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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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Oral Health: How a Foundation in New York State Is Working to Prevent Cavities in Young Children

November 5th, 2014

Early Childhood Caries—tooth decay among children under age six—is a disease process that can cause pain that affects a child’s ability to eat, speak, and learn at a time when he or she should be developing and thriving. Almost half of all children develop this decay before they reach kindergarten, with the greatest burden occurring […]

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People Post: Foundation Board and Staff News; Job Openings

September 18th, 2014

Leah McCall Devlin has been elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) board of trustees. Now a professor in the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, she also is a consultant to RTI International, a research institute. Devlin was North Carolina’s state […]

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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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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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Statewide Collaboration Aims to Create a Healthier Kansas

July 23rd, 2013

A group of foundations in Kansas finds working together valuable. As the health issues facing our nation become more complex, grantmakers will need to continually look for more innovative and strategic ways to tackle these challenges. The leading health foundations in Kansas are collaborating in an effort called Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH). From sharing […]

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Serving Pregnant Women: An Upstream Approach to Preventing Cavities

January 16th, 2013

A foundation in Seattle that focuses on oral health has been working to go where their partners in health have long focused: on addressing the health of children before they are born. The mission of the Washington Dental Service Foundation is to prevent dental disease and improve overall health for residents of the state of […]

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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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Foundations Aim to Strengthen and Improve the Safety Net; Other Recent Journal Content

August 23rd, 2012

My GrantWatch column in the August 2012 issue contains a selected sampling of foundation funding on the topic of the health care safety net. Grants awarded include efforts to help safety-net providers, as well as populations who turn to the safety net for their health care. The column is but a small part of the […]

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Foundation Funding to Eliminate Food Deserts and to Improve Oral Health

May 15th, 2012

The May GrantWatch column in Health Affairs focuses on efforts of foundations around the United States to address the problems of ‘food deserts’—low-income communities where there are limited locations for residents to buy reasonably priced fresh fruits and vegetables. The topic of food deserts can be controversial in some quarters: Did you see the recent […]

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Holiday Potpourri: Foundation Blog Posts on Health Reform, Use of HIT by Safety-Net Providers, and More

December 28th, 2011

In combing through a number of foundation blogs that I follow (as time permits), I found these recent posts, which you may find relevant to your work. The topics covered by these writings range from oral health to the Gates Foundation’s interactions with grantees and on topics from mental health to HIV/AIDS prevention. Bloggers include […]

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Grantmakers In Health Briefing on the Safety Net: Highlights from Presenters Ku and Siegel

November 10th, 2011

Grantmakers In Health’s Fall Forum, held in Washington, DC, included a well-attended one-day issue dialogue on the health care safety net. Following are a few highlights from speakers’ remarks and the subsequent Q & A session. To start off the day, well-known analysts Leighton Ku of the George Washington University (GWU) and Bruce Siegel of […]

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New Health Affairs Issue Includes Article on Oral Health Care of Children

November 9th, 2011

More and more foundations, it seems, are interested in oral health these days. The topic generated some buzz at a Grantmakers In Health meeting earlier this month, I noticed. The November issue of Health Affairs, just released this week, has a peer-reviewed GrantWatch paper on oral health care for children. Its abstract is free to […]

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Job Hunters: Ever Consider Working for a Foundation? Check Out These Openings.

April 21st, 2011

For those who want to change jobs or find a job, here is a selected sampling of positions that appear to be still open. Please note that I am only mentioning here a few pertinent details. I have put links to URLs for fuller descriptions of the positions, with all of the caveats, limitations, etc.! […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during February 2011

March 7th, 2011

Below, we list the three most-read posts of the month. Take a look in case you missed one of these when the original tweet or e-alert was sent out. 1. “Update on What Foundations Have Been Doing in Oral Health Care” (Jan. 27, 2011). Read about the efforts of a number of foundations all over […]

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Update on What Foundations Have Been Doing in Oral Health Care

January 27th, 2011

Use of fluoride is known to reduce tooth decay. Earlier this month, the federal government announced plans to lower the amount of fluoride in water because of concerns that some children were receiving too much of it. This prompted me to revisit the subject of oral health and what some foundations around the country have […]

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RWJF President Issues End-of-Year Letter: Outcomes of Grants; New Initiatives

December 21st, 2010

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), sent out a Letter to the Field on Dec. 14. The letter’s audience was RWJF grantees and partners (and for “the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health,” that encompasses a big group). Here is some of what she […]

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Health Reform, Hospital Readmissions, Nurses, Oral Health: Foundation Blog Roundup

October 21st, 2010

Here are links to other recent blog posts from and about health philanthropy that caught my eye. The topics range from health professions to health reform to hospitals. (The blogs mentioned are all listed in our Blogroll on the right side of the GrantWatch Blog page.) “A Boost to Better Care,” by Chris Langston, on […]

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What Philanthropy Is Doing to Promote Oral Health Care

May 17th, 2010

Here is a sampling of what foundations and others are doing in the important area of oral health care. Recent reports: The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children was released 23 February 2010 by the Pew Center on the States (part of the Pew Charitable Trusts). The report was funded […]

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