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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

October 2017

A recent Health Affairs blog post explores potential strategies for combating implicit bias among health care providers. Research has shown patients of color routinely face prejudice and unequal treatment by doctors because of implicit bias. For instance, black patients are often less likely to receive adequate pain treatment compared to white patients, even with the same condition.

October 2017

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently shared research and resources highlighting the impact of immigration status on health. As current events and policies bring attention to the challenges and disparities faced by immigrant communities, growing evidence shows immigration and deportation laws can have dire consequences when it comes to the health of children and families.

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