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2017

April
  • Guide to Impact Investing
    April 19, 2017
    Faith Mitchell, Grantmakers In Health
    Meryl Dann, Grantmakers In Health

    This report builds on the 2011 GIH Guide to Impact Investing report with new information about the growth of the impact investment field, case studies of recent innovative investment techniques and projects, and an appendix on terminology, investment portfolio approaches, and strategies for financing impact investments.


    PDF Format Guide to Impact Investing 2017 — 186KB
    Subject Areas: Foundation Operations


2016

February


2015

December


November


October
  • Exiting Thoughtfully
    October 20, 2015
    Elizabeth Docteur, Grantmakers In Health

    Foundations that have adopted a limited-life approach have employed a number of principles to guide them in wrapping up their work. Several of these guidelines offer best practices for funders who are exiting from a field or retiring from grantmaking altogether. These lessons may in some cases also be relevant for foundations transitioning from an ongoing support model to a model of one-time/high-impact grants.


    PDF Format Exiting Thoughtfully
    Subject Areas: Foundation Operations


May


2013

November


October


  • Opportunities to Maximize Women's Health Under the Affordable Care Act
    October 24, 2013
    Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology and the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Therese Fitzgerald, PhD, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Laura Cohen, Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital

    As the key consumers, providers, and coordinators of health care, women will be uniquely affected by national health reform. Although the ACA addresses women’s health challenges, certain hurdles will persist unless specifically addressed. Philanthropy can play a crucial role to address these remaining challenges and foster real change in women’s health.


    PDF Format Women's Health Under the ACA (Executive Summary)

    PDF Format Women's Health Under the ACA (Full Report)
    Subject Areas: Health Reform


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2012

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2011

April


2010

August
  • Implementing Health Care Reform: Funders and Advocates Respond to the Challenge
    August 26, 2010

    With provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act set to take effect over the next four years, grantmakers and advocacy groups have been developing activities to address the early stages of health care reform implementation. This report is based on over 40 interviews with national and state grantmakers and advocacy organizations about their initial work around implementation. 


    PDF Format Full Report — 588KB
    Subject Areas: Health Reform


March




2009

November


March
  • Effective Community Programs to Fight Health Disparities
    March 24, 2009

    Eliminating disparities in health status and health care has been an area of substantial interest and programming among health funders at the national, state, and local levels for well over a decade. The latest findings from research and ongoing experience on the ground allow us to assess the progress being made. Engaging with communities in their fight against disparities is also becoming increasingly important to funders.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


  • Rural Health Care: Innovations in Policy and Practice
    March 24, 2009

    All too often discussions of rural health policy concentrate almost exclusively on the challenges in rural areas. But while it is true that rural America has not been immune to the effects of major economic and societal trends, rural areas’ responses to these challenges demonstrate that they are often ideal incubators for innovative policies and practices.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


2008

November


  • Strengthening the Performance and Effectiveness of the Public Health System
    November 17, 2008

    The public health system is the backbone of our nation’s health, but the existing public health infrastructure is inadequate to address the health challenges currently facing this country. Strengthening the Performance and Effectiveness of the Public Health System shares how health funders can improve the functionality of the public health system and develop capabilities, services, and competencies that enhance public health practice.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


February
  • Critical Services for Our Children: Integrating Mental and Oral Health into Primary Care
    February 25, 2008

    Grantmakers have long been interested in improving children’s access to health care. Yet, a number of services critical to children’s healthy growth and development—such as mental health and oral health services—fall outside the traditional primary care model. This fragmentation of services has contributed to access barriers and has compromised the quality of pediatric care. Growing awareness of the importance of mental health and oral health has resulted in a variety of innovative efforts to integrate these services into children’s health care.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


2007

November
  • Communicating for Policy Change
    November 5, 2007

    Health foundations have traditionally overlooked communications as an essential tool for achieving strategic goals and, instead, have preferred to engage in “FYI” communications such as issuing annual reports, newsletters, and press releases on foundation grants. As this GIH Issue Brief Communicating for Policy Change reports, this attitude has evolved into one where more and more grantmakers recognize the importance of communications in their own work, specifically efforts to influence health policy.


