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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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Spotlight
August 2018

From sidewalks to toxic stress, evidence shows where people live has a greater impact on health than medical care, behavior, or genetics. This new 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.


Spotlight
August 2018


Anthony Shih, president of United Hospital Fund, authors this Health Affairs article discussing the intersection of the social determinants of health and the health care delivery system, commenting on the role of philanthropy.


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