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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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Physically Fit Students Do Better on Academic Test Scores, Says Study Funded by a Kansas Foundation


February 6th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

On January 30, two Kansas state agencies released study results indicating that “on average, students who are physically fit score above standard on Kansas state assessments in reading and math,” according to a press release. And there’s more good news from the study: physically active kids in the Sunflower State also miss fewer days of […]

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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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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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Still Committed After All These Years: Research and Evaluation at the RWJF


September 26th, 2012
by David C. Colby

GrantWatch Blog invited the author, vice president of research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to report on a webinar that the funder held this month.  The fortieth anniversary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a national funder, is a time for reflection on how we at the foundation have done, what […]

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Health Care Costs, Upcoming Supreme Court Decision, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


June 13th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic scan of foundation blogs to see what the funders are talking about and following. Other topics highlighted below are cancer prevention, games used for health education, health professions education, nonprofit hospitals, and smoking. Games for Health “Gaming the Field,” Ben Sawyer (cofounder of DigitalMill and the Games for Health […]

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Women and Smoking: New Funding for Tobacco Control in the Developing World


September 22nd, 2011
by Caroline T. Roan

The author, who is president of the Pfizer Foundation, spoke at a UN meeting this week on noncommunicable diseases. The United Nations (UN) has been hosting its High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases September 16–21 in New York City. This is an important opportunity to highlight the alarming incidence of chronic diseases in developing countries and […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during June 2011


July 7th, 2011
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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How Do We Address Noncommunicable Disease? Lessons Learned from the Global Health Partnerships Program


June 2nd, 2011
 
by Mark Spires and Atiya Weiss

These authors from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Pfizer Inc, respectively, discuss what has been learned thus far from this program funded by Pfizer and the Pfizer Foundation. Noncommunicable diseases have become an important global health concern—they account for 60 percent of all deaths worldwide, or about 35 million deaths, a year with […]

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A Foundation’s Win At Public Health Policy on Smoking


June 15th, 2010
by Billie Hall

Using Political Tactics and Strategies at the State Level to Achieve a Ban on Smoking in Indoor Public Places and Workspaces  As a foundation committed to shaping health policy, we at the Sunflower Foundation made a decision to fund a public policy campaign as a special initiative, rather than a grant program, primarily because there was no nonprofit organization […]

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