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Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Reflections on Building Community Resilience

October 2017

In the immediate aftermath of natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, people require help with food, water, physical injuries, housing, and other survival concerns. Longer term, their needs are more complex

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September 2017
Health Funders and the Challenge of Shifting Funding Upstream

The uncertain future of the ACA has focused attention for the past several months on policies related to health care, but we should not lose sight of the factors outside of the health care system that profoundly shape health. Community development, housing, and domestic violence—all discussed in this month’s Bulletin—are among them.

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August 2017
Health Funders and the Fight for the Future of Health Care

As part of our 35th anniversary celebration, we reached out to GIH board members and board alumni to share their advice to health funders about the primary challenges that philanthropy should be tackling. As described in my July letter, several pointed out the contributions health funders have made—and can continue to make—to policy change.

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July 2017
Philanthropy Talks to Philanthropy

The annual conference showed again this year why it is the premier opportunity for health funders to talk to their peers about challenges, lessons learned, and the path forward.

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June 2017
From Nathan’s to a National Network: Celebrating GIH’s 35th Anniversary

As legend has it, GIH began as a conversation among foundation program officers at a Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs restaurant in New Jersey, in 1978.

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May 2017
Transforming Health Care Delivery

A new GIH report describes an innovative and transformative approach to health care delivery called the Nuka System of Care.

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April 2017
Awarding Excellence in Advocacy and Philanthropy

Please join us in celebrating the contributions of Chet Hewitt and Ron Pollack!

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March 2017
Healthy Water, Healthy People

I am pleased to announce that GIH is partnering with a collaborative of funders known as the Water Funder Initiative to launch “Healthy Water, Healthy People,” a year-long initiative that will highlight the importance of this issue and explore philanthropic partnerships.

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February 2017
Helping Funders Adapt to a Changing Policy Landscape

I recently joined local policy experts and colleagues from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and Grantmakers for Education (GFE) in a Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) forum on the 2016 presidential election’s implications for philanthropy.

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January 2017
Health Philanthropy in 2017

“Know your story,” Eric Kelly, President of the Quantum Foundation, urged the fellows at GIH’s recent Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. People’s stories, he explained, are the wellspring of values that provide enduring strength through both favorable and challenging times.

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December 2016
Facing Addiction

Last month, the first-ever Surgeon General's Report dedicated to substance use disorders was released.

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November 2016
Moving Forward Together

There’s a movement afoot within philanthropy to forge closer working relationships among affinity groups, regional associations, and other philanthropy-serving organizations.

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October 2016
Philanthropy’s Future Leaders

In 2010 GIH established the biannual Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy (TKI) as a living legacy through which Terrance Keenan’s words and deeds could inspire the field's future leaders.

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September 2016
Local Health Funders are Key Players in Local Policy

Policies made at the local level have a tremendous influence on people’s health. Whether it’s the quality of foods served in schools, water fluoridation, urban zoning, or minimum-wage requirements, the list of health-related policies determined or regulated at the local level is nearly endless.

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August 2016
In 2017, Boston Will Be the Place to Be

In case you’ve missed the news, we have a new location and date for the 2017 GIH annual conference. We’ll be in Boston, Massachusetts June 21-23, 2017. Now is the time to send us your fantastic ideas for breakout sessions, films, site visits, and the tech café!

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July 2016
Reaffirming GIH’s Mission and Values

Welcome to the new all-digital Bulletin! This issue is special for us in that it marks our transition from a printed newsletter to one that is housed entirely on our website. Now, here is what GIH has been focused on in recent weeks...

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