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.
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.
Anthony Shih, president of United Hospital Fund, authors this Health Affairs article discussing the intersection of the social determinants of health and the health care delivery system, commenting on the role of philanthropy.
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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