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.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation recently announced a new grant to support improved care for medically underserved patients in New Jersey. The Cooper Foundation, the philanthropic arm of a health care system in New Jersey, was awarded $982,000 to link Medicaid patients with heart disease to community supports and social services. The award reflects the foundation’s shift toward addressing the barriers that contribute to health disparities among vulnerable populations.
A recent issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the growing disparities among immigrant families linked to current deportation and detainment policies. The report reveals the long-term effects of having a member of the household detained or deported, including trauma, mental illness, and decreased use of food assistance and medical care programs due to fear.
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Investing in Latino Leadership for Health Equity and Justice
September 14, 2018
Kristina Gray-Akpa, Grantmakers In Health
Supporting Young Men and Boys of Color: Targeting as a Case for Health Equity
May 17, 2016
Maisha Simmons, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Innovations in Health Equity
February 18, 2016