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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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March 2019

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently published a report that examines the health inequities linked to mass incarceration. People who are incarcerated are more likely to experience chronic health conditions, higher mortality rates, and limited opportunities to housing, education, employment, and other upstream factors necessary for health.

March 2019

The Build Healthy Places Network recently released the Principles for Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities. The principles offer a framework to help guide partnerships that bridge community development, health, government, finance, and philanthropic sectors aimed at improving upstream health and community well-being.

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