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  • Maximizing Our Investments: Five Ingredients for Accelerating Impact in Health Philanthropy
    May 11, 2017
    Jamie Brown, Colorado Springs Health Foundation
    Jennifer Chubinski, Interact for Health
    Alexa Eggleston, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    Alyson Ferguson, The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
    Rebecca Gallo, MetroWest Health Foundation
    Brian Myers, Empire Health Foundation
    Catherine Patterson, de Beaumont Foundation
    Allen Smart,
    Erica Snow, The Colorado Health Foundation
    Moral courage and risk-taking were hot topics of conversation during our experience as fellows of the 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders.








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  • 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.


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  • 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?


February
  • 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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  • All Hands on Mission
    January 11, 2017
    Eileen Coogan, Allegany Franciscan Ministries
    Allegany Franciscan Ministries is a mission-driven grantmaker whose staff, board, and community volunteers strive to understand and connect with the realities faced by the marginalized communities served by the organization.




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  • Cleveland’s Greater University Circle Initiative: An Anchor-Based Strategy for Change
    October 12, 2016
    Robert E. Eckardt, Dr.P.H., The Cleveland Foundation
    Cities are increasingly turning to their "anchor" institutions as drivers of economic development, harnessing the power of these major economic players to benefit urban neighborhoods. This is especially true for cities that are struggling with widespread poverty and disinvestment. Urban anchors - typically hospitals and universities - have sometimes isolated themselves from the poor and struggling neighborhoods that surround them. But this is changing.




  • Ending Mass Incarceration is a Public Health Imperative
    October 12, 2016
    David Cloud, Vera Institute of Justice and a Ph.D. student at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
    Ending mass incarceration in the United States is one of the major social, political, civil rights, and economic challenges of our time. Government officials, practitioners, advocates, and philanthropists working in the fields of public health and medicine have important and distinct roles to play.
    Subject Areas: Population Health


  • How Foundations Can be Engaged This Election Year
    October 12, 2016
    Shyaam Subramanian, Alliance for Justice
    Election season presents tremendous opportunities for philanthropic organizations to educate voters and candidates on the issues core to their charitable missions. Through strategies such as civic engagement and public policy advocacy, nonprofit organizations can expand the reach and impact of their activities.


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  • New Research Can Help Health and Housing Experts Arrive at a Common Messaging Frame
    August 25, 2016
    Tiffany Manuel, Ph.D., Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
    We have more evidence than ever before that housing is one of the most important social determinants of health and one of the most efficient platforms for improving health outcomes. In February, Enterprise Community Partners released new research conducted in conjunction with the Center for Outcomes Research and Education, which provided quantitative evidence of the long-term positive impact that affordable housing has on health outcomes for the most vulnerable and difficult to serve.




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  • Building the Evidence: Investing in Research Supporting the Need for Healthy and Active Schools
    December 15, 2014
    Steve Coen, Kansas Health Foundation
    Those leading our education system today face an enormous amount of pressure, from funding issues to curriculum changes, from absenteeism to state assessment scores. With so much to consider and so much to fit into each school day, leaders are often forced to make decisions that de-prioritize an important aspect of a child’s development: physical activity. Following discussions with numerous stakeholders, the Kansas Health Foundation found that a critical missing piece in making the case for the importance of physical activity at school was timely, state-specific data linking student fitness and academics.

    PDF Format Views from the Field: 12-15-2014 (KHF)


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  • A Lawyer's Role: Ensuring the Health of Children and Youth in Foster Care
    December 16, 2013
    Eva J. Klain, J.D., American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
    Too often, legal professionals only come into contact with children and youth when they are involved in some type of court action—whether before a judge independency cases, for delinquency or status offenses, or in domestic relations proceedings (such as custody, visitation, child support, and domestic violence). They need to focus, however, on the health and well-being of their clients when safety considerations require that a child be removed from his or her home and placed in foster care

    PDF Format Views from the Field: 12-16-13 (American Bar Assoc)
    Subject Areas: Children and Families


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  • Dental Hub and Spoke Project Links Kansans in Underserved Areas to Dental Care
    June 18, 2012
    Brenda R. Sharpe, REACH Healthcare Foundation
    Given Kansas’ rural composition and concentration of population in a few larger communities, no single solution can fully address the state’s oral health access barriers and workforce shortages. One innovative approach that began with a pilot project in 2007 not only significantly improved access to dental care in the state, but also exemplifies how oral health leaders can leverage the safety net health care infrastructure to provide dental services in deeply underserved areas.

