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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 2019

A blog post by Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of the California Endowment, commends the Supreme Court decision to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census and reminds funders and other stakeholders that more work is needed to ensure a complete count of all those living in the United States regardless of immigration status.

July 2019

A recent blog post by Robert Hughes, President & CEO of the Missouri Foundation for Health argues that discussions of our nation's safety net should include the benefits that all income groups receive, both the conventional safety net for the poor and the unseen safety net made available to more affluent Americans through our tax code. He states, "When we use the phrase 'safety net' we should begin with the simple fact that virtually all Americans benefit from public funding to help address health, housing, and other basic needs. Our task should be moving toward greater equity, based on the understanding that our current public safety net resources are tilted toward the wealthy, not the poor."

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