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Education Leads to Better Health Outcomes, Says Policy Brief from Virginia Commonwealth University and the RWJF


April 3rd, 2014
by Tracy Gnadinger

In January, the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the policy brief, “Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before,” along with an animated video on the importance of investing in education as a means to improving long-term health outcomes. Americans with less education […]

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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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The Rippel Foundation and the RWJF Push Frontiers for Financing and Sustaining Improvements in Health


February 13th, 2014
by Laura Landy

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that accountable care organizations (ACOs) saved Medicare nearly $400 million by more effectively coordinating care, I wondered where the money will go. How will we capture those savings and re-invest them to continue us on a path to better health and better care that is […]

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


January 11th, 2014
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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New Poverty and Philanthropy Report from the Urban Institute and JPB Foundation


January 8th, 2014
by Tracy Gnadinger

A new report, Addressing Deep and Persistent Poverty: A Framework for Philanthropic Planning and Investment, from the Urban Institute (funded by the JPB Foundation) looks at the history of US antipoverty policies, examines the concept of “deep poverty,” lists organizational approaches for addressing poverty in the United States, and provides foundations with recommended guidelines for […]

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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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Foundation Initiative Uses Expanded View of Health: Including Its Social and Environmental Determinants


April 23rd, 2013
by Carolyn Link

This post, with the orginal title of  “Expanding the Way We Look at Health,” was first published on the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) blog, Giving InSight, on April 1. (That post includes pictures, which are not shown here.) The author is executive director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, which exclusively dedicates […]

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Skillful Convening: A Powerful Tool for Health System Redesign


April 18th, 2013
by Laura Landy

The author is president and CEO of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, a national health philanthropy located in Morristown, New Jersey. In 2007 the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation set out to understand why changes that we know need to take place in the health system don’t regularly happen and what can be done to remedy […]

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


March 22nd, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina

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
 
by Kathryn Sessions and Faith Mitchell

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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A Connecticut Foundation Experiments with a Different Way of Funding Health Policy Research


February 12th, 2013
 
by Patricia Baker and Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause

The president and CEO and the vice president of policy and communications at the Connecticut Health Foundation describe its new approach and the successes of its grantees. Foundations often employ the twin strategies of grant making and commissioning and advancing objective policy research, but rarely do the twain meet. Since its inception in 1999, the […]

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ACA, HIV/AIDS, Oral Health, Patient Activation, & More: Foundation Blogs Round-Up


December 12th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

It has been a long time since I have done a round-up of posts on other philanthropy blogs that have caught my eye, so today is the day! Other topics covered below include social determinants of health (specifically, housing), “tasksharing” in global health, and charities’ use of data. I love having the opportunity to peruse the […]

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Report from New York State: What Is Ahead for Medicaid and Medicare?


November 30th, 2012
by Katharine McLaughlin

GrantWatch Blog invited this staffer from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to report on two community forums it held earlier this month in Buffalo and Syracuse. With the presidential election over and major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going into effect just about a year from now, what does […]

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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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October Health Affairs: Update on Foundation Funding to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Disparities


October 11th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

In my GrantWatch column in the print and online versions of Health Affairs’ October issue, I update readers on what foundations have been funding in these areas. My column follows a year after a well-written, peer-reviewed GrantWatch paper by Faith Mitchell and Kathy Sessions on the same topics was published in our October 2011 issue. […]

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


August 23rd, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

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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Connecting for Better Health: A Minnesota Foundation, Using Innovative Grant Making, Aims To Foster Social Connections


June 6th, 2012
by Carolyn Link

Read about a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation initiative to encourage healthier communities through social connections. Strong, positive relationships with friends and neighbors have both direct and indirect influences on health. Social connections and feelings of support, trust, and shared values are powerful predictors of health behaviors. Research has shown that […]

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