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Report from the Colorado Health Symposium: “Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice”


August 6th, 2014

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Colorado Health Foundation’s 2014 Colorado Health Symposium, which had the title Health Transformed: The Power of Engagement. The lively event—the thirty-third in an annual program series—drew 500 public health professionals, physicians, policy makers, and others from around the state and the country to Keystone, […]

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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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New in the Journal: A Foundation’s Support for Telehealth Improves Access in Rural and Frontier Areas


February 5th, 2014

The GrantWatch article in the just-released February issue of Health Affairs goes right along with the issue’s theme “Early Evidence, Future Promise of Connected Health.” Written by two members of the program staff at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, this fascinating article describes the foundation’s funding of telehealth projects to improve access to […]

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What Foundations Have Been Funding in Rural Health, Medicaid, Are Subjects of Two Recent GrantWatch Columns


September 12th, 2013

Yesterday I saw an Associated Press (AP) article titled “Newly Insured to Deepen Primary Care Doctor Gap.” (link below) The AP reported that in some regions of the United States, the primary care physician shortage “is expected to worsen.” For example, in some parts of rural Nevada, patients often wait seven to ten days to […]

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


July 8th, 2013

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

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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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board News; IOM Lienhard Award to Berwick


November 21st, 2012

It’s a short holiday week. So, for some light reading, read this “people post.” You likely will recognize some of the names mentioned. Happy Thanksgiving! For more personnel news, watch for my January GrantWatch column (free access) in Health Affairs. In October 2012, Don Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, received […]

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Foundation-Funded Research to Help States with Health Reform


July 19th, 2012

This week, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced nine research grants, the results of which should help states implement various provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Commonwealth Fund released an issue brief on progress toward getting health insurance exchanges up and running in three states. And the Empire […]

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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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Post on the RWJF’s Use of Social Media Leads GrantWatch Blog’s 2011 Most-Read List.


January 10th, 2012

We compiled a list of the most-read posts during 2011, in case you missed any of these. The most-read GrantWatch Blog post in 2011 was on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s skill at using social media to communicate with those who follow its activities. And that is not surprising, because of the large population that […]

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Foundation Efforts to Meet the Demand for Primary Care


December 22nd, 2011

Foundations are funding efforts to inform policy makers and others about the status of primary care, to expand access to primary care, and more. The latest issue of Health Affairs contains a sampling of what philanthropy is doing. In case you missed it, read “Foundation Efforts to Meet Demand for Primary Care,” the GrantWatch column […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during October 2011


November 16th, 2011

Check these out in case you missed them when they first came out on GrantWatch Blog. 1. “Rural Health: Report from the Kentucky Health Policy Forum,” by Susan Zepeda and Amy Watts (September 23). Once again, this post by two staffers at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville, made the most-read list. This […]

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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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Rural Health: Report from the Kentucky Health Policy Forum


September 23rd, 2011

GrantWatch Blog invited staff from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which is based in Louisville, to report on the forum, which was held earlier this month; the foundation sponsored the event. The authors begin with some background. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has invested five years of funding and technical assistance in efforts to expand primary […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during June 2011


July 7th, 2011

Their topics are health reform, long-term care (PACE), and global health—specifically noncommunicable disease. In case you missed the Health Affairs/GrantWatch Tweet and/or e-alert when they were sent out, the list of most-read posts follows. 1. “How to Educate the Public about the ACA: Recommendations from CaliforniaSpeaks,” by Tom Campbell of AmericaSpeaks; Jesse Sostrin of Wilshire […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during May 2011


June 7th, 2011

Below we have listed the three most-read posts. Take a look in case you missed them when the original tweets and e-alerts mentioning them were sent out. 1. “Southern Foundations Discuss PACE: Comprehensive Care to Help Elderly Age in Place,” by Tina Markanda (May 6). Markanda, a program officer at the Duke Endowment, writes about […]

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Southern Foundations Discuss PACE: Comprehensive Care to Help Elderly Age in Place


May 6th, 2011

GrantWatch Blog asked Tina Markanda, a program officer at the Duke Endowment, to write about a recent webinar. The massive growth of the age sixty-five-plus population in the United States will bring new challenges and opportunities as that “silver tsunami” fast approaches. This topic—and programs to meet needs for this population—were recently discussed by a group of […]

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