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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

October 2017

A new report from the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities examines how grantmakers can partner with anchor institutions to build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. Anchored in Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies shares case studies of how foundations are collaborating with anchors such as hospitals, universities, libraries, and municipal governments.

October 2017

A new report from the Prevention Institute highlights the public health impacts of displacement and also looks closely at how researchers, practitioners, and advocates can improve community conditions without contributing to gentrification.

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