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Philanthropy engages society's biggest challenges and can have a powerful voice. From time to time, GIA members raise their voices through op-eds, interviews, and other media. This new space will collect and share those pieces (see below).

As a nonpartisan member-serving organization, GIA does not take or promote policy positions, but we believe that there is value in helping GIA members hear and engage one another.

GIA members, if you'd like to start a discussion thread, log in to the Member portal; then click on Policy Discussions under the Forum heading.

Published Views from GIA Members


New Findings About Aging in America: The Top Hopes and Worries
Shelley Lyford, President & CEO of West Health and Gary and Mary West Foundation, writes about the findings of the West Health Institute/NORC Survey on Aging in America, one of the most comprehensive surveys on aging in America, which surveyed more than 3,000 adults. (Published in The Hufington Post, March 22, 2017)

Making Dementia Caregiving Support More Available To Those Who Need It
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation, on efforts to bring evidence-based dementia support programs to the attention of social service agencies. (Published in The Huffington Post March 23, 2017)

Health Care Needs a Better System for Importing Ideas From Abroad
David Blumenthal, MD, president of The Commonwealth Fund, writes in the Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" column that, "With political winds potentially changing the U.S. health-care system—yet again—it’s tempting to look inward, rather than outward for solutions. That means opportunities may be lost to learn from innovations abroad in the delivery of health-care services." (Published in The Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2017)

Let's Work Together to Improve Care for Older Adults with Complex Needs
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation, blogs about the Playbook for Better Care, which the Foundation co-funds with the Commonwealth Fund, The SCAN Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Peterson Center on Healthcare.  (Published in Health Affairs Grantwatch, February 14, 2017)

Keeping Perspective During Turbulent Times
David Blumenthal, MD, president of the Commonwealth Fund, writes that "A critical role in preserving our values and our institutions falls to nongovernmental organizations that constitute our civil society." (Published on the To the Point blog, February 7, 2017)

Medicaid block grants — bigger threat to US healthcare than ACA repeal  
by Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America, one of the largest health and human services nonprofit networks in the United States serving one in 50 Americans each year. Lutheran Services in America is an affiliate member of GIA. (Published in The Hill, February 3, 2017)

Opportunity: Improve care for Americans who need it most
by Bruce Chernof, MD, President and CEO of the SCAN Foundation. (Published January 20, 2017 in McKnight's)