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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.

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January 2018

A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shares community-based solutions and strategies to promote health equity. Developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pathways to Health Equity, outlines the structural and systemic factors that drive health inequities such as housing, education, poverty, and discrimination.

January 2018

New research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and NPR shows how discrimination affects health and well-being. The report series, Discrimination in America, examines the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, whites, LGBTQ adults, men and women.

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