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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

March 2018

Finding Leverage Over the Social Determinants of Health: Insights from a Study of 33 Conversion Foundations by Doug Easterling and Laura McDuffee at Wake Forest School of Medicine explores the strategies employed by conversion foundations as they seek to influence the social determinants of health at the community level. The study, which focuses on 33 conversion foundations in 25 states, reveals how foundations are stimulating change across a broad spectrum of social and economic factors such as opportunities for job training, access to quality childcare, increasing civic engagement, improving high school graduation rates, and making it easier for ex-offenders to re-enter their communities.

March 2018

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences recently released a report highlighting the link between health disparities and health literacy for people with disabilities. The report shares findings and recommendations from the workshop, The Intersections Among Health Disparities, Disabilities, Health Equity, and Health Literacy, held in 2016.

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