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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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February 2017

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Science recently released a report examining the impact of trauma and violence on communities. The report shares findings and presentations from the workshop, Community Violence as a Population Health Issue, held in June 2016 with support from the Aetna Foundation, New York State Health Foundation, Rippel Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

February 2017

New research points to alarming health inequities in the juvenile justice system and shows the devastating health impact of charging youth as adults. Released by Human Impact Partners and funded by The California Endowment, Sierra Health Foundation, and Akonadi Foundation, the health impact assessment evaluates the health consequences of policies that funnel youth into the adult court system.

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