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


February 24th, 2014
 
by Frances A. Stillman and Mark Spires

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
by Jeffrey Brenner

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
by Anne Warhover

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
by Tracy Gnadinger

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
by James Knickman

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
 
by Michael Nutter and David Kirchhoff

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
by Lee-Lee Prina

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


February 19th, 2013
by David Kirchhoff

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
by Hope Leman

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
by Ramanan Laxminarayan

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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Profiles of the Ten Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awardees


November 26th, 2012
by Chris Fleming

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


November 1st, 2012
 
by Lauren Linville and Kathryn Sessions

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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Is Foundation Funding of Environmental Health the Answer to a Challenge to Prevention in the Supreme Court ACA Ruling?


August 30th, 2012
by Paul Gionfriddo

As a former state legislator and foundation CEO, I worry about how the majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius) may affect our approach to prevention programs. Funding environmental health may be the best way to go. In […]

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Training for an Army of Health Advocates: When Does Advocacy Become Lobbying?


August 16th, 2012
 
by Joan Buchar and Susan Zepeda

Two staffers at a Kentucky foundation report on a webinar held in July to address this important question. Today, grantmakers and some government agencies are encouraging public health departments and nonprofit health promotion organizations to “advocate for policy change,” but the line between permitted advocacy and prohibited lobbying is often unclear. The Centers for Disease […]

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