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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

June 2019

A recent study reveals communities of color are disproportionately affected by health disparities linked to air pollution. Published in the PNAS journal, the study finds that blacks and Hispanics are at greater risk for poor health outcomes as a result of exposure to particulate matter.

June 2019

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a report highlighting the relationship between health and wealth. The report explores a growing body of research that shows a higher level of wealth is tied to health outcomes such as lower rates of chronic illness, higher life expectancy, and less likelihood of smoking and obesity.

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