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These occasional features in the GIH Bulletin are written by grantmakers, providing a forum to share their opinions and insights on the practice of health philanthropy. If you are interested in participating, please contact Natasha Khanna.

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  • No More Half Measures: The Case for Bigger, Bolder Advocacy Support
    April 13, 2017
    Scott Downes, Center for Evaluation Innovation
    It is increasingly clear that advocacy and policy change is deeply entrenched in and dependent on political institutions and the political process. This is the perfect time for foundations to furnish themselves with a broad range of tools, helping to ensure that the fights we have always had will not be the fights we always have.

  • Philanthropic Moral Courage: A Compass for Leading Boldly
    April 13, 2017
    Kimalon Meriweather, Cleveland Foundation
    Deidre Griffith, Missouri Foundation for Health
    Marcy Felsenfeld, Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
    Randy Lopez, Wyandotte Health Foundation
    Shally Iyer, Metta Fund
    Ace Eversley, Aetna Foundation, Inc
    Tanya Shah, The Commonwealth Fund
    Erica Snow, The Colorado Health Foundation
    Katie Wehr, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Janelle Woods-McNish, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
    Faculty Mentor: Gabriela Alcalde, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
    Moral courage and risk-taking were hot topics of conversation during our experience as fellows of the 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders.

  • Igniting a Women's Health Activist Movement—WHAM!
    March 16, 2017
    Karen Wolk Feinstein, Ph.D., The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
    We at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) are not content to let this activist roar go silent. That is why we recently launched the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAM Global), a network to empower and cultivate female leaders who advance health care systems that are transparent, respectful, accountable, and equitable.

  • The Benefits of External Eyes
    March 16, 2017
    Kim Moore, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
    How is our work going, really? Can staff answer that question with a sufficient degree of critical appraisal? Can we rely on the complete honesty of funded partners, who are thrilled that we have recognized their causes as ours, to gain a sense of our impact? Is our board prepared, engaged and yet distant enough to provide a wise response to this fundamental question of success?

  • Flipping the Switch: Moving from Vaccine Hesitancy to Vaccine Confidence
    February 16, 2017
    Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Judith Mendel, M.P.H., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    The 2014-2015 Disneyland-associated measles outbreak was a wake-up call—alerting the public health community to the brittle balance between vaccine-induced population immunity and the potential for widespread, costly and potentially deadly outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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