The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Support for Journalism

OVERVIEW: This foundation supports health journalism but doesn’t accept unsolicited funding requests. However, internships and fellowships are available for journalists for training in health reporting.

FUNDING AREAS: Health journalism and reporting 

IP TAKE: This is not a traditional journalism funder, but it’s a great organization to get involved with if you're a journalist interested in health issues.

PROFILE: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a leader in health policy analysis and health journalism. Unlike a traditional grantmaker, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism, and communications programs. These are often in partnership with major news organizations. The foundation provides media internships and fellowships to help journalists learn more about health policy issues through site visits and discussions with experts, reporters, and editors.

Kaiser has had a fellowship program for journalists since 2011 that has been focused on the Affordable Care Act. The foundation has hosted webinars about health reform, and interactive web briefings for journalists on key issues. Another area is global health reporting, which include an annual reporting fellowship program to train and engage young journalists.

Kaiser Health News is a source of health policy journalism, and it has staff reporters, public radio station partners, and freelance contributors covering these issues. You can learn more about other Kaiser projects here. For example, there’s the Health Communication and Media Partnership Program that works with major media, health departments, and others, largely to address HIV/AIDS issues.

This foundation was established in the early 1990s and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. It is interested in national health issues and America’s role in global health policy. State, national, and global health policies are all of interest to this foundation. The foundation headquarters are in Menlo Park, California; it also has an office in Washington, D.C.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited funding requests. It also does not provide academic scholarships or loans. You can keep up with the foundation's activities and interests at its online newsroom.


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