    PDF Format Views from the Field: 6-18-12
    Subject Areas: Oral Health




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  • Creating Healthier Communities to Reverse Childhood Obesity
    November 21, 2011
    Monica Hobbs Vinluan, YMCA of the USA
    John Govea, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Learn how the YMCA's Healthier Communities Initiatives, which include Pioneering Healthier Communities, Action Communities for Health, Innovation, & Environmental Change, and Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities, are helping to address the obesity epidemic.

    PDF Format Views from the Field: 11-21-11




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  • Giving Voice: The Power of Grassroots Advocacy in Shaping Public Policy
    November 12, 2010
    Billie Hall, Sunflower Foundation
    Within advocacy work, there exists a wide spectrum of strategies that can be employed to change or shape public policy. Yet, too often, nonprofit health organizations tend to limit themselves to a narrow range of strategies that typically includes education, policy/data analysis, and limited legislative advocacy. While these strategies are important to public policy work, they may not be enough to influence policymakers in today’s increasingly special interest and ideological-driven political system.

    PDF Format November 15, 2010 — 228KB





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  • Faith in Action: Taking Caregiving to Scale
    May 19, 2008
    Paul Jellinek, Isaacs-Jellinek
    Over the course of the past fifteen years, the Faith in Action program has provided roughly 1,700 seed grants of up to $35,000 to help start local, interfaith volunteer caregiving programs. These programs are designed to provide free volunteer services to the large and growing number of elderly and disabled individuals who need help with simple, everyday tasks in order to be able to stay in their homes.

    PDF Format May 19, 2008 — 241KB

    Subject Areas: Aging


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  • Designing the Public Health System for a Healthier U.S.
    November 19, 2004
    Bobbie Berkowitz, Turning Point National Program
    Susan Hassmiller, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Philanthropic organizations and others involved in supporting public health have begun to focus on ways to improve an ailing system so that it protects the people it serves. This View from the Field spotlights the national Turning Point initiative. Launched in 1997 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the initiative represents a community-based and collaborative approach to health status improvement.

    PDF Format 11-22-04 — 184KB

    Subject Areas: Population Health


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  • Grantmakers Partner to Improve Children's Development
    January 28, 2004
    Eugene Cochrane, Jr., The Duke Endowment
    Karen Davis, The Commonwealth Fund
    Jim Durkan, Community Memorial Foundation
    Dorothy Gardner, Michael Reese Health Trust
    Ada Mary Gugenheim, The Chicago Community Trust
    M. Katherine Kraft, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
    Jan Kreamer, The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
    Et Al., click for the complete co-author list

    PDF Format 1-12-04 — 135KB

    Subject Areas: Children and Families


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  • Giving Voice to the Voiceless: The Case for Advocacy Funding
    April 8, 2003
    Ruth Holton, The California Wellness Foundation
    Funding public policy work is as important to health improvement as funding for direct services.  Lessons learned from funding advocates include the importance of providing core operating support, the need to engage the grassroots, and how to empower community members.

    PDF Format 4-07-03 — 126KB



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  • Putting Knowledge to Work for Mental Health
    May 23, 2002
    Laurie Garduque, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
    A challenge to the philanthropic community: do better when it comes to funding for mental health. Dr. Garduque describes how grantmakers can - and should - play a key role in charting new territory, challenging service systems to do better, and promoting the adoption of evidence-based practices.

    PDF Format 10-22-01 — 147KB

    Subject Areas: Behavioral Health


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  • What Patient Safety is Teaching Us
    September 27, 2001
    Ken Segal, Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative
    Karen Feinstein, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
    This Views from the Field spotlights the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative, a regional health care quality and patient safety improvement program. With initial funding from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and support from a wide variety of community stakeholders, this initiative has evolved into a nationally recognized model for improving health care quality.

    PDF Format 9-24-01 — 94KB

    Subject Areas: Quality


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  • Partnering with State Government: Lessons from a Local Funder
    March 7, 2001
    Annie Van Dusen, Rose Community Foundation
    Phil Nash, Rose Community Foundation
    After passage of federal legislation creating the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Rose Community Foundation stepped in as the private partner in a public-private partnership to ensure its implementation in Colorado. Van Dusen and Nash share six key lessons learned about engaging government as a collaborator.

    PDF Format 10-25-00 — 82KB

    Subject Areas: Foundation Operations


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