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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.

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December 2017

The Richmond Memorial Health Foundation recently released a report examining how housing affects health outcomes. The report, which analyzes current research on health and housing, was commissioned by the foundation to inform new grantmaking efforts to address the social determinants of health.

December 2017

The National Academy for State Health Policy released a new brief that explores strategies for addressing mental health and education disparities. As research grows about the underlying conditions that drive disparities, there is greater focus on developing approaches to improve educational attainment and health outcomes, especially among children of color.

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