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Alcohol and Drug Prevention: A New Initiative to Keep Youth on a Healthy Path


July 28th, 2014

Across the country, more people are dying from drug overdoses than car accidents. We read about their deaths daily in the news—lives young and old snuffed out. Young people are at high risk because of their impulsive behavior. And when we look at the broader pattern of misuse of alcohol and drugs, we learn that […]

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Foundation Awards Grants For Education on Genetic Diseases and Viruses and for HPV Outreach


June 25th, 2014

In April, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), located in Pittsburgh, approved two grants that caught our attention. Genetic Diseases Grant One is for the development of a community-wide education curriculum that presents the evidence about genes and viruses in a way that is scientifically informative and age-appropriate. Nina Butler, a seasoned professional educator, and Jonathan Weinkle, […]

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Toxic Stress in Children and the Importance of Listening Between the Lines to What Kids Say


April 29th, 2014

A report from the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) annual meeting, which was held in March in Atlanta. Nadine Burke Harris, founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, in San Francisco, was among the plenary speakers at this year’s GIH meeting. Wendy Wolf, president of the Maine Health Access Foundation, a GIH board member, […]

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


February 6th, 2014

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

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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What Will the ACA Mean for Children’s Coverage?


December 4th, 2013

Working with state and national advocacy organizations as well as the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), several national foundations are aiming to shape the answer to this question. While most eyes are focused on the prize of coverage for adults, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies are continuing their […]

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Fast Food Facts 2013: Healthy Kids’ Meal Options Increase, Yet Most Are Still Nutrient Poor


November 13th, 2013

New report also looks at fast food advertising. A new report, “Fast Food Facts 2013,” issued by the Yale Rudd Center For Food Policy and Obesity, examines the nutritional quality of fast food and how such restaurants have marketed their foods and beverages to children and teens over the past three years. The report, which […]

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How Do You Keep School-Age Children Healthy? Report from a Health Policy Forum


October 3rd, 2013

On September 16, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky held its eleventh annual Bost Health Policy Forum, in Erlanger, Kentucky, a small town in the northern region of the state. This year’s event, titled “Communities Connecting for Healthier Kids,” stimulated discussions about keeping today’s school-age children throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky healthy as they grow […]

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


February 12th, 2013

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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What Funders Can Do in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut


December 17th, 2012

The author is a former Connecticut state legislator and the former president of a foundation in South Florida. In the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, what we all seek most are the answers to two questions—why did this happen, and what could have been done to prevent it? As a […]

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After Aurora: What Can Foundations Do?


July 31st, 2012

This Denver-based consultant previously worked for twelve years in health philanthropy as senior program officer with the Rose Community Foundation of Denver and as vice president of programs for the Colorado Health Foundation. A week after the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the Denver Post headline read “Suspect sent notebook to CU before rampage.” The […]

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Private Industry and Public Health: How Foundations Can Collaborate with Corporations


March 14th, 2012

Derek Yach, senior vice president for global health and agriculture policy at PepsiCo, was one of the plenary speakers at the recent Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Annual Meeting, held in Baltimore. A strategist, Yach previously has held positions at the Rockefeller Foundation, Yale University, and the World Health Organization (WHO). His remarks provided “food for […]

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Foundation Funding of Violence Prevention Projects


January 6th, 2012

On December 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released findings from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. The results may surprise you. For example, over the course of her lifetime, one in four women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Here is a […]

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