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Making Community Health Centers “Providers of Choice”—Two Foundations in California Fund a Study of the Safety Net’s Readiness for the ACA


June 11th, 2014

Community health centers (CHCs) have long been a centerpiece of the health care safety net, providing an array of primary care services for low-income and uninsured populations. These organizations will continue to serve a critical role for the millions of people who remain uninsured after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the ACA […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings


June 3rd, 2014

Janice Bogner has retired from Interact for Health, formerly known as the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, where she was a senior program officer. She managed the Severe Mental Illness and Mental and Emotional Wellbeing portfolios. Bogner said in an e-mail that she is going “to relax and spend time with [her] husband, family, and […]

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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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California’s Low Income Health Program: A Public-Private Partnership That Worked


February 14th, 2014

Amidst all of the criticism surrounding early implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there was, in fact, a bright spot. As soon as the ACA was signed into law, California developed a landmark initiative known as the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). The program would go on to provide more than 660,000 low-income residents […]

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GrantWatch Blog Most-Read List for 2013: Post on the Role of Government in Supporting Healthy Eating Habits Leads The Way


January 11th, 2014

Happy New Year! We compiled a list of the ten most-read posts during 2013, in case you missed any of them. Interestingly, the most-read post during 2013 was an “oldie-but-goodie” from August 2012 about a debate held at that year’s Colorado Health Symposium, sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation. GrantWatch Blog invited the foundation’s then-vice president of […]

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Communication about Health Care with Low-Income Californians: Results from a New Survey


November 1st, 2013

Low-income patients are often the most difficult to reach, given access issues, language barriers, and lack of resources. But despite the challenges, these patients are willing and eager to engage more with their providers and avail themselves of new health care delivery models and technologies to do so, according to new research released October 23. […]

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The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org: Building a Platform for Health System Improvement


October 9th, 2013

Development of The Commonwealth Fund’s WhyNotTheBest.org—a free tool with which to benchmark hospital performance on measures of quality and safety, outcomes, and costs—began with a question. We asked: if the U.S. health care system is not the “best in the world,” as has been amply demonstrated, what will it take to get us there?  Late […]

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Statewide Collaboration Aims to Create a Healthier Kansas


July 23rd, 2013

A group of foundations in Kansas finds working together valuable. As the health issues facing our nation become more complex, grantmakers will need to continually look for more innovative and strategic ways to tackle these challenges. The leading health foundations in Kansas are collaborating in an effort called Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH). From sharing […]

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The Health of Immigrants: What Projects Are Foundations Funding?


July 11th, 2013

As immigration reform is hotly debated in Congress this summer, I am focusing this post on what foundations are funding related to the health of immigrants. A bit of background “When Congress passed President Obama’s health care overhaul [in 2010], a critical compromise provision was that immigrants living in the United States illegally would not […]

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San Francisco Safety-Net Clinics Strive to Share the Care


April 9th, 2013

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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Addressing the Root Causes of Health Problems: Rebecca Onie of Health Leads


March 22nd, 2013

I recently returned from covering the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting in San Francisco, where Rebecca Onie was among the keynote speakers. She was a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader award winner and received a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2009. Health Leads, a Boston-based […]

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Interview with the New Leader of Grantmakers In Health: What She Sees Ahead for Health Philanthropy


March 11th, 2013

This blog post, with the original title of “Checking In with Grantmakers In Health’s New President and CEO,” first appeared on Health and Environmental Funders Network blog, which is called Giving InSight, on February 11: http://blog.hefn.org/2013/02/11/checking-in-with-grantmakers-in-healths-new-president-and-ceo/  ____________________________ HEFN [Health and Environmental Funders] Director Kathy Sessions spoke with Faith Mitchell, Grantmakers In Health’s [GIH's] newly appointed President and […]

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


February 7th, 2013

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

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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Verizon Foundation Launches Programs to Help Reduce Health Care Disparities


December 10th, 2012

On December 4, this funder, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, announced its intent to invest nearly $13 million in health care funding to four national nonprofits and more than a dozen other locally and regionally focused organizations. Support will include not only cash grants but donations of health information technology. The Verizon Foundation aims to reduce […]

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Foundations Aim to Strengthen and Improve the Safety Net; Other Recent Journal Content


August 23rd, 2012

My GrantWatch column in the August 2012 issue contains a selected sampling of foundation funding on the topic of the health care safety net. Grants awarded include efforts to help safety-net providers, as well as populations who turn to the safety net for their health care. The column is but a small part of the […]

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What Foundation Leaders Are Saying about the Supreme Court Decision


June 28th, 2012

Foundation leaders are also commenting about today’s Supreme Court decision. See what the funders you follow are saying. Most items appear to have been written June 28. Thank you to Anne Schwartz, deputy editor for special content, for her assistance in gathering this content. Blue Shield of California Foundation: “President’s Message,” by Peter V. Long, president and CEO. The California Endowment: […]

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Should California Establish a Basic Health Program for Certain Low-Income Residents?


May 10th, 2012

California is considering whether to establish a Basic Health Program, an option under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that would cover those who are earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are ineligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To finance the Basic Health Program, the […]

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


April 10th, 2012

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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What in the World Is a Health Home?


February 13th, 2012

The author explains the concept and how it can help safety-net patients. David also alerts us to the Health Home Innovation Fund, managed by Tides’s Community Clinics Initiative and funded by the California Endowment. He thanks Jane Stafford, managing director of the initiative, for her help with this post. Among the many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, one of the most […]

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