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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

May 2017

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced a new phase of Forward Promise, an initiative designed to support boys and young men of color. Started in 2012, Forward Promise has invested in efforts that promote health for boys and young men of color and address the factors that affect their health such as toxic stress, racism, violence, and poverty.

May 2017

A recent post on the Build Healthy Places Network blog highlights efforts in Rhode Island to create health equity zones throughout the state. Ten health equity zones have been created in communities with poor health outcomes as a way to prevent chronic diseases, improve birth outcomes, and address the social and environmental conditions of neighborhoods.

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