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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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November 2017

A recent Health Affairs article explores how Empire Health Foundation has built effective partnerships with tribal communities. Based in Eastern Washington, the foundation has worked to engage and develop relationships with local Native American tribes including the Spokane, Colville, and Kalispel.

November 2017

A recent article shows health disparities in smoking rates persist among low-income and other vulnerable populations. The article, which appears in The Nation’s Health, describes how the tobacco industry continues to make inroads into low-income communities despite widespread public health smoking cessation and prevention efforts.

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