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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

December 2018

The Jefferson Regional Foundation recently awarded $1 million to Allegheny Health Network’s Jefferson Hospital to address the social needs and other upstream factors that affect patients who visit the hospital's emergency department. The grant is the largest in the foundation's history and includes funding for a community health needs assessment, staff training, a data system, and working with partners to tackle social determinants of health such as housing and food security.

December 2018

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials recently released a resource guide that shares strategies for building partnerships that use housing as a platform to improve health outcomes. The resource guide includes recommendations for public health leaders, healthcare systems, housing agencies, and social service providers seeking opportunities to foster cross-sector collaboration.

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