From Sub-Saharan Africa To Seattle: Opportunities To Improve Health

What excited me most about my internship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was not polio or malaria -- but rather the burgeoning emphasis on social determinants and health in Washington State.

August 26, 2015

Using Innovative Community Partnerships To Address The Social Determinants of Health: Report From The Colorado Health Symposium

Staff of the five funders supporting the BUILD Health Challenge say that the major challenge in health care today is how to address the upstream causes of disease so as to realize population health improvements and cost savings further downstream.

August 19, 2015

Advancing Integrated Behavioral Health Care In Texas And Maine: Lessons From The Field

Those working on integrating primary and behavioral health care must realize the complexity of integration and the time needed to handle the professional cultural differences, staffers from two foundations point out. Both funders have awarded grants to support integrated care.

August 11, 2015

Defeating The ZIP Code Health Paradigm: Data, Technology, And Collaboration Are Key

Because health disparities are local, they must be tackled community by community. People must be reached where they spend time -- homes, neighborhoods, schools, and faith-based groups. And the first step in eliminating dramatic differences in health outcomes is to study their causes at the...

August 6, 2015

2015 White House Conference On Aging: What Happened And What Was Missing

The conference, at which President Obama spoke, succeeded in three ways. But what was missing was a clear-eyed discussion of current and future long-term care costs.

August 4, 2015

Taking On The Inequities Of Rural Life: Is Life In Rural America Good For Your Health?

Poor access to physicians, poverty, distance from urban services, and even hunger are among the conditions faced by some residents of rural and frontier America. They need access to vital services.

July 30, 2015

A Perfect Combination: The Cleveland Neighborhood Model For Urban Health Care Education

The Cleveland Foundation, a community foundation in Ohio, has awarded funding for an effort to recruit and train medical students who reflect the socioeconomic background and cultural make-up of their communities. Read more about this partnership between two universities.

July 28, 2015

Measuring What Matters: Using Data To Drive Action

Data that only serve to illustrate that a problem exists---or even that progress is being made---are not enough. We need data that illustrates for people and organizations---across a wide range of sectors---the roles they can play, the actions they can take, and the relevance to their communities.

July 24, 2015

Project ECHO: Force Multiplier For Community Health Centers

A new GE Foundation grant aims to increase the number of community health centers participating in Project ECHO nationwide. The grant also includes a quality improvement component that aims to improve centers' effectiveness and efficiency.

July 20, 2015

Do Americans Understand Long-Term Care?

Read about a recent survey funded by the SCAN Foundation. Experts estimate that 70 percent of Americans who reach age sixty-five will need some type of long-term care, notes the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which conducted the poll. Are Americans prepared?

July 16, 2015