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


April 14th, 2014
by Marcus Escobedo

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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Elevating the Role of the Medical Assistant


March 3rd, 2014

The Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and our Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), an operating arm of the foundation, are transforming primary care—equipping practices with the resources necessary to reduce waste and inefficiency, improve workflows, implement and meaningfully use electronic health records, and treat complex patients with both physical and behavioral health conditions. True transformation […]

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New Orleans Health Department Transformation: the Role of Philanthropy in Supporting Change


February 26th, 2014
 
by Elizabeth Scheer and Jessica Riccardo

From the tragic flooding after Hurricane Katrina emerged an opportunity to transform the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) and the local public health system. The health department transitioned from a marginal primary health care provider to a strategic public health leader facilitated by the dynamic leadership of Karen DeSalvo, health commissioner. This metamorphosis was catalyzed […]

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People Post: News of Personnel Changes, Awards in the Foundation World, including Big News from the Gates Foundation


December 23rd, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

Happy Holidays to all from GrantWatch Blog! Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, has been named to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s board of directors. Passport is a “local nonprofit community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid benefits.” A certified public accountant, Carter “has a broad range of experience in all aspects of health care […]

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New in the Journal: Emergency Care: What Have Foundations Recently Supported?


December 5th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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New in the Journal: Sue Hassmiller on the RWJF’s Deep Commitment to Nursing


November 18th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

The GrantWatch section of the November 2013 issue of Health Affairs—a thematic issue on the health care workforce—goes right along with the theme. Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), wrote “The RWJF’s Investment in Nursing to Strengthen the Health of Individuals, Families, and Communities.” Throughout its more […]

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The Commonwealth Fund Has Announced A New Direction: Seeks to Expand Reach While Maintaining Influence


October 23rd, 2013
by Amir Al-Kourainy

The Commonwealth Fund recently announced a refocusing of its policy priorities. The new direction comes on the heels of David Blumenthal joining the Commonwealth Fund as the seventh president of the ninety-five-year old philanthropy. Since its founding by Anna Harkness in 1918, the foundation has had a mission to “do something for the welfare of […]

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MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients Include One Coordinating Care for Complex Patients; Another Confronting Chronic Illnesses in Botswana


September 26th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2013 class of fellows who are receiving “genius grants.” Twenty-four “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future,” were selected, according to a press release from this national funder, based in Chicago. […]

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Support across Party Lines for Expanding Services of Nurse Practitioners to Patients: One Finding of TCWF-Field Health Policy Poll


September 19th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

This post’s headline is just one result from The 2013 California Wellness Foundation-Field Health Policy Poll, a statewide poll of California registered voters released in three reports over three days in August. This is the seventh year that the foundation has been funding the survey, which has included questions on key health policy issues. Since […]

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A Workforce That Can Do More: Project ECHO at Ten Years Brings Behavioral Health Care to Underserved Areas


July 8th, 2013
by John Lumpkin

The author is a senior vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the director of its Health Care Group. He has been with the foundation for more than ten years. At a June 14 event in Washington, D.C., Bob Corcoran, the president and chairman of the GE Foundation, observed that our health care […]

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Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky: Health Policy through a Rural Lens


June 17th, 2013
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

The author is director of health policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. On May 7, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) convened the Doing Care Differently in Rural Kentucky health policy conference. This one-day event, held the day before the National Rural Health Association’s annual meeting in […]

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San Francisco Safety-Net Clinics Strive to Share the Care


April 9th, 2013
by Matthew Ingram

GrantWatch Blog invited Matthew Ingram of the Metta Fund, a health foundation that awards grants in San Francisco, to talk about a new program it is funding. Most of us can remember a coach who affected us profoundly at some point in our lives, and to whom we owe the credit for making suggestions that, […]

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


March 20th, 2013
by Anne Dunkelberg

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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New in the Journal: Patient Engagement, Patient Safety, and Quality of Care: What Foundations Are Funding


February 7th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

My GrantWatch column in the newly released February 2013 issue of Health Affairs focuses on what foundations around the country have been funding in these areas. Of course, the column includes only a sampling of foundation-funded activities. The column is free access to all. Health philanthropy has been exploring patient engagement in its grant making […]

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Reconsidering Primary Care: A View from a Foundation President


January 30th, 2013
by Peter Long

The author is the president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, a statewide funder located in San Francisco. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act , there has been a persistent, urgent call to produce more primary care physicians. With many provisions of the health reform law to be implemented less […]

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New in the Journal: Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce


January 18th, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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Report from the Field on a Kentucky Policy Forum on Integrating Medical and Behavioral Care


October 4th, 2012
by M. Gabriela Alcalde

GrantWatch Blog invited the author, who recently joined the staff of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, to report on its recent Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, which was held in Lexington. On September 17, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its tenth annual health policy forum in Lexington, Kentucky. (The forum was named […]

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People Post: Comings and Goings and Job Openings in Philanthropy


July 12th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

Check out news of recent hires at foundations and elections to foundation boards. I have also included a few job openings in health philanthropy. Russ Gould, a partner in California Strategies, LLC, a public affairs firm based in Sacramento, has been elected to the board of the California Endowment. Gould is a past chair of the UC […]

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Safety-Net Clinics Try Out the Patient-Centered Medical Home Concept: Lessons from Kansas City


April 10th, 2012
by Brenda Sharpe

The president and CEO of a Midwest health foundation relates what she and colleagues have learned thus far from its initiative. Five years ago, the REACH Healthcare Foundation hosted a day-long forum in Kansas City, Missouri, for local safety-net health care providers on a concept that was then relatively new to us and to many […]

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Diabetes Campaign in New York State Is Influencing Practices to Improve Care


January 18th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

Read about the New York State Health Foundation’s “five-year, $35 million campaign to reverse the diabetes epidemic [in the Empire State] by improving clinical care, sustaining a comprehensive and coordinated care system, and promoting prevention.” The GrantWatch Profile in the January 2012 issue of Health Affairs, titled “New York State Health Foundation’s Diabetes Campaign Is Influencing […]

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