Medicine and Health

For more than 60 years, the Foundations have given to hospitals, medical schools, hospice programs and other healthcare initiatives that have enhanced medical education, the patient experience and the quality of healthcare in America. For the first 30 years, the Foundations were focused on palliative care and making end of life care widely available to the American population. Over the last 15 years, our program focus has been to improve the human dimension of patient care through innovative approaches to “caring attitudes” of doctors, nurses and medical personnel across our healthcare system.

Professor Marc Montminy and postdoctoral fellow Yiguo Wang discovered a molecular switch that may represent a new avenue for treating insulin-resistant type II diabetes.
Courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

In November 2014, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Trustees decided to end our recent philanthropic support for "caring attitudes" in healthcare programs and seek to broaden our focus to medicine, health and possibly medical research in the coming years. Throughout 2015 and 2016, the trustees are engaged with thought leaders nationwide to explore future philanthropic priorities in medicine and health. By early 2017 we will announce the results of our review. No proposals will be accepted in 2015 and 2016 in the medicine and health program. 


To answer general questions that may result from these programmatic changes, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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