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November 19, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Can ‘non-traditional actors’ help improve healthcare?

Arabella Advisors partnered with Grantmakers in Health to research how innovative approaches can help solve majors challenges in the rapidly changing healthcare field. A new report documents the results of this research and suggests ways that “non-traditional actors” can work with health funders to improve healthcare (Arabella, 11/18):

These new actors—corporations, community development financial institutions, venture philanthropists, high-tech start-ups, next-generation donors, and others—share an interest in improving America’s health-care problems with traditional health funders. However, they bring new mindsets and methods to the field. They tend to prioritize results and impact over the approaches used to achieve them, to focus on capacity-building, to possess a greater risk tolerance, and to be motivated by cost savings and creating efficiencies.

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Health And Wellness Is No Longer Just For The HR Department–It’s Part Of CSR (ThinkCoexist, 11/18)

Private consultants warned of risks before HealthCare.gov’s Oct. 1 launch (WaPo, 11/19) It’s probably not worth sharing all of the negative news about the ACA at this point, but maybe there is a silver lining in lessons learned.

DIVERSITY | The Atlantic’s Richard Florida reports on a new study about the psychology of neighborhoods that has an provocative conclusion – diversity and community don’t seem to be compatible (Atlantic, 11/19):

After 20 million-plus simulations, the authors found that the same basic answer kept coming back: The more diverse or integrated a neighborhood is, the less socially cohesive it becomes, while the more homogenous or segregated it is, the more socially cohesive. As they write, “The model suggests that when people form relationships with similar and nearby others, the contexts that offer opportunities to develop a respect for diversity are different from the contexts that foster a sense of community.”

PHILANTHROPY
– Trevor Neilson of the Global Philanthropy Group says that the “stodgy world of philanthropy is about to be disrupted.” In England, “stodgy” means that food is full of starch and carbs. On this side of the pond, it means “stuffy.” Back to business. Neilson writes about four trends that he believes will fundamentally change philanthropy in the near future. (HuffPo, 11/18)

– In other news of disruption, Nathan Cummings Foundations head Simon Greer just convinced his board to almost completely shift its portfolio of grantmaking to two causes – inequality and climate change. (Chronicle, 11/18)

LOCAL | D.C. Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins talks with the National Journal about how our local economy is much bigger than just the federal government. (NJ, 11/19)

WORKFORCE | Group Wants a Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative (CP, 11/19) Phew, at first I thought it read, “Group Wants a Minimum Wage Ballet Initiative.” Who would want to watch a minimum wage ballet performance?

POVERTY/POLITICS | The Post has an article about how Paul Ryan is planning a major anti-poverty effort(WaPo, 11/19) I think there is a certain level of public cynicism when conservative politicians talk about fighting poverty.

At the same time, our nation’s anti-poverty efforts have thus far failed to solve our equity problems. Could a sweeping new plan from Ryan inject some much needed innovation into equation? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section (preferably in a nonpartisan way)!


Who would have guessed that Cookie Monster in drag could be so funny? Sesame Street has released a hilarious Hunger Games parody called The Hungry Games, featuring hero(ine) Cookieness Evereat. I think Oscar nominations are in order.

Also, I’m putting together some background music to play at our annual meeting this week. I think I’ll include this Van Morrison classic – Everyone.

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