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Our grant making is designed to create positive change in our three program areas –
Obesity, Racial and Ethnic Health Care Equity and Integrated Health Care.

Grantmakers in Health Publishes Foundation-sponsored Report

Foundations and other grant makers working to eliminate disparities in health and health care have an important new resource to help identify effective levers for change. Grantmakers In Health has published Striving for Health Equity: Opportunities as Identified by Leaders in the Field,  (PDF, 495 KB) an exploration of grant-making options to support health equity goals. Strategies discussed describe opportunities for intervening along a continuum of upstream and downstream approaches to address health disparities. Striving for Health Equity was made possible in part with support of the Aetna Foundation.

Snap to Health Holds Capitol Hill Briefing, Publishes Report

On July 18, 2012, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) hosted a SNAP to Health Capitol Hill Briefing in Washington, D.C., for the official release of the project team’s recommendations  (PDF, 2.26 MB) for strengthening federal food benefits to improve people’s health and nutrition in addition to tackling food insecurity. Among the public officials speaking were Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut. The Aetna Foundation’s Gillian Barclay, vice president of programs, joined a prominent speaking roster of health policy and nutrition experts that included Marion Nestle, Ph.D., of New York University; Walter Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., of Harvard School of Public Health; and David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., of Boston’s Children’s Hospital, among others. The CPSC study and recommendations were made possible through a grant from the Aetna Foundation, awarded last year.

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Center for Healthcare Equity/Institute for Healthcare Studies

How healthy is your Chicago neighborhood? The south and southwest sides of Chicago suffer the most in terms of residents’ health and access to basic health resources, according to a new study of 77 Chicago neighborhoods by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health.  The 150-page study, published in August, 2011, is the first comprehensive profile compiled in one document of the health of residents and resources in Chicago neighborhoods.  Lead author of the study is Julie Yonek; co-author is Romana Hasnain-Wynia.

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Center for Healthcare Equity/Institute for Healthcare Studies

Do technology-supported quality improvements reduce health disparities?  A new study from the Feinberg School of Medicine finds improvement in some chronic conditions but achieving equity in areas with persistent disparities will require a more nuanced, patient-centered systems-oriented approach.  The report, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, is available online and was authored by Muriel Jean-Jacques, Stephen D. Persell, Jasona A. Thompson, Romana Hasnain-Wynia and David W. Baker.

University of Michigan Health System

A study by the University of Michigan Health System shows that blacks are prescribed fewer pain medications and women get weaker doses from primary care physicians.  The results are in the article, “The Adequacy of Chronic Pain Management Prior to Presenting at a Tertiary Care Pain Center: The Role of Patient Socio-Demographic Characteristics,” published in the Journal of Pain, Vol.11 Issue 8, August, 2010. Carmen R. Green, MD, is the lead author.    

Health Affairs

With support from the Aetna Foundation, Health Affairs devoted its October 2011 issue to an examination of disparities in health and health care. The special issue, "Agenda for Fighting Disparities," featured 22 articles by leading health care researchers who explored the current landscape of health equity and offered solutions to mitigate racial and ethnic disparities.  Health Affairs unveiled the issue at a press briefing in Washington, D.C., on October 6, 2011. Speakers included then-Aetna Foundation President Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, and Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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