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Nominee for HHS Secretary Has Had High-Level Jobs at Two Foundations


April 15th, 2014

On Friday, following President Obama’s announcement of health and human services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation, he nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her replacement. Now director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the Obama administration, Burwell is no stranger to philanthropy as the New York Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy […]

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Foundation Develops Informative Cartoon to Explain Obamacare and Revamps Website


August 5th, 2013

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released another YouToons animated video, as it did back in 2010. This time, the Kaiser Family Foundation aims to help Americans understand the changes coming their way next year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when certain of its provisions kick in. Called “The YouToons Get Ready for […]

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Report from Austin: What Effects Would the ACA Have on Texas?


March 20th, 2013

The author is associate director and senior health policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, in Austin, Texas. On March 8, while a Texas House committee held our state’s first Medicaid expansion hearing, the Center for Public Policy Priorities hosted a legislative briefing with invited presentations by researchers from Rice University and George […]

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Why This Foundation Believes in the Importance of Core Operating Support for Grantees


March 6th, 2013

The author works for a large foundation that seeks “to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention,” according to the foundation’s mission. She discusses a type of grant that many grant seekers would be pleased to receive. As director of evaluation and organizational learning at […]

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Weight Watchers, Mayors Support Healthy Lifestyles in Low-Income Communities


February 19th, 2013

The author, the CEO of Weight Watchers International, describes a new initiative that the company launched with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cities can apply now (please see below). Cities today face huge health challenges. For residents, cities are the guardians of public health. For municipal employees, cities serve as health care providers. In both cases, mayors […]

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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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Why We Are Surveying Older People about Their Experiences with the Health Care System


December 27th, 2012

The author is program director of the John A. Hartford Foundation, a national funder based in New York City. He is editor and contributor for its blog, Health AGEnda. For more than twenty years, the John A. Hartford Foundation has worked to improve the health of older Americans. And over that time, institutionally, we have […]

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Foundations Focusing on Oil and Gas Fracking and Its Effects on Health


November 1st, 2012

This post is partially adapted from an October 1, 2012, post on the Health and Environmental Funders Network’s blog, Giving InSight. Public health concerns are a major part of escalating philanthropic attention to oil and gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” explained below.  In just fourteen months, more than forty foundations have joined a […]

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Helping Nursing Homes Prepare for Disasters; Hilton Foundation’s Lessons Learned in Disaster Grant Making


October 29th, 2012

As I sit here waiting for the worst of what we are to get from Hurricane Sandy to hit the Washington, D.C., area, I wanted to remind readers of a September 2010 GrantWatch article on nursing homes and disasters, such as hurricanes. In case you missed this article, following is some information about it. I also […]

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Health Care Costs, Upcoming Supreme Court Decision, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


June 13th, 2012

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic scan of foundation blogs to see what the funders are talking about and following. Other topics highlighted below are cancer prevention, games used for health education, health professions education, nonprofit hospitals, and smoking. Games for Health “Gaming the Field,” Ben Sawyer (cofounder of DigitalMill and the Games for Health […]

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Realizing the Promise of Spring: Foundations Should Consider Changing How They Do Business


April 16th, 2012

The author, now a consultant to foundations and nonprofits, has held several positions in philanthropy, including executive vice president of a large California health foundation. Spring is the season for the denizens of philanthropic foundations to gather at their traditional watering holes to meet and greet and share stories with one another. Last month, Grantmakers In […]

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Chronic Diseases, Global Health, Health Insurance, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


March 7th, 2012

Here are some blog posts that caught my eye this week, as I sifted through foundation blogs I follow. The descriptions are brief—just to give you a flavor of what the post is about.  This is a short week in the office for me, as I head over to nearby Baltimore for the Grantmakers In […]

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Philanthropy People Post: Foundation Folks on the Move


February 10th, 2012

Read about some comings and goings at foundations and an appointment to the Institute of Medicine. Ned Calonge, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Colorado Trust, was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in October. A physician, Calonge is a former medical director for the state of Colorado and is on the […]

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Round-up of Foundation Blog Posts: Neglected Diseases, Health Reform, Wellness, and More


February 2nd, 2012

Every few weeks I do a round-up highlighting a few recent posts from foundation blogs that have caught my eye. Topics this time are global health (specifically, neglected tropical diseases), health reform, wellness, and lessons learned by a seasoned funder. Global Health/Neglected Tropical Diseases “Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases,” by Julie Jacobson, on the Bill and […]

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Philanthropy Blogs Round-Up: Cancer, Global Health, Health Reform


November 4th, 2011

It is time for another round-up of interesting content that I spotted when scrolling through some of the blogs established by foundations and others that follow philanthropy. Another topic in today’s potpourri is “Philanthropy Insights.” I recently found out that the Maine Health Access Foundation has started a blog! So, the GrantWatch Blogroll is still […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during September 2011


October 12th, 2011

It’s time to let you know of the most-read GrantWatch Blog posts during September—in case you missed them when they first came out. (1) “Philanthropy People Post: Who Is Working Where, Who Has Been Appointed to a Board,” by Health Affairs Senior Editor/GrantWatch, Lee-Lee Prina (September 8). Periodically, I write a blog post focused on people. […]

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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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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, End-of-Life Care, & more


June 23rd, 2011

I have put together a listing here of some foundation-related blog posts that you may want to check out. Now that summer has arrived, perhaps things are slowing down in your workplace, and you now have time for some professional reading! Links to a wide variety of posts follow. Incidentally, if you work for a […]

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New Article: What Foundations Are Funding in Environmental Health


May 12th, 2011

“Philanthropy at the Intersection of Health and the Environment,” by Karla Fortunato and Kathy Sessions of the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), was released earlier this month in the May issue of Health Affairs, a thematic issue on “environmental challenges for health.” The Kresge Foundation provided funding for the journal issue on this important […]

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Roundup of Recent Blog Posts: Environmental Health, Medicaid, Global Health, & More


April 14th, 2011

I have rounded up a list of recent posts from health philanthropy blogs and philanthropy-in-general blogs that caught my eye. For more blog reading, see GrantWatch Blog’s Blogroll (look to the right!). Environmental Health “Good Health Should Begin at Home, so Why Is Housing Making Kids Sick?” (Apr. 10). Ben Starrett tells us that “generations of chronic disinvestment in […]

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