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Voter Engagement Messaging and Activities for Private Foundations

The Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative has released a new collection of resources specifically geared to help private foundations get engaged in the upcoming election. Private foundations can help get out the vote in a number of ways and these guides clarify what activities are permissible.

Views from the field by Nevada Littlewolf, Kris Rhodes, and CoCo Villaluz

20 Years of Progