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Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies

Public policy engagement is a key strategy for ensuring sustainable improvements in population health. As a result, health philanthropy plays a vital and unique role in the public policy process. GIH works to build understanding between health grantmakers and policymakers, and supports grantmakers in their efforts to advance policy change.

Contact Eileen Salinsky for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

November 2018

The Fiscal Policy Institute has released a new report that details the level of investment the state of New York should provide to support statewide census education and outreach by community-based organizations. The report's methodology assumes all people in hard-to-count groups get basic outreach from community-based organizations at an estimated cost of $2 per person, ten percent of the hard-to-count population receives a moderate level of outreach at a cost of $25 per person, and five percent of the hard-to-count population receive an intensive level of outreach at $75 per person. Based on these calculations, the Fiscal Policy Institute is calling for the state of New York to dedicate $40 million in next year’s budget for community-based organizations to do outreach around the 2020 Census, in addition to whatever funds the state commits to its own outreach and media campaigns and funding to local governments.

October 2018

Two new resources from the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and The Census Project explore the importance and operation of the 2020 census in rural communities. "Counting Rural America: A Guide to 2020 Census Operations" describes how the census will be conducted in rural areas and identifies strategies to ensure a more accurate count in these communities. "Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural America: Defining, Understanding, and Investing in Rural Communities" explores how census data are used to determine which areas are considered rural, to inform other surveys that characterize rural residents, and to make funding decisions for federal programs that serve those residents.

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