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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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New in the Journal: “Foundation Support for Mental Health” GrantWatch column


May 8th, 2014

May is Mental Health Month, according to a Mental Health America press release. So, the newest GrantWatch column serendipitously came out just at the right time! In the just-released May 2014 issue of Health Affairs, my GrantWatch column (free access) mentions examples of foundations that have been trying to improve mental health care around the […]

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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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Sustainability and Growth in Funding for Drug Treatment Courts


March 11th, 2014

Crisis in the American criminal justice system in the 1980s launched a vigorous self-examination by judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel and led to the creation of drug treatment courts (or simply “drug courts”). The criminal justice system was overwhelmed at the time by a glut of cases involving defendants whose substance use disorders led […]

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New Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health Released: Progress Made; Battle Not Won


January 28th, 2014

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


January 8th, 2014

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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Peer Support Programs Offer a Golden Opportunity for Funders to Affect Delivery of Behavioral Health Services


October 30th, 2013

Funders searching for ways to improve the integration of health and behavioral health services may want to take a new look at an old idea— peer support. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) notes, peer support is at the foundation of recovery. And “recovery” is a concept that is growing in […]

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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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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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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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The Role of Philanthropy in Changing the Geriatric Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce


October 10th, 2012

The author served on the Institute of Medicine panel that wrote a recent report on the health professions workforce that will be needed to care for older people with mental illness and substance use conditions. He is executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, in Austin, Texas. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, […]

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


September 26th, 2012

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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Mental Health: What Are Foundations Funding?


September 12th, 2012

My GrantWatch column in the September issue of Health Affairs, “Mental Health: What Foundations Are Funding,” provides a snapshot of foundation efforts around the country to help people who suffer from mental illness. A variety of funders are interested in this topic. In my small sampling, it appears that support for integrated health care, in […]

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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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Challenging the Policy of Disdain for Chronically Homeless People


February 24th, 2012

Foundations should provide leadership in programming and advocacy for this population. In the early 1990s, there was a movie entitled Dave. Kevin Kline stars in it as the head of an employment agency who happens to look exactly like the president of the United States. When the president has an incapacitating stroke as he cheats […]

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Holiday Potpourri: Foundation Blog Posts on Health Reform, Use of HIT by Safety-Net Providers, and More


December 28th, 2011

In combing through a number of foundation blogs that I follow (as time permits), I found these recent posts, which you may find relevant to your work. The topics covered by these writings range from oral health to the Gates Foundation’s interactions with grantees and on topics from mental health to HIV/AIDS prevention. Bloggers include […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during July 2011


August 8th, 2011

In reverse order, number three in the rankings was on Medicaid, and number two was on health reform (certainly not surprising). Number one (the most-read post during the month) was a round-up of posts from other foundation-related blogs. In case you missed the Health Affairs GrantWatch Tweet and/or e-alert when they were sent out, the […]

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Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Global Health, HIV/AIDS, End-of-Life Care, & more


June 23rd, 2011

I have put together a listing here of some foundation-related blog posts that you may want to check out. Now that summer has arrived, perhaps things are slowing down in your workplace, and you now have time for some professional reading! Links to a wide variety of posts follow. Incidentally, if you work for a […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during March 2011


April 25th, 2011

We list below the three most-read posts during the month. Take a look in case you missed one of these when the original tweet or e-alert went out. 1. “Foundation Blogs Round-up: Health Reform, Disparities, Global Health, Obesity, and More,” by Lee-Lee Prina (Feb.17, 2011). Heading the top-three list is a round-up (selected sampling) of […]

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