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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.

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Spotlight
October 2018


The 2020 census faces a major problem – undercounting young children, especially those in low-income or immigrant families. These children and families face the consequences for years, including decreased funding for necessary supports, such as food programs, affordable housing, and education. On October 8, 2018, the Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable hosted a webinar examining the challenges inherent in counting young children in the 2020 census and exploring ways funders can help to minimize this undercount.



Spotlight
October 2018

Two new resources from the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and The Census Project explore the importance and operation of the 2020 census in rural communities. "Counting Rural America: A Guide to 2020 Census Operations" describes how the census will be conducted in rural areas and identifies strategies to ensure a more accurate count in these communities. "Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural America: Defining, Understanding, and Investing in Rural Communities" explores how census data are used to determine which areas are considered rural, to inform other surveys that characterize rural residents, and to make funding decisions for federal programs that serve those residents.


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