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.
A recent Health Affairs Grantwatch post examines how the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation has shifted its grantmaking to a focus on health equity. The piece also highlights the need for greater understanding of the historical context, assumptions, and narratives that perpetuate inequities and drive health disparities.
From sidewalks to toxic stress, evidence shows where people live has a greater impact on health than medical care, behavior, or genetics. This new scan of the field explores how grantmakers are addressing neighborhood factors that influence the health of communities such as housing, community development, the built environment, and transportation.
July 26, 2018 2:00 pm
Cosponsored with EITC Funders Network
Join this webinar to learn about the importance of EITC in improving health, explore examples of how philanthropy is engaging in this work, and increase cross-sectoral connections between health and economic security funders.
June 12, 2019 • Seattle, Washington
Please Join GIH for the 2019 annual conference in Seattle
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June 20, 2018
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An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and CommunitiesJanuary 30, 2018
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Most Recent Publications
Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing Neighborhood Conditions That Shape Health
June 12, 2018
Kristina Gray-Akpa, Grantmakers In Health
Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health
March 9, 2018
Kathy Ko Chin, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Clean and Safe Drinking Water: A Cornerstone of Healthy Lives
January 19, 2018
Wade Crowfoot, The Water Foundation