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.
In a new Commonwealth Fund report, Medicaid policy expert Deborah Bachrach and colleagues detail six practical strategies for supporting the capacity of Medicaid plans and their network providers to address social issues. For example, the report explores how states can classify selected social services as covered Medicaid benefits; use value-based payments to support provider investment in effective interventions; and financially reward Medicaid plans that are responsive to clients’ social needs.
New research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and NPR shows how discrimination affects health and well-being. The report series, Discrimination in America, examines the experiences and perceptions of discrimination among African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, whites, LGBTQ adults, men and women.
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Most Recent Publications
Confronting a Public Health Crisis: Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons
October 11, 2017
Laura Markle Downton, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Jessica Sandoval, American Civil Liberties Union
Connecting the Dots: Equitable Local Economies Create Healthy People
September 13, 2017
Amy Hartzler, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Leslie Lindo, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Health and Housing: Empowering Older Adults
September 13, 2017
Nancy Rockett Eldridge, National Well Home Network
Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing
Nancy Zweibel, PhD, The Retirement Research Foundation