in November that discussed current state […]

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Health Equity: What One Foundation Has Learned


December 11th, 2013

For many years, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and its Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation have worked to better meet the needs of the individuals, families, and communities we serve through our outreach, education, and training programs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Our recently released report “Leading Toward Health Equity: Lessons from the Field” describes […]

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Communication about Health Care with Low-Income Californians: Results from a New Survey


November 1st, 2013

Low-income patients are often the most difficult to reach, given access issues, language barriers, and lack of resources. But despite the challenges, these patients are willing and eager to engage more with their providers and avail themselves of new health care delivery models and technologies to do so, according to new research released October 23. […]

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How We Decided To Be a Health Equity Funder: The Connecticut Health Foundation’s New Strategic Direction


September 11th, 2013

The author is vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation, in Hartford. Earlier this year, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) announced a strategic shift and new five-year plan that will, incrementally, move us from being a funder with three priority areas to a funder with health equity as its central […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-Up: Health Reform, Global Health, Environmental Health, and More


August 22nd, 2013

Yesterday, during a quiet work week, I was catching up on my reading of various philanthropy blogs. I mention below a few posts that caught my eye. This small sampling shows the range of topics that foundations follow. One thing I noticed is that at some foundations, not much blogging is going on! That must […]

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A Connecticut Foundation Experiments with a Different Way of Funding Health Policy Research


February 12th, 2013

The president and CEO and the vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation describe its new approach and the successes of its grantees. Foundations often employ the twin strategies of grant making and commissioning and advancing objective policy research, but rarely do the twain meet. Since its inception in 1999, 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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New in the Journal: Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce


January 18th, 2013

My GrantWatch column in the recently released January 2013 issue of Health Affairs focuses on the workforce and foundations’ efforts to strengthen it. The column provides a snapshot of what foundations around the United States are funding. A variety of funders are interested in health professions workforce topics. In my small sampling, it appears that […]

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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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People Post: News of Comings and Goings at Foundations; Philanthropy Awards Programs


October 16th, 2012

It is time to catch up on “people news” at foundations: who has a new job where, and who has been appointed to a foundation board. Also, Karen Davis and Dick Jackson were honored for their work—each by a different philanthropy. And a foundation staffer was named to the Institute of Medicine. Lucia Corral Peña has […]

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October Health Affairs: Update on Foundation Funding to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Disparities


October 11th, 2012

In my GrantWatch column in the print and online versions of Health Affairs’ October issue, I update readers on what foundations have been funding in these areas. My column follows a year after a well-written, peer-reviewed GrantWatch paper by Faith Mitchell and Kathy Sessions on the same topics was published in our October 2011 issue. […]

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The Role of Philanthropy in Changing the Geriatric Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce


October 10th, 2012

The author served on the Institute of Medicine panel that wrote a recent report on the health professions workforce that will be needed to care for older people with mental illness and substance use conditions. He is executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, in Austin, Texas. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, […]

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Philanthropy People Post: Who Is Working Where, Who Has Been Appointed to a Board


September 8th, 2011

Here is a round-up of some “people news” at foundations and public charities around the country from the past few months. I have included staff and board of trustee changes and other news. Gary Cohen has been named chair of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Foundation’s board. Cohen is executive vice president […]

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People Post: Who’s Working Where? Staff Changes at Foundations


August 11th, 2011

Read below about some comings and goings at foundations around the country. Abraham Daniels has joined the Sierra Health Foundation. He is in charge of the foundation’s new health initiative that aims to strengthen the main health care safety net in the Sacramento, California, region, according to Sierra’s newsletter. Most recently, Daniels was director of […]

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