    PDF Format Full Report


February
  • Considering Quality: Engaging Consumers to Make Better Health Care Decisions
    February 26, 2007

    This Issue Brief examines the potential of consumers to use information to select high-quality health services and to become drivers of quality improvement at the systems level. Information tools for consumers, such as report cards on health plans and providers, decision support aides, and the Internet are discussed. It also takes a look at the roles foundations can play in developing and disseminating quality information for consumers, such as developing quality indicators; assessing the effectiveness of information technology, including the Internet; and funding advocacy efforts to ensure consumers have the information needed to make appropriate health care choices.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


  • Reversing the Obesity Epidemic: Policy Strategies for Health Funders
    February 22, 2007

    This report presents the rationale for using policy approaches to change food and physical activity environments. The report highlights the efforts of health funders supporting policy change in schools, food systems and sustainable agriculture, the built environment, and across communities. It also briefly examines trends and opportunities in health systems, workplaces, and state programs, and concludes with a discussion of challenges and opportunities for moving forward.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


2006

November


March
  • More Coverage, Better Care: Improving Children's Access to Health Services
    March 6, 2006

    Children's access to health care has been a longstanding policy issue, with strong bipartisan support for expanding insurance coverage and redesigning the health care delivery system in ways that benefit young people. Despite enormous progress made over the past two decades, however, millions of children remain unable to obtain needed health services. This Issue Brief covers how the current health care system succeeds and fails for children, emerging policy developments, what grantmakers are currently doing to promote children's access to health services, and lessons learned to help guide future work.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

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  • The Path to Policy Change: Practical Steps and Lessons from Health Funders
    March 6, 2006

    As part of its continuing mission to serve trustees and staff of health foundations and corporate giving programs, on November 3, 2005, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) convened nearly 80 grantmakers and a diverse group of individuals with expertise in different types of public policy work to discuss the challenges and opportunities for health funders interested in fostering systemic change. This report offers lessons learned about how to approach public policy work generally as well as those related to advocacy, communications, community organizing, data development and analysis, and evaluation.


    PDF Format Executive Summary

    PDF Format Full Report


2005

October
  • For the Benefit of All: Ensuring Immigrant Health and Well-Being
    October 31, 2005

    This Issue Brief explores the unique health, social, and policy issues that affect immigrant populations; it looks at attitudes toward immigration and how these influence support for social programs and the provision of public benefits; it highlights philanthropic activities to improve health care access and coverage for immigrants and their families; and discusses how grantmakers are working to ensure the health and well-being of immigrants in their communities.


    PDF Format Executive Summary


  • In Harm's Way: Aiding Children Exposed to Trauma
    October 28, 2005

    Every year, thousands of children nationwide experience trauma as a result of exposure to violence, abuse, natural disasters, severe illness or injury, loss of loved ones due to violence or accident, or forced relocation. This exposure can have both immediate and long-term effects on children's health and their ability to function fully in their families, schools, and communities. This Issue Brief focuses on the needs of children exposed to trauma, strategies for early identification and intervention, and ensuring the provision of timely and appropriate services to them and their caregivers.


    PDF Format November 2005


September
  • Building a Healthier Future: Partnering to Improve Public Health
    September 29, 2005

    GIH's latest Issue Brief Building a Healthier Future: Partnering to Improve Public Health combines the conversation of a one-day Issue Dialogue with a background paper to identify significant opportunities for grantmakers to partner with public health agencies at the local, state, and national levels, as well as with organizations outside of the traditional public health system, such as faith-based communities, employers, and community organizations. Specifically, this document will help further grantmaker efforts to build and sustain public health partnerships.


    PDF Format September 2005


March
  • Funding Health Advocacy
    March 1, 2005

    Funding Health Advocacy incorporates the essence and richness of the discussion at GIH's November 2004 Issue Dialogue on health advocacy with a background paper previously prepared for the meeting. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities involved with funding advocacy and engaging in public policy work. This Issue Brief complements GIH's ongoing work to support grantmakers in their efforts to fund policy-relevant projects and builds upon GIH's track record of work on grantmakers' strategies for shaping public policy.


    PDF Format February 2005


  • Improving Health Access in Communities: Lessons for Effective Grantmaking
    March 1, 2005

    Improving Health Access in Communities: Lessons for Effective Grantmaking highlights grantmaking lessons from two initiatives designed to help alleviate the burden of high uninsurance rates at the local level: Communities in Charge program, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and Community Voices, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This report details the valuable strategic lessons learned from these initiatives. Lessons related to developing community coalitions, creating successful grantor-grantee relationships, and understanding the comparative advantages of national and local funders are relevant to grantmakers funding or planning to fund in this and other health issues. 


    PDF Format February 2005 — 250KB


2004

November
  • Selling Healthy Lifestyles: Using Social Marketing to Promote Change and Prevent Disease
    November 8, 2004

    As a behavior change technique, social marketing has proven effective in motivating people to make the complex and difficult behavior changes that can improve health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. This Issue Brief uses the lens of tobacco prevention and cessation, physical activity, and healthy eating to examine how health grantmakers can use social marketing principles and techniques to encourage and support the adoption of healthier behaviors across the lifespan.


    PDF Format November 2004


February
  • Healthy Behaviors: Addressing Chronic Disease at Its Roots
    February 23, 2004

    Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke, and diabetes are among the most serious threats to the nation's health. This Issue Brief explores the contribution of specific behaviors to the development of chronic diseases and discusses how research on tobacco control can guide grantmakers interested in designing comprehensive strategies that help people adopt healthy behaviors and create environments that help people be successful in their efforts to live healthier lives.


