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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

August 2019

A recent issue brief from the American Hospital Association focuses on how hospitals are targeting the social determinants of health through investments in affordable housing. The brief also shares a new framework from the Center for Community Investment (CCI) that can help health care organizations assess their local community investment system.

August 2019

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines strategies, policies, and systems-level changes that can reduce health disparities among children and improve well-being in the earliest years.

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