Health

Dentists Accuse Delta Dental of Violating Nonprofit Rules
June 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

A group of dentists at odds with the Massachusetts' largest dental insurer are accusing the company of violating nonprofit rules and engaging in anticompetitive behavior, and they’re asking Attorney General Maura Healey’s office to investigate. The dentists detailed their complaints against Delta Dental of Massachusetts in an 11-page letter to Healey, penned by their lawyer, James…

New App Encourages Businesses to Stop Wasting Food
June 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

Feeding America has 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs and is continuing to grow. Its dedication to ending hunger in the U.S. has led them to their next initiative: MealConnect. In partnership with Google.org, General Mills and Walmart Foundation, Feeding America created a technology platform that makes it easier...

Charitable Groups Pledge $1.2B to Global Polio Eradication Initiative
June 13, 2017 at 11:49 am

The public health world is gearing up once again for a final push to eradicate polio and, with only five cases recorded in the world so far this year, that elusive goal seems tantalizingly within reach. On Monday, representatives of charitable groups and governments gathered at the Rotary convention in Atlanta and pledged an additional…

Anthony Rizzo Donates $3.5M Toward Children’s Cancer Treatments
May 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will donate $3.5 million to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, his foundation announced. The donation will be used to lend financial assistance to families who have trouble covering the cost of their children’s cancer treatments. The hospital has also renamed a waiting room after the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. Rizzo…

The Homeless Don’t Deserve Our Help
May 10, 2017 at 9:33 am

Distance from groups that are unlike ours is more difficult to close. People who are viewed as “too different” from us can completely shut down our ability to connect with them. For most Americans, the homeless fall into this psychological no-man’s land...

Zuckerberg, Chan's Philanthropy Backs Effort to Change Scientific Publishing
April 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic investment vehicle created by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, MD, will fund an effort to allow biologists to share drafts of papers before they are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals like Nature or Science. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cori Bargmann, the president…

Nonprofit Working to Block Drug Imports
April 24, 2017 at 9:22 am

A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America or PhRMA, the powerful lobbying group that includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer. The nonprofit called the Partnership for Safe Medicines has recently emerged as a leading voice against Senate bills…

Nonprofit Group Commits $30M for New Omaha VA Facility
April 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

A nonprofit corporation announced Wednesday that it's signed an agreement with federal officials to raise $30 million for a new veterans outpatient clinic in Omaha. Officials said it's the first of five public-private pilot projects nationwide for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The local money will be added to $56 million already appropriated for the…

AHF Backs $300M Fund to Contain Future Infectious Disease Outbreaks
April 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

On Apr. 17, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) offered its backing for a special $300 million fund in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to contain and eradicate future emerging infectious disease epidemics. “When an outbreak of an infectious disease occurs, time is of the essence. We learned a tragic lesson 30 years ago,…