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Resources by Topic: Philanthropy

Foundations’ Efforts To Improve Rural Health Care
Highlights several rural-specific, foundation-funded projects that are working to address challenges associated with rural health and healthcare. Includes examples in the following problem areas: access, care delivery, publications, quality of care, and rural philanthropy.
Location: Health Affairs, 36(11), 2023-2025
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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Aging & Healthcare in Rural America: Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength
Explores reasons for disparities of healthcare in rural areas, including provider shortages and greater burdens of disease among the elderly. Offers suggestions for solutions, such as greater community involvement and philanthropy.
Author(s): Cindy Padilla
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders
Provides an overview of the opioid crisis and its impact on the lives of older adults. Addresses both opioid use by older adults and addiction within older adults' families. Identifies solutions being implemented by governments, communities, healthcare providers, and funders to address these concerns. Includes policy recommendations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Aging in Rural America: Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength
Slides from a July 31, 2017 presentation highlighting the work of Grantmakers in Aging through its rural aging initiative. Includes tips for successful rural aging projects.
Author(s): Cindy Padilla
Date: 07/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Leveraging Resources for Greater Impact
Video highlighting the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership. Describes the benefits of this federal-private partnership, which connects federal grantees with local philanthropic organizations for additional support, to help improve health in their rural communities.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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As the South Grows: Strong Roots
Explores the connection between community-driven economic development and equity in the South, particularly in the Lowcountry and Coal Country. Focuses on promoting systemic, long-term economic change in the South through culturally sensitive, locally controlled philanthropic investments.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Innovating Mental Healthcare in Texas and Beyond: Q&A with Dr. Octavio Martinez
An interview with Dr. Octavio Martinez, the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Discusses the mission of the foundation and how it is addressing mental health in Texas, as well as some of the challenges of providing mental healthcare in Texas and throughout the U.S.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership: Leveraging Public-Private Funds to Improve Health
Highlights the work of two grantees funded through the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program, a combined effort of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and philanthropy organizations. Discusses how the coordinated efforts of the grantees and their philanthropy partners benefit patients.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil
Examines the discrepancy between philanthropic efforts in the South and other regions of the United States. Provides examples of Southern nonprofit leaders, and makes recommendations to help foundations and donors maximize the impact of their investments. Also explains why alternative methods for giving may be required in the South, where organizations and leaders don't always conform to traditional educational and organizational standards. Rural-specific considerations are discussed throughout.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Colorado Health Foundation Makes Rural Communities a Priority: Q&A with Karen McNeil-Miller
Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, discusses how the foundation is working with rural communities in the state. Topics covered include a recent statewide Listening Tour, the use of data to focus on rural health issues, and participation in the national Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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