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Despite some progress in reducing health disparities, systematic differences in health status and health outcomes persist for low-income individuals, communities of color, LGBTQ people, and other vulnerable populations. Health philanthropy plays a critical role in elevating and supporting strategies to eliminate health disparities. GIH works to inform and advise funders about opportunities to address health disparities and also highlights promising practices to advance health equity.

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

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June 2019

A recent study reveals communities of color are disproportionately affected by health disparities linked to air pollution. Published in the PNAS journal, the study finds that blacks and Hispanics are at greater risk for poor health outcomes as a result of exposure to particulate matter.

June 2019

A recent Washington Post editorial by Patricia Mathews, President of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, examines the hidden health disparities in the foundation's region. While Northern Virginia is home to some of the healthiest communities in the nation based on county health rankings data, the area also struggles with stark differences in life expectancy, access to health care, and physical conditions.

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