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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

March 2018

A recent report from The Commonwealth Fund, Listening to Low-Income Patients, takes an in-depth look at how the physical and environmental conditions of neighborhoods shape the health of low-income individuals.

March 2018

A recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that housing instability is connected to poor health outcomes for low-income children and their caregivers. The study, Unstable Housing and Caregiver and Child Health in Renter Families, includes findings from interviews with caregivers of children up to age four in five urban medical centers from 2009 to 2015.

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