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Social Determinants of Health

Achieving health equity requires innovative solutions that address the social determinants of health. Health funders are engaged in a broad range of efforts that target the social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health. These include upstream factors such as structural racism, employment, education, housing, and neighborhood conditions. GIH programming focuses on the multiple pathways and approaches foundations are investing in to tackle the root causes of health inequity.

Contact Kristina Gray-Akpa for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

June 2018

Kristina Gray-Akpa, Grantmakers In Health

From sidewalks to toxic stress, evidence shows where people live has a greater impact on health than medical care, behavior, or genetics. Based on a survey of 66 Funding Partners, this scan of the field explores how grantmakers are addressing neighborhood factors that influence the health of communities such as housing, community development, the built environment, and transportation.

June 2018

The Association of American Medical Colleges recently released Social Justice Behind and Beyond the Bars: Criminal Justice Health and Academic Medicine Toolkit, an online resource that aims to raise awareness about the links between health and criminal justice.

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting
    June 20, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois

    Please Join GIH for the 2018 annual conference in Chicago: Navigating Currents of Change

  • Webinar
    July 26, 2018 2:00 pm

    Cosponsored with EITC Funders Network. Join this webinar to learn about the importance of EITC in improving health, explore examples of how philanthropy is engaging in this work, and increase cross-sectoral connections between health and economic security funders. Speakers include Kelli Komro of Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Padmini Parthasarathy of The California Wellness Foundation, and Yanique Redwood of the Consumer Health Foundation.

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