2023 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

Advancing Philanthropy's Commitment to the Long Game

Minneapolis, MN

June 7-9, 2023

Letter From President Cara V. James

A Conversation with Jill Shumann, Grantmakers In Health’s New Vice President for Programming

May 15, 2023
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This month, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) President and CEO Cara V. James sat down with Jill Shumann, GIH’s new Vice President for Programming, to learn more about Jill’s long career in health and how her experience applies to GIH’s mission of advancing better health for all through better philanthropy. Jill discussed her formative years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, her work on international public health in Africa, and her recent tenure at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Grantmakers In Health Announces 2023 Award Winners

Myechia Minter-Jordan of CareQuest Institute to Be Honored with 2023 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy

April 13, 2023

Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, will receive the 2023 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

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Better health for all through better philanthropy

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


GIH's 2023 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 the 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. Informed by health funders, these priorities will guide our programming, influence decisions related to issuing public statements on timely policy issues, and focus our emerging advocacy efforts. 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.

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Cara V. James in The Well News: As the COVID-19 Emergency Ends, We Must Not End Our Commitment to Advance Health Equity

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) President and CEO Cara V. James was quoted in a December 18, 2022 Politico Magazine article about the Black community’s distrust of the health care system.

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Grantmakers In Health Announces 2023 Award Winners

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is pleased to announce Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan as the 2023 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, and Mr. Gregory Jackson as the 2023 recipient of the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.

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Recent Reports

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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The Impact of COVID-19 on Aging and Older Adults Grantmaking Survey

To better understand how philanthropy has responded to these challenges over the course of the pandemic, Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging launched a joint survey in November 2021 to learn how health and aging funders are addressing COVID-19 related needs among older adult populations and potential long-term impacts on future grantmaking.

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Perspectives From Health Philanthropy

Purpose-Driven Investments: Advancing Equity by Diversifying Foundations’ Asset Managers

In 2020, none of the Health Forward Foundation’s assets were managed by Black, Latina, or Latino managers. Struck by that stark reality, Health Forward began the process of diversifying the asset managers in its investment portfolio as part of a larger strategy to align the Foundation’s capital with its purpose.

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Exploring the Impact of Vaccine Equity Grants in Rural Communities of Color

The Rx Foundation launched a rapid response Vaccine Equity grant program in March 2021 as it became clear that communities had unequal access to newly available COVID-19 vaccines. The goal was to fund organizations that were positioned to improve access to vaccines for groups marginalized by or unable to access existing systems and to do outreach and have conversations with people about their vaccine concerns and questions.

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New York State Foundations Working Together to Preserve Health Insurance Coverage for Millions of New Yorkers

In March 2020, the United States declared a public health emergency and enacted historic COVID-19 relief legislation. It increased Medicaid funding to states contingent on several conditions, including a “continuous enrollment” requirement that prohibited states from terminating Medicaid enrollees’ coverage until after the public health emergency had ended. How well this worked is a rare silver lining of the pandemic: an estimated 20.2 million people gained coverage since March 2020, and the uninsured rate dropped across the country.

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Upcoming Webinars

Three Years Later, Funding Social Movements Matters More Than Ever (Two-Part Series)

Join us for a two-part virtual, interactive series to explore social movements, the needs of movement leaders, and promising practices from funders.  

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Upcoming Convenings

2023 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

We are excited to announce that the 2023 GIH annual conference: Advancing Philanthropy’s Commitment to the Long Game, will be held on June 7 – 9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Hilton Minneapolis.

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2023 Fall Forum

Each fall, GIH offers programming designed for funders with a strong interest in health policy. These meetings, collectively known as the Fall Forum, are an excellent opportunity for funders to get up-to-speed on current health policy issues, interact with leading thinkers, and connect with their grantmaking peers.

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Director of Programs

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) is growing and has created this new position to help manage and nurture key programs so they can continue to be effective and produce meaningful results.

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Grants Manager

As an integral member of a small-staff team, the Grants Manager oversees the grants administration process, office management, and event management for the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington and the Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon.

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Program Officer

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation seeks Program Officer candidates with experience in grantmaking and/or direct program experience within the healthcare or social services fields related to our Programs and/or our priority populations.

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Sr. Public Health Researcher

This position supports the organization through research, the development of meaningful data reports and synthesis of information to enable execution of MHM’s mission and progress toward achievement of its vision in advancing health equity. The Senior Public Health Researcher must be knowledgeable about research design, a variety of data sources related to population health and community conditions, and able to compile and report both primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data in a concise and clear format.

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Program Director

Explore health trends and promising approaches to address critical issues, conduct health policy research and data analysis; plann meetings, and webinars; field surveys; write articles and reports; and manage networks and learning communities. You will also be giving foundation staff strategic advice, creating tools foundation staff can use to connect to each other, giving presentations about philanthropy, and forging partnerships with other organizations.

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