“Health system managers, payers, and policy makers…have a responsibility to ensure that end-of-life care is compassionate, affordable, sustainable, and of the best quality possible.”—Dying in America, the Institute of Medicine
Although he looks young, Bruce Katz has been a leader in urban public policy for decades and has the experience to explain why the nation’s response to the Los Angeles riots of 1992 was so different from the lethargic response to Ferguson and Baltimore today.
While 50 million Americans are unable to afford their prescriptions, $5 billion in prescription drugs are thrown away every year. In 38 states, agencies are matching these drugs to low-income people, thus saving funds and saving lives.
This hard-hitting article from the ironically-named blog “Africa is a Country” voices a number of civil society issues that are transferable to the U.S.—the deep-seated lack of diversity in governance, and the philanthropic savior who profits from systemic oppression during the day and receives charitable praise in the evening for instance. There is much here that may be uncomfortably familiar.
The tragic death of Freddie Gray had roots in Baltimore’s history of racial inequities and problems of police-community relations, but to conclude that an increase in the city’s acceptance of charter schools might be a prominent solution seems like a big, non-racial non sequitur.
Nine months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and more than three years after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the House of Representatives finally held a committee hearing on the deteriorating relations between police departments and black communities. Based on the grandstanding that ensued in the hearing, no progress whatsoever was made.
The Brookings Center for Social Dynamics and Policy along with the World Food Center of UC Davis presented research on the economic costs of obesity. If todays’ 12.7 million obese youth stay obese in adulthood, the price tag could be a staggering $1.1 trillion.
The Hedge Clippers group in New York has produced a tough analysis of the hedge fund billionaires behind the Robin Hood Foundation, suggesting that their philanthropy is outweighed by what they do to promote policies that exacerbate income inequality.
Every four years, nonprofit housing groups wait…and wait…and wait…to hear a presidential candidate say something meaningful about what they will do to increase affordable housing. This CBPP analysis explains why affordable housing should be a high-priority election issue.
If it weren’t for the productive capacities of nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) in New Jersey, the state would be short tens of thousands of affordable housing units and billions in economic activity.
The second year of the Council on Foundations’ Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge begins with more than $106 million in new commitments and revealing lessons about collaboration from the foundations working to help America’s returning war veterans.