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Cara V. James and Lindsay Goldman in The Well News: The Older Americans Act Is Not Keeping Pace With Today’s Older Adults

May 14, 2024
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Grantmakers In Health President and CEO Cara V. James and Grantmakers In Aging Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Goldman cowrote a commentary on the need to renew and modernize the Older…

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GIH and GIA response to Senate request for information

Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging Release Policy Recommendations for Older Americans Act Renewal

March 28, 2024
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On March 21, 2024, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) responded to a request for feedback about the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

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Grantmakers In Health Announces 2024 Award Winners

Billie Hall of the Sunflower Foundation to Be Honored with the 2024 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy

March 26, 2024

Billie Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sunflower Foundation in Kansas, will receive Grantmakers In Health’s 2024 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

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Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families to Be Honored with the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy

March 26, 2024

Joan Alker, Executive Director and a cofounder of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) in Washington, DC, will receive Grantmakers In Health’s 2024 Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.

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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.

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

April 15, 2024
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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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Cara V. James and Lindsay Goldman in The Well News: The Older Americans Act Is Not Keeping Pace With Today’s Older Adults

Grantmakers In Health President and CEO Cara V. James and Grantmakers In Aging Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Goldman cowrote a commentary on the need to renew and modernize the Older Americans Act for The Well News, which was published on Monday, May 13, 2024: “We have known for years that the Older Americans Act and…

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GIH and GIA response to Senate request for information

Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging Release Policy Recommendations for Older Americans Act Renewal

On March 21, 2024, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) responded to a request for feedback about the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

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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 Tides Foundation’s Efforts to Support Civic Engagement and Protect Reproductive Health

Funders can play a major role in promoting a healthy democracy, and increasingly, grantmakers like the Tides Foundation are investing in civic engagement. To learn more about Tides’ work in this area, along with their support of ballot initiatives on reproductive health, Grantmakers In Health’s Miranda Wesley spoke with the Tides Foundation’s Program Officer of Civic Engagement and Democracy, Beth Huang.

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Addressing the Heart of Inequity: Tackling Cardiovascular Disease in Underserved Communities

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death globally and in the United States, with a disproportionate impact on underserved communities. To discuss the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s focused strategy on addressing these disparities and driving equitable access to cardiology care, Grantmaker In Health’s Miranda Wesley spoke with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s Senior Program Director, Adrienne Gonzalez.

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A New Generation of Researchers: Hearing from Youth Leaders on Their Well-Being

Building upon a previous conversation with Juan Martinez of the Aspen Institute and Cynthia Weaver of The Annie E. Casey Foundation on their collaboration on the Youth and Young Adult Well-Being project, the following Q&A features three paid youth consultants who are leading the research initiative as the Youth and Young Adult Well-Being core team. Each team member represents a different cultural affinity group in the well-being project: Desiree Armas from Latine Bienestar, Niara Frankson from Black Expressions of Well-Being, and Zenetta Zepeda from American Indian/Alaska Native.

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Upcoming Webinars

Investing in Inclusion: The LGBTQ+ Community & the Census 

Celebrate Pride Month with a funder briefing about LGBTQ inclusion. Key gaps in federal data collection have left advocates, policymakers, researchers, and others without critical insights into disparities, opportunities, and the effectiveness of interventions designed to advance equity for LGBTQ people.

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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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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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Birth Equity Funders Summit: Aligning Strategies to Advance Equitable Birth Outcomes

This summit, designed exclusively for funders, aims to provide comprehensive strategies, tools, playbooks, and deep learning opportunities, fostering immediate implementation and collaboration. Acknowledging the underrepresentation of professionals from ethnically marginalized backgrounds, including BIPOC grantmakers, we commit to supporting, empowering, and creating a safe space for these voices. Our goal is to ensure that all participants leave with tangible insights and clear expectations for advancing equitable birth outcomes.

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Senior Learning & Evaluation Officer

As part of this work, the position is responsible for creating and implementing comprehensive plans that integrate strategic conversations with learning and evidence, designing and deploying evaluation studies, and engaging the teams in learning that informs future strategy work and assesses existing work. The Senior Officer also supports aspects of organizational capacity building around strategy, evidence and learning, as well as creating and overseeing structures and practices for the Learning & Evaluation team to improve and innovate their own practices.

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Managing Director

The inaugural Managing Director serves as the coordinating and operational lead for the Coalition to Advance Public Safety. In service of CAPS’ life-saving work, the Managing Director will facilitate collaboration among Core4 team members, funders, local leaders, and other stakeholders; monitor and report on project deliverables and objectives; and manage coalition finances and administration.

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Program Director, Health Workforce

Michael Reese will be filling two Program Directors positions, both are senior-level peer positions whose work redefines philanthropy through the creation of new approaches centered on community needs, ideas, and input. The Program Directors develop partnerships with public and private entities to resource and implement strategies that address the critical health needs of our region….

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Program Director, Strategic Initiatives

Michael Reese will be filling two Program Directors positions, both are senior-level peer positions whose work redefines philanthropy through the creation of new approaches centered on community needs, ideas, and input. The Program Directors develop partnerships with public and private entities to resource and implement strategies that address the critical health needs of our region.

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FEATURED POSITION

Chief Science Officer for The Medical Foundation

Health Resources in Action is seeking a highly talented and experienced Chief Science Officer (CSO) for the Medical Foundation (TMF), a department which facilitates biomedical sciences grantmaking services.  TMF provides strategic advising of the design and administration investments in biomedical sciences to a range of clients and partners.

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