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Grantmakers In Health is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people.

GIH Advocacy for the 2024 Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA)

The OAA provides critical services that address the social drivers of health for older adults. If the OAA is not reauthorized, it is set to expire on September 30, 2024. Grantmakers In Health (GIH) and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) announced a partnership last year to engage funders in advancing the reauthorization of this critical piece of legislation.

Support GIH and GIA's OAA Partnership

GIH and GIA are raising funds to support our advocacy work on the OAA, and we still need additional investments to reach our goal. Please reach out to Cecilia Kramer at ckramer@gih.org for more information. We are appreciative of the funders who have already supported this partnership. 

Announcing GIH's 2024 Policy Priorities

GIH seeks to take a more active role in defining the key issues that will advance better health for all and support health philanthropy with thought leadership and programming to make a lasting impact by influencing advocacy, policy, and funding in targeted areas

This policy agenda identifies our public policy priorities for the coming year. We selected priorities that effect policy and systems change towards health and health equity; align with GIH’s strategic plan; are actionable, timely, relevant, evidence-based, and realistic for GIH’s involvement; galvanize staff, Board, Funding Partners, and health philanthropy; leverage GIH’s organizational resources and unique positioning to lead; and allow GIH to remain nonpartisan. We hope these priorities will also inspire the field of health philanthropy and encourage greater collaboration and commitment to common policy goals among funders. We look forward to working with funders and others to advance this agenda.

GIH Health Policy Update Newsletter

An Exclusive Resource for Funding Partners

The Health Policy Update is a new monthly newsletter produced in collaboration with Trust for America’s Health. Drawing on GIH’s policy priorities outlined in our policy agenda and our strategic objective of increasing our policy and advocacy presence, the Health Policy Update provides GIH Funding Partners with a range of federal health policy news.

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Day 3 – Looking Ahead: A Year of Bold Action

The final day of the 2024 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy doubled down on a theme we’ve seen throughout our time in Portland. Even if you fund a specific program or issue area, your philanthropy has broader and more profound impacts. Throughout the conference, attendees were encouraged to approach their philanthropy in innovative and new ways. We are excited to hear about your courageous steps to widen your viewpoints, advocacy, and philanthropy in the weeks and months ahead.

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Day 2 – Learning from Philanthropy’s Courageous Leaders

On Day 2 of the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, the sun emerged and highlighted Portland’s natural beauty. Attendees kicked off this warm summer day with a power walk, networking breakfasts, breakout sessions, and quick takes before the annual Terrance Keenan and Andy Hyman Awards Plenary Luncheon, which honored two incredible leaders in health philanthropy and equity.

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Recent Reports

Advancing Health and Creating Lasting Impact: MacKenzie Scott’s Grants to Health Foundations

In 2019, MacKenzie Scott announced that she was stepping into the world of philanthropy to give away her multi-billion-dollar fortune “until the safe is empty”. She has kept her word—to date, she has given away $16.5 billion. Her initial process for choosing which organizations would receive grants was shrouded in mystery. From 2019 to 2023, Scott used a process she termed “quiet research” to identify possible grantee organizations. The lucky organizations received a call from Scott’s consultants, who let them know they were receiving a grant for immediate use however they would like to spend it. In the Fall of 2022, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) became one of those grantee organizations, along with more than 20 health foundations. Two additional GIH Funding Partner organizations received gifts in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

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Tracking the Field: Health Workforce Strategies

2024 Survey Summary: Health Workforce Strategies

Concerns about the supply, diversity, cultural responsiveness, geographic distribution, and safety of the health workforce have reached a critical level across the country. Philanthropy has a role to play in maximizing the health workforce to achieve patient safety, provider well-being, equitable access, care quality, and improved health outcomes. Therefore, GIH recently conducted a survey to learn about funders’ strategies related to their health workforce investments.

