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


August 9th, 2014

In June, Gabriela Alcalde was promoted to vice president, policy and programs, at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in Louisville. Bess Bendet, director of the Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Blue Shield Against Violence program, announced in a June 30 e-alert that she will be leaving the foundation on November 18. She plans to […]

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Health Policy Fellows Program in a Southern State Helps to Inform Legislators


July 16th, 2014

The development of a nonpartisan program to help elected officials increase knowledge and dialogue around health, health care, and health policy issues has been well received in South Carolina. To take on the mammoth task of making policy decisions about state laws, regulations, budgets, etc., legislators must study a wide range of issues such as […]

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Medicaid Health Homes: Early Lessons From State Adopters Outlined


May 15th, 2014

In March 2014 the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) published the brief, “Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons.” With support from the New York State Health Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health, the CHCS looked at best practices and implementation lessons from states that have been early adopters of health homes. […]

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Colorado Funders Take Wait-and-See Approach to Recreational Marijuana


April 21st, 2014

On April 10, the 100th day since legal sales of recreational marijuana began in Colorado, Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers told funders gathered at the mid-year meeting of Philanthropy Southwest, held in Denver, that foundations need to pay attention to the “fallout” over the legalization of marijuana as this will be a “huge issue in America over […]

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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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People Post: Foundation Staff Comings and Goings; Job Openings


October 17th, 2013

It’s time for another People Post. Watch for more people news in my GrantWatch column in the December issue of Health Affairs. Ann Beeson, executive director of US programs at the Open Society Foundations from 2007 to 2011, is the new executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a “nonpartisan, nonprofit policy institute […]

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New Journal Content: Foundation Helps Two State Agencies to Integrate Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment


October 10th, 2013

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6–12, 2013. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health advocates and others in their communities are sponsoring public education activities on mental illness around the United States this week. Here are just a few highlights from “New York State Health Foundation: Integrating Mental Health and Substance […]

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Getting the Word Out about New York State’s Health Plan Marketplace: One Foundation’s Experience


October 1st, 2013

Well-known singer Billy Joel may have written a song about being in a “New York State of Mind” years ago, but today state officials are hoping that more than one million uninsured New Yorkers will soon be in “NY State of Health,” the state’s official health plan marketplace (exchange) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

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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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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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Poll: Many Adults in One State Think Voters Should Decide Whether Marijuana for Medical Use Is Legalized


May 4th, 2013

Editor’s note: Additional coauthors of this blog post are Jennifer Chubinski, director of community research, and Ann Barnum, senior program officer, substance use disorders, at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. In the United States, eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Six states have defeated legislation to […]

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On National Healthcare Decisions Day: Foundation Reflections on Efforts to Promote End-Of-Life Planning


April 16th, 2013

Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, authors Kate O’Malley of the California HealthCare Foundation and Nancy Zweibel of the Retirement Research Foundation, discuss how foundation efforts have contributed to the adoption and expansion of a standard paradigm for end-of-life planning. Many people assume that their family members know the kind of care they would want […]

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


October 11th, 2012

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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Report from the Field on a Kentucky Policy Forum on Integrating Medical and Behavioral Care


October 4th, 2012

GrantWatch Blog invited the author, who recently joined the staff of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, to report on its recent Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, which was held in Lexington. On September 17, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its tenth annual health policy forum in Lexington, Kentucky. (The forum was named […]

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Health Reform: How Philanthropy Can Be of Use: An Example from California


September 20th, 2012

The author, director of state health policy at the California HealthCare Foundation, discusses how that funder has been working with California officials to support implementation of various pieces of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 at the state level. Federal health reform establishes the framework for sweeping changes to the nation’s health care delivery system […]

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Thinking about Working in Health Philanthropy? Seeking funding? Job Openings and RFPs to Consider.


June 21st, 2012

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic listing of job openings at foundations and other grant makers around the country that have come to our attention. This time I am adding a couple of requests for proposals (RFPs) for those who have a job but are looking for grant funding. Please make sure to verify that […]

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People Post: Board Appointments & Comings and Goings at Foundations, plus an Award Winner


March 21st, 2012

Periodically, I do a people post here, similar to the class notes in an alumni magazine! Find out whatever became of that person who was your program officer or who sat next to you at a conference. Gwyn Barley has been named director of programs for the Colorado Trust. In this position, she will be […]

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Sustaining and Extending Health Care Reform: Perspectives on the ACA from California


February 28th, 2012

GrantWatch Blog invited E. Richard Brown, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, to report some highlights from a February symposium on health reform. “Health care reform is not self-implementing,” said Peter Long, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, as he led […]

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New In the Journal: How Foundations Are Helping States Implement Health Insurance Exchanges


February 9th, 2012

This GrantWatch column in the just-released February 2011 issue of Health Affairs is full text, free access, to all readers. As many of you are aware, under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, individuals and small businesses, as of 2014, will be able to compare health insurance plans and enroll in them through state-based marketplaces […]

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Foundation News: Funding Priority Changes; Health Policy Jobs Open; Gates Foundation Discussion Held


January 27th, 2012

Read news about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. See descriptions of two policy jobs at health foundations. These tidbits recently came across my desk. •The Greenwall Foundation’s website notes that effective January 1, 2012, its grant making “will focus solely on building and enriching the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program […]

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