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Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies

Public policy engagement is a key strategy for ensuring sustainable improvements in population health. As a result, health philanthropy plays a vital and unique role in the public policy process. GIH works to build understanding between health grantmakers and policymakers, and supports grantmakers in their efforts to advance policy change.

Contact Eileen Salinsky for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

July 2017

A new white paper "Creating a Healthier Colorado" describes the Colorado Health Foundation's journey to creating and endowing a 501(c)(4) organization. Beginning in 2011 when the foundation began to transition its nonprofit tax status from public charity to private foundation, Colorado Health Foundation looked for creative ways to sustain – and even increase – the influence of Colorado’s health advocates. A willingness to stretch beyond the conventional led the foundation to do something unprecedented: to create and endow Healthier Colorado, a separate and independent 501(c)(4) political organization that was free to actively engage in direct lobbying with policymakers, as well as organize and activate Coloradans to speak up about important health policy issues.

June 2017

The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT), a state-wide tenants-rights organization in Oregon, has identified no-cause evictions and lifting the ban on rent-stabilization as top legislative priorities. With funding from Northwest Health Foundation's Kaiser Permanente Community Fund, CAT initiated the Tenant Leadership Council to shape and advocate for House Bill 2004 which prohibits landlords from terminating month to month leases without cause. The Council is mobilizing tenants to participate in various actions to advance the bill, including phone banking, visiting their legislators, hosting rallies and attending public hearings. The measure passed the Oregon House on April 4, 2017 and is being considered in the state Senate.

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