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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 2018

Kaiser Permanente recently announced a new impact investing effort that will provide up to $200 million to address homelessness, affordable housing, and housing instability. The investment will be made through Kaiser’s Thriving Communities Fund and aims to bring greater attention to the relationship between housing and health outcomes. The initiative will include a focus on preventing displacement in communities affected by rapid development, improving access to supportive housing, and making affordable homes healthier and more environmentally sound.

October 2018

A recent issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the growing disparities among immigrant families linked to current deportation and detainment policies. The report reveals the long-term effects of having a member of the household detained or deported, including trauma, mental illness, and decreased use of food assistance and medical care programs due to fear.

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