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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

August 2019

The U.S. Census Bureau has launched address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.

July 2019

A recent blog post by Robert Hughes, President & CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health argues that discussions of our nation's safety net should include the benefits that all income groups receive, both the conventional safety net for the poor and the unseen safety net made available to more affluent Americans through our tax code. He states, "When we use the phrase 'safety net' we should begin with the simple fact that virtually all Americans benefit from public funding to help address health, housing, and other basic needs. Our task should be moving toward greater equity, based on the understanding that our current public safety net resources are tilted toward the wealthy, not the poor."

Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    September 10, 2019 1:00 pm

    The 2010 Census missed over 2 million young children, most of which were left off the form by families who responded. Join this webinar to learn more about why families have left children in their households off the census in the past and how to develop persuasive messages to ensure young children are not missed in 2020.

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