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The Gates Foundation Makes a “Big Bet for the Future” of Health and Development in Low-Income Countries

March 2nd, 2015

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, who cochair the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sent out a novel Annual Letter for 2015 that lays out an optimistic scenario for significant and rapid improvements in global health and development over the next fifteen years. The Gates Foundation Annual Letter typically offers a reflection on the foundation’s successes […]

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Improving the Accuracy of Wikipedia’s Medical Information

December 9th, 2014

Editor’s Note: On December 11, because of an editing error, a sentence in the ninth paragraph of this post was corrected to make clear that the $176,670 grant to Consumers Union was awarded by the New York State Health Foundation, not the ABIM Foundation. Every day, at every hour, billions of people go online for […]

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People Post: Foundation Board and Staff News; Job Openings

September 18th, 2014

Leah McCall Devlin has been elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) board of trustees. Now a professor in the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, she also is a consultant to RTI International, a research institute. Devlin was North Carolina’s state […]

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Consumer-Generated Data in a Big Data World: Report from the California HealthCare Foundation

August 20th, 2014

The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs covers a broad range of opportunities for use of Big Data in health care that will benefit individuals, the public at-large, and health care enterprises. Big Data are getting bigger every day, as people create data while simply living their lives. They check into online social networks, use […]

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Eliminating Preventable Harm in Academic Medical Centers: The Libretto Consortium and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

March 18th, 2014

Imagine a health care system where medical harms no longer occur. Where technology is connected and systems talk to each other. Where doctors, nurses, patients, and families work as a team, and decisions about health care are shared. Imagine a health care system that is so finely tuned that it can eliminate preventable harms, cut […]

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Elevating the Role of the Medical Assistant

March 3rd, 2014

The Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and our Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), an operating arm of the foundation, are transforming primary care—equipping practices with the resources necessary to reduce waste and inefficiency, improve workflows, implement and meaningfully use electronic health records, and treat complex patients with both physical and behavioral health conditions. True transformation […]

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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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Profiles of the Ten Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awardees

November 26th, 2012

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

June 13th, 2012

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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Foundations Finance New Design Standard For Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment

June 8th, 2012

California HealthCare Foundation was managing partner of this complex project involving several states, a federal agency, a design firm, and seven other foundations. On June 8 Enroll UX 2014, a foundation-initiated project to develop the design of a consumer-friendly, online enrollment experience for health insurance exchanges, released its final design products. This was the culmination […]

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

June 6th, 2012

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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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 January 2011

February 4th, 2011

Below, we have listed the three most-read posts. Take a gander in case you missed one of them when the original tweet or e-alert was sent out. Make sure to read the comments on two of the posts, and add your own, if you are inclined to do so! 1. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and […]

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Its Mastery of Social Media

January 25th, 2011

As Web administrator of ScanGrants, a free online database of funding opportunities in the health sciences, I spend hours trying to find grants, fellowships, science prizes, and scholarships in the health sciences to list on the site. I am doing this so that students, physicians, scientists, nurse researchers, public health experts, and health services researchers […]

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California HealthCare Foundation Announces It Will Provide $10 Million in PRI Capital through New Fund; Proposals Sought

November 12th, 2010

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), based in Oakland, announced its Health Innovation Fund on November 8. The total amount of money alone that has been allocated for this investment fund will attract notice. And what is also interesting is that this fund allows both nonprofits and for-profit companies to apply for money. The CHCF Health Innovation Fund […]

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Round-Up: Philanthropy Efforts in Global Health

June 10th, 2010

Some interesting items have come across my desk in recent months that you may want to check out. Reports: “Innovation in Action: Policies to Accelerate Development and Delivery of Global Health Tools,” Global Health Technologies Council, April 2010. The council is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This short policy report “examines the […]

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