May 15th, 2013
Here are some recent foundation blog posts that caught my eye. The subjects are varied, so there is something for everybody to read!
Environmental Health; Disaster Planning
On April 29 Lauren Linville, a communications associate with the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), wrote on its Giving Insight blog about lessons learned during Hurricane Sandy. In “Six Months Later,” Linville relays comments from groups out in the field about challenges, opportunities, and best practices; the comments were made during calls hosted by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. Read about the challenges of mold in homes and worries about toxic chemicals in storm water. With hurricane season starting in June, the advice for foundations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on when and what to fund is timely.
Adrian Sieff, an assistant director at the Health Foundation (London, England), writes about “Shared Decision Making: Whose Life Is It Anyway?” In this April 10 post, he notes, “It is part of the clinical culture to fix.” However, he inquires, “What if we taught healthcare professionals that their job is to find out what matters to the patient, to find a solution together that works for the patient and to support them to make it happen?” He includes interesting examples of decisions and links to reports from the Health Foundation as well as the UK-based King’s Fund.
Health Policy and Sequestration
The Colorado Health Foundation’s Health Relay blog published an April 25 post by its editorial manager, Bob Mook, called “Policy Speakout: Sequestration and Health in Colorado.” As he points out, “For most people, life as they know it seems to be carrying on” in spite of the “massive sequestration” cuts that became effective on March 1. However, many economists warn that these arbitrary cuts “will hurt the economy.” He lists health-related examples, such as 2 percent reductions in Medicare payments to health professionals and cuts in funding for community health centers. Although the focus of his post is Colorado, I found his concise explanations helpful. The general information about what is being cut and what is being spared seems to be applicable to other states. (The numbers of people and dollar figures will vary, of course. See this White House map I found.) As an example of what is being spared, Mook notes that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is exempt from sequestration cuts. Read the rest of this entry »