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2023 Year in Review

February 20, 2024
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The 2023 Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Year in Review report explores a year’s worth of innovative programming, details the launch of GIH’s inaugural policy agenda, provides an update on the ongoing implementation of GIH’s strategic plan, and previews GIH’s priorities for 2024.

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The Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy

Nominate a Rising Star for the 2024 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.

The nomination period is now open! The program emphasizes leadership development, exploration of critical issues facing the field, and building collegial connections that can endure throughout fellows’ careers.

Terrance Keenan Institute fellows will spend two days with seasoned leaders from the field of health philanthropy. The institute will take place October 8-9, 2024, in Washington, DC.

Nominations must be received by Thursday, March 7th.

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.

2024 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

Bold Results Through Courageous Action

Tuesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 6, 2024 | Portland, Oregon

2024 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

We are excited to announce that the 2024 GIH annual conference, Bold Results Through Courageous Action, will be held on June 4 – 6 in Portland, Oregon at Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. Every year, GIH brings together the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy today.

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A Compass of Indispensable Leadership Attributes to Guide Health Philanthropy

January 26, 2024
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Trends in leadership are changing—just take the Terrance Keenan Institute as an example. When the program started in 2010, it focused on general leadership tactics with topics that ranged from leveraging resources and building partnerships to board dynamics. Since then, the Institute’s curriculum has moved towards a recognition that leaders possess individual strengths that can be embraced to make our organizations and the broader field of health philanthropy more effective.

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GIH Events

Join GIH’s Firearm Violence Prevention Learning Community

GIH is pleased to announce the creation of a Learning Community focused on philanthropic strategies to prevent firearm violence.

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Recent Reports

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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2023 Survey Summary: Climate Change Strategies

This infographic summarizes the responses to a Grantmakers In Health funder survey, conducted in May and June 2023, on how philanthropy is addressing climate change, and the barriers and opportunities that exist to support climate-related efforts.

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Funder Support for Health Care Transformation

This infographic summarizes the responses to a Grantmakers In Health funder poll, conducted October 2022, on how philanthropy is supporting health care transformation efforts, especially those concerned with improving quality of life, coordinating complex care, and taking patient preferences into account.

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Perspectives From Health Philanthropy

Philanthropy’s Impact on Health Care Systems: Supporting the Creation of a Community-Health Worker-Based Chronic Care Management Model in Appalachia

Guided by its mission of “helping people help themselves,” the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation strategically invests in the creative problem-solving activities of local communities and individuals. For the past decade, the Benedum Foundation has accomplished this mission in its support of a particular health care delivery model: efficient chronic disease management through a medical model leveraging the skills of community health workers in Appalachia. This model provides unique patient care, has shown success for improving the health conditions of a target population, and reduced health care costs—accomplishments that align with the Institute of Health Improvement’s Triple Aim framework.

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Engaging Youth to Guide Research on Their Own Well-Being

In 2019, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Equity and Inclusion unit hosted a convening with young people from Black, Latinx, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) cultural affinity groups, along with adults who support the work and leadership of these youth and young adults. The young participants, many of whom were from the Aspen Institute’s Fresh Tracks program, expressed the need for young leaders to be the ones defining youth well-being and finding solutions that help their own communities support the well-being of young people.

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Connecting Mental Health and Wealth in North Carolina

Mental health and wealth are inextricably linked, influencing each other bidirectionally. While many factors contribute to mental health, we know from the social determinants of health that the most foundational are socioeconomic, including income, wealth, and safe neighborhoods. Asset Funders Network defines wealth in an assets-to-debt ratio. 

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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 monitoring the use of artificial intelligence in public benefit programs, such as Medicaid.  

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Funding Like You Want to Win: Philanthropy & Movement Investments

In this conversation, we’ll hear from leaders at the forefront of efforts to build a more inclusive, healthier, safer, and more prosperous multi-racial democracy, as well as learn from foundations that have embraced movement-centered strategies.

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State-based Advocacy for the Public’s Health

Join this informal discussion to learn about the state of public health advocacy, what funders are currently doing to bolster public health advocacy, and what you can do.

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Upcoming Convenings

2024 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

We are excited to announce that the 2024 GIH annual conference, Bold Results Through Courageous Action, will be held on June 4 – 6 in Portland, Oregon at Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. Every year, GIH brings together the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy today.

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Health Program Team Fellow

The Program Team Fellow is responsible for the planning and implementation of team and cross-team efforts and practices that support the foundation’s work nationally and on-the-ground in American cities to strengthen the social, economic fabric of individuals and communities. The Fellow will work in partnership with a program team to manage projects, conduct research and analysis to inform strategies, and lead projects associated with the program team’s priorities.

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Vice President of Communications

You will be leading the team charged with amplifying the work of Dogwood’s partners and communicating Dogwood’s purpose, commitments, and successful community-led initiatives to the region and beyond. Ensuring Dogwood is known as a leader in improving the health and well-being of all people and communities in Western North Carolina.

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Program Director – Community Engagement, Chesapeake

The Program Director will work closely with the President to begin the Foundation’s Community Engagement Program within the Chesapeake Initiative, with a focus on the Delmarva Peninsula and Lancaster County, PA. The Community Engagement Program will engage with and serve diverse populations and constituencies and seeks to dismantle systems that constrain the choices and opportunities of individuals.

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Senior Program Officer

Senior Program Officer will be an addition to an existing program team of program director, program associate, and program assistant. They will be responsible for building upon our established programmatic infrastructure by contributing to the further development, implementation, and coordination of grantmaking strategies and to the advancement of strategic and operational objectives of the Foundation.

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Executive Assistant

This position is responsible for supporting the President and CEO, the Vice President for Programing, and the Board of Directors. Act as the primary point of contact for the Executive Management Team, facilitate communications with the staff, organizational constituency, and leaders in the field. Serve as the President and CEO’s primary liaison to the board.

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