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 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shares community-based solutions and strategies to promote health equity. Developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pathways to Health Equity, outlines the structural and systemic factors that drive health inequities such as housing, education, poverty, and discrimination.
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.
An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and CommunitiesJanuary 30, 2018 • La Jolla, California - West Health Institute
This immersive, one-day, funders-only workshop offering an important opportunity to explore evidence-based innovations and models of care that improve health equity and champion system transformation addressing critical social determinants of health.
June 20, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois
Please Join GIH for the 2018 annual conference in Chicago: Navigating Currents of Change
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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