    PDF Format February 2004


2003

August
  • In the Right Words: Addressing Language and Culture in Providing Health Care
    August 20, 2003

    This Issue Brief, based on an April 2003 Issue Dialogue, calls on grantmakers to take a leadership role in shaping the language access agenda to ensure that all individuals have equal access to quality health care. Sections include: recent immigration trends and demographic changes; the effect of language barriers on health outcomes and health care processes; laws and policies regarding the provision of language services to patients; strategies for improving language access; and roles for foundations in supporting improved language access, including examples of current activities.


    PDF Format August 2003


February
  • Strengthening the Public Health System for a Healthier Future
    February 6, 2003

    Based on a November 2002 Issue Dialogue, this Issue Brief examines the nation's public health infrastructure and explores opportunities for grantmakers to strengthen and sustain this fragile and troubled system. The report provides and overview of the nation's public health system and its infrastructure weaknesses. It also discusses the challenges faced by state and local public health agencies as they struggle to maintain and improve the health of the public while simultaneously preparing for the possibility of bioterrorism. Finally, the report looks at foundation strategies to help buttress the public health system's infrastructure.


    PDF Format February 2003


  • Turning the Tide: Preserving Community Mental Health Services
    February 4, 2003

    Across the country, the demand for community mental health services is growing at the same time that community mental health programs are in crisis as a result of inadequate financing and a shortage of appropriately trained providers. Nationwide, the imbalance between the supply of and demand for community mental health services is causing unnecessary personal suffering and imposing avoidable societal costs. This Issue Brief explores how health grantmakers can support community programs that provide critical mental health intervention and treatment services to children and adults.


    PDF Format February 2003


January


  • Positive Youth Development: A Pathway to Healthy Teens
    January 9, 2003

    Adolescence is the time when teens are laying the groundwork for their future health and well-being. This Issue Brief explores how grantmakers can apply youth development principles and asset-based strategies to their grantmaking to promote healthy development and healthy decisionmaking by the adolescents in their communities.


    PDF Format December 2002


2002

November
  • Examining E-Health
    November 6, 2002

    Based on a 2002 GIH roundtable meeting, this Issue Brief is intended to help health funders better understand the fluid and dynamic world of e-health. The report profiles the work of three foundations active in e-health: California HealthCare Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Tides Foundation. Their work illustrates the range of foundation activities related to e-health, including: providing leadership both within communities and at the state and national level, including stakeholder convenings, developing a better IT infrastructure within health care; unding research and development of new applications; improving technology literacy among patients and providers and providing technical assistance to potential users; enhancing privacy and security; supporting demonstration projects, evaluations, and quality measurement; acting as a catalyst for partnerships and collaborations; developing and disseminating tools, research, and best practices; and monitoring e-health activities.


    PDF Format November 2002


  • Rx for Progress: Putting Patient Safety Into Practice
    November 6, 2002

    This Issue Brief, based on a February 2002 GIH roundtable meeting, explores the work of foundations, government, research, and health care organizations to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. The report draws on both foundation and grantee experiences and highlights specific funding strategies, as well as emerging opportunities for foundations that wish to fund patient safety programs and research.


    PDF Format November 2002


February
  • Training the Health Workforce of Tomorrow
    February 22, 2002

    In 2001 GIH convened a group of grantmakers and national experts concerned about health workforce issues. This Issue Brief explores issues related to the supply, composition, and competency of the health workforce, and the role that these factors play in maintaining and improving the health status of individual patients and broader populations. Specifically, the report focuses on grantmaker activities in four areas: shifting the geographic distribution of the health workforce to ensure access in underserved areas; improving representation among racial and ethnic minorities; addressing the current shortage of nurses, particularly in inpatient settings; and improving health professionals' competency in addressing the complex health care needs of the elderly.


    PDF Format February 2002
    Subject Areas: Aging


  • Weighing in on Obesity: America's Growing Health Epidemic
    February 22, 2002

    The country is facing double threats: a dramatic increase in rates of overweight and obesity among children and adults, and an accompanying increase in diabetes and other conditions that threaten the lives and health of the nation's population. This Issue Brief helps health grantmakers understand the nature of today's epidemic and explore ways they can play a role in identifying and promoting effective prevention and intervention strategies, including tackling the root causes of the problem.


    PDF Format February 2002


2001

November
  • Filling the Gap: Strategies for Improving Oral Health
    November 27, 2001

    Oral health is a critical component of overall health and well-being. Diseases of the mouth can reduce the quality of life for those who are afflicted and result in lost work and school days. This Issue Brief reviews the burden of oral disease for society's most vulnerable populations, describes effective strategies for improving oral health, and highlights initiatives of foundations and corporate giving programs that are working to improve oral health.