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The Story of Care: A Snapshot of the Care Narrative Change Landscape

At some point, every one of us will need care or need to provide care. The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions of caregivers and exposed the failings caused by our nation’s lack of care policies, especially for communities of color. Deploying narrative-change strategies across care-related issues will help create the conditions for cultural and policy progress. The goal of this report is to share with funders the promising narrative-change strategies and tactics that have been identified, a directory of funders and grantees who are supporting this work, and how philanthropy can best support this effort.

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Perspectives From Health Philanthropy

Exploring the Packard Foundation’s U.S. Reproductive Health Initiative

The Packard Foundation has a long history of funding efforts that protect, regain, and expand access to abortion and contraception and funding innovations to expand access to these services as part of its U.S. Reproductive Health initiative. To explore the foundation’s current work, specifically at the state level, Grantmakers In Health’s Miranda Wesley spoke with the Packard Foundation’s U.S. Reproductive Health Director, Elizabeth Arndorfer.

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A New Philanthropic Approach to Supporting the Health and Capacity of Rural Communities

To understand health and wellness in rural America, it has been suggested that you need to find a trusted intermediary inside the region that is walking hand-in-hand with the community. Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group describes this type of intermediary as a Rural Development Hub. Rural Development Hubs focus on advancing an asset-based, wealth-building approach to rural community engagement and economic development. This inherently includes increasing the health and wellness of the community and its residents; increasing local ownership of all types of assets from cultural, social, financial to political, attracting external resources and funding; and it always includes low-income, under resourced people and places. Hubs seek to transform regions by treating root causes of multigenerational poverty and disease by shifting the balance of power and developing a stronger power base in the community and with those most impacted by the issues at hand.

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Expanding Youth Mental Health in Philadelphia Schools

Youth in the United States are in crisis. Rates of depression and anxiety in children have been on the rise, the result of factors like social media, pandemic related issues like isolation, and trauma from gun violence and poverty. Between 2016 and 2020, diagnoses of depression in youth ages 3-17 increased by nearly 30 percent and were higher for children of color and LGBTQ children according to a 2022 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Upcoming Webinars

Roundtable Discussion for Health Funders’ Policy Staff

Join this informal roundtable discussion to connect with your peers, explore pressing issues, and share your experiences to advance policy change.  

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Roundtable Discussion for Health Funders’ Policy Staff

Join this informal roundtable discussion to connect with your peers, explore pressing issues, and share your experiences to advance policy change. 

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Roundtable Discussion for Health Funders’ Policy Staff

Join this informal roundtable discussion to connect with your peers, explore pressing issues, and share your experiences to advance policy change.  

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Policy and Research Associate

The New York Health Foundation is seeking applications for a Policy and Research Associate. This person will serve as a key member of the Policy and Research team, working closely with the Director of Policy and Research and another Policy and Research Associate.

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Executive Director

The next Executive Director of Cancer Wellness Center will be a proven visionary leader with a minimum of ten to fifteen years professional experience of progressive leadership experience including five years of Senior Management and, most importantly, will have a deep and abiding passion for the mission of Cancer Wellness Center and the individuals and families it serves.

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Associate Director of Advancement

This role is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious fundraising professional to bring project management skills, relationship management experience, and appetite for growth to a dynamic organization at the forefront of the movement to heal systemic and interpersonal violence.

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Executive Director

The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead an already successful foundation to make an even greater impact in the industry and, most importantly, on the lives of patients with breast cancer.  The organization has evolved from being a volunteer-run operation, supported by a handful of donors, to an organization with national reach, professional staff, and a Board with solid institutional knowledge, and a wellspring of fresh ideas and energy from its newer members.

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FEATURED POSITION

Grant Program Specialist

We have an opportunity to join the Alliance as a Grant Program Specialist in the Community Grants Department which aligns the Alliance’s community investments with our strategic priorities and the needs of our local communities. We also help realize the Alliance’s vision of healthy people, healthy communities by making Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program funding available to the provider network and local organizations that serve a high volume of Medi-Cal members.

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