Preventing Maternal Mortality in Developing Countries: History as a Guide for Sustaining Success

The Prevention of Maternal Mortality Network teams' major success over eight years of support was identifying and testing three key approaches for preventing maternal mortality that were practical and applicable.

May 1, 2015

Building Health into Community Design: One Foundation’s Effort

The Colorado Health Foundation began a partnership with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) about two years ago to promote health in projects and places to its members, who span disciplines from land use to development.

April 29, 2015

More from the Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference: Diane Meier on Palliative Care; a Film on Elder Care

Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a past MacArthur Fellow (2008), Diane Meier pointed out in her speech to GIH conference attendees that palliative care is not limited to the dying.

April 23, 2015

Building Cost Transparency from the Ground Up

In May 2013. . . it seemed unbelievable that, while we as a nation talked a lot about health care costs, we had no idea how much was really being spent at the local level.

April 20, 2015

From the Grantmakers in Health Annual Meeting: Patrick Kennedy on Behavioral Health

The opening plenary speaker was Patrick Kennedy, founder of The Kennedy Forum, which advocates for full implementation of the 2008 mental health parity law.

April 17, 2015

Refocusing Philanthropy after ACA Implementation

For the past several years, many of us in health philanthropy have seen the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a key opportunity for attention and investment. At the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), we focused resources first on supporting and sharing policy...

April 15, 2015

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Efforts to Reverse Childhood Obesity

Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a commitment of $500 million to help children maintain a healthy weight with a focus on children under age five. With this new effort, it is an opportune time to understand the foundation's previous work.

April 14, 2015

Funding to Improve Health In Rural North Carolina Communities: When Buzzwords Meet Change

For the past few years, among some of the most frequently used “philanthropy speak” have been the words “place based” and “collective change.” Unlike many buzzwords, though, these terms have meat behind them and continue to be studied and analyzed. That is why my colleague Doug Easterling from...

April 7, 2015

What the Heck Are Program-Related Investments by Foundations?

Perhaps you, like I, have seen information (and even written) about program-related investments (PRIs) but have always been a bit unsure what this phrase means and how to explain it. Well, four foundations are here to help you. In February, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Bill...

April 6, 2015

New in the Journal: Long-Term Services and Supports: What Foundations Are Funding

My March 2015 GrantWatch column (free access) mentions some examples of how foundations are targeting their funds in the area of long-term services and supports and caregiving. GrantWatch is Health Affairs’ section on health philanthropy. It regularly appears in the journal’s monthly issues....

April 2, 2015