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Children and Families

There is much work to be done to ensure that every child has a bright future. Health philanthropy is interested in a broad array of issues affecting the health and wellness of children and their families, from the perinatal period to early childhood, through the school-aged years, and on into adulthood. GIH designs programming that highlights the unmet needs of children and families as well as philanthropic strategies to address those needs.

Contact Osula Rushing for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

Spotlight
December 2017


First Focus’ Children’s Budget 2017 offers an annual detailed guide to federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth. Their latest review tracks 172 mandatory and discretionary programs whose funding is either entirely of partially dedicated to children’s health, early and K-12 education, nutrition, income security, housing, safety, training, and welfare. According to their analysis, children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017.


Spotlight
December 2017


Leveling the Playing Field for Rural Students is a new report from The School Superintendents Association, and The Rural School and Community Trust that describes how Congress can support or amend current federal policies to improve equity for the one in six children living in rural communities. One policy recommendation describes the role Congress can play in addressing health barriers that impede learning for rural children.


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