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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.

Issue Spotlight

September 2017

A recent Kaiser Health News article highlights the lack of diversity in clinical trials and need for better data to address health disparities. The article examines the low number of Latinos who participate in clinical trials. Less than eight percent of clinic trial enrollees are Latino, even though they make up 17 percent of the U.S. population.

September 2017

New research shows racial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments may be linked to social factors such as racism and poverty. Recent studies suggest that the stress African Americans are more likely to face from poor living conditions and chronic unemployment can have long-term health impacts on the brain.

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