    PDF Format November 2001


October
  • Early Childhood Development: Putting Knowledge Into Action
    October 26, 2001

    Positive early development is essential to the health and well-being of children, and to promoting their success now and in the future. This Issue Brief presents the latest research on early childhood development and explores strategies and opportunities for grantmakers interested in improving the quality and availability of services for young children and their families.


    PDF Format June 2001


July
  • Advancing Quality Through Patient Safety
    July 19, 2001

    The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 lives are lost annually as a result of preventable medical errors. This Issue Brief examines the response to the medical errors crisis across the health care delivery system, as well as how grantmakers working at the national, state, and local levels can contribute to advancing quality through reductions in medical errors and improvements in patient safety.


    PDF Format July 2001


May
  • Progress and Peril: Examining Antibiotic Resistance and Systemic Contaminants
    May 31, 2001

    This Issue Brief, based on an October 2000 Issue Dialogue, explores issues at the intersection of environment and health. It begins with a discussion of the increase in antibiotic resistance, likely factors that have contributed to this increase, and action by the public sector to limit this phenomenon. The report also provides an introduction to systemic contaminants, illustrating both their complexities and intervention strategies through case studies of well-known contaminants. Current grantmaker activities to address these issues are presented, as well as opportunities for future activities that cut across both of these broad issues.


    PDF Format April 2001


March
  • Raising the Value of Philanthropy
    March 21, 2001

    This report, based on a series of interviews with leaders in health philanthropy, focuses on the characteristics of foundation programs and assessment strategies that appear to be most effective.  It considers some of the seminal challenges facing the field and offers insights on operational structures and styles.


    PDF Format January 1999 — 173KB
    Subject Areas: Foundation Operations


  • Long-Term Care Quality: Facing the Challenges of an Aging Population
    March 16, 2001

    For all the sophistication of our health care system, the United States does not have a highly developed and supportive long-term care network that takes good care of its elderly. This Issue Brief offers an overview of the primary factors influencing the quality of long-term care services - including demographics, service providers, financing, and policy and regulation - and profiles innovative grantmaker programs.


    PDF Format April 2001


  • Strategies for Shaping Public Policy: A Guide for Health Funders
    March 7, 2001

    Many foundations have shed away from funding in public policy in part because of confusion over federal tax rules governing lobbying for nonprofit organizations.  As a guide to foundations on funding in health policy, this publication is intended to clear up some of the misconceptions and help funders engage in public policy work.  It also presents examples of the range of public policy activities now being undertaken by health funders.


    PDF Format January 2000 — 86KB


February
  • Coping With Managed Care: Responding to the Needs of the Elderly
    February 16, 2001

    This Issue Brief discusses the challenges surrounding Medicare managed care and its ability to meet the needs of elderly beneficiaries. The publication presents related trends, issues related to the elderly as active health care consumers, and grantmaker opportunities and lessons learned.


    PDF Format July 1999
    Subject Areas: Aging


  • Prevention & Women's Health: Making the Health Care System More Responsive to Women
    February 16, 2001

    Based on a 1999 GIH meeting with experts in community health, research, and government, this Issue Brief examines prevention and women's health. Taking an expansive definition of prevention, the report looks at health issues as they affect women across the life span. In addition to providing examples of various grantmaking strategies to improve women's health, the report concludes with 21 lessons for health grantmakers.


    PDF Format May 1999


  • Strategies for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
    February 16, 2001

    This Issue Brief, based on a May 2000 Issue Dialogue, begins by documenting disparities for six health conditions targeted by the federal government and explores some of the underlying causes of health disparities. The report presents examples of philanthropic strategies, as well as federal and state initiatives, and offers conclusions about the challenges foundations are likely to face in working to eliminate health disparities.


    PDF Format May 2000


  • Victims of Our Own Success: Will Immunization Remain the Paradigm of Effective Prevention?
    February 16, 2001

    Based on a GIH roundtable meeting, this Issue Brief examines the critical issue of childhood immunization and highlights the work of grantmakers and national experts who have made a major commitment to this issue. The explores the many factors influencing public acceptance of childhood immunization and the importance of ensuring and conveying accurate information to the public and policymakers. Current and potential roles for health philanthropy are also discussed.


    PDF Format June 2000
    Subject Areas: Population Health


  • Youth Mentoring: A Social Development Approach to Youth Health Promotion
    February 16, 2001

    When health is defined as the absence of illness and injury, youth fare well. But when that definition is broadened to include emotional, social, and environmental health issues, it becomes clear that youth face significant health problems and health risks. This Issue Brief highlights the work of grantmakers who are supporting mentoring as a strategy for addressing the root causes of adolescent health problems and promoting healthy youth development.


    PDF Format November 1999


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