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Social Determinants of Health

Achieving health equity requires innovative solutions that address the social determinants of health. Health funders are engaged in a broad range of efforts that target the social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health. These include upstream factors such as structural racism, employment, education, housing, and neighborhood conditions. GIH programming focuses on the multiple pathways and approaches foundations are investing in to tackle the root causes of health inequity.

Contact Kristina Gray-Akpa for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight


Spotlight
July 2018

A recent Health Affairs Grantwatch post examines how the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation has shifted its grantmaking to a focus on health equity. The piece also highlights the need for greater understanding of the historical context, assumptions, and narratives that perpetuate inequities and drive health disparities.


Spotlight
July 2018


From sidewalks to toxic stress, evidence shows where people live has a greater impact on health than medical care, behavior, or genetics. This new scan of the field explores how grantmakers are addressing neighborhood factors that influence the health of communities such as housing, community development, the built environment, and transportation.


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