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Alcohol and Drug Prevention: A New Initiative to Keep Youth on a Healthy Path


July 28th, 2014

Across the country, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents. We read about their deaths daily in the news—lives young and old snuffed out. Young people are at high risk because of their impulsive behavior. And when we look at the broader pattern of misuse of alcohol and drugs, we learn that […]

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Project ECHO Is Awarded $6.4 Million Grant for Diabetes and Endocrinology Care to New Mexico Underserved


July 23rd, 2014

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is already a nationally recognized model that links community-based clinicians with specialists at university medical centers to help patients in rural and underserved areas manage chronic, common, and complex conditions such as diabetes. But with a […]

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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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Foundation Awards Grants For Education on Genetic Diseases and Viruses and for HPV Outreach


June 25th, 2014

In April, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), located in Pittsburgh, approved two grants that caught our attention. Genetic Diseases Grant One is for the development of a community-wide education curriculum that presents the evidence about genes and viruses in a way that is scientifically informative and age-appropriate. Nina Butler, a seasoned professional educator, and Jonathan Weinkle, […]

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


February 26th, 2014

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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Improving Successful Project Completion: Lessons Learned from the Global Health Partnerships Program


February 24th, 2014

As part of their Global Health Partnerships program (2008-2011), Pfizer Inc., and the Pfizer Foundation supported thirty-one promising and innovative cancer and tobacco-control projects from forty-six countries from Asia to Africa. The Pfizer Foundation’s investment included the provision of tailored technical assistance provided to each grantee to support successful program implementation, build evaluation capacity, and establish […]

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A World of Darkness: What If Thomas Edison Had to Write Grant Proposals to Invent the Light Bulb?


February 18th, 2014

Editors’ Notes:  This is the first in an occasional series of posts published in partnership with Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Visit its website for other updates about the field of health philanthropy. This post by Jeffrey Brenner is also available on the GIH website. As Thomas Edison began to write his grant report he cringed. Despite trying over 2,000 different materials […]

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Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community


January 30th, 2014

When I see people walking, jogging, or biking—no matter where I happen to be, whether it’s at home or somewhere I’ve traveled—I feel the urge to go outside and join them. Feeling that desire and having the ability to act on it is the essence of what it means to have a healthy choice be […]

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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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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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New IOM Discussion Paper on Population Health: From Research to Action


December 17th, 2013

From participants in the activities of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement comes a discussion paper about how population health research can impact an “effective” movement for population health action. Funders of the roundtable include the Aetna, California HealthCare, Kresge, New York State Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations; the California […]

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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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Four Foundation Leaders Make 100 Most Influential in Healthcare List in Modern Healthcare


September 17th, 2013

Modern Healthcare magazine recently published its 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2013 list. Read about the four leaders of foundations who are on this year’s list. Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an operating foundation based in Menlo Park, California, came in at no. 32 (up from no. […]

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Statewide Newspaper to Investigate Human and Financial Costs of Alcohol Abuse


July 31st, 2013

Foundations and others have come together to cofund a project up in the Last Frontier state. “A large portion of foundation, public and nonprofit assets [in Alaska] are dedicated to alleviating suffering caused by alcohol abuse,” according to a July 17 press release. This realization led to a new project from a statewide collaboration of […]

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Fighting the Obesity Epidemic City by City


July 18th, 2013

Michael Nutter is mayor of Philadelphia and the immediate past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. David Kirchhoff is CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc. This post follows up on a GrantWatch Blog post authored by Kirchhoff, which we published in February. When the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Weight Watchers International launched the […]

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People Post: Staff and Board Comings and Goings, and Job Openings, at Foundations


June 20th, 2013

It is time for another update on changes in the world of health philanthropy, including the passing of a former CEO of a foundation. There is much news from California funders this time. Diana M. Bontá stepped down as president and CEO of the Woodland Hills-based California Wellness Foundation on June 14, according to a June […]

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


June 17th, 2013

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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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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Preserving Antibiotics and Combating Resistance to Them: A Joint Statement from 27 National Health Groups


December 5th, 2012

GrantWatch Blog invited the author, who is director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy, to write this post focused on the center’s telebriefing, which was held in November. He most recently wrote for Health Affairs in 2011 as lead author of an article on India’s vaccine deficit. On November 13 the Center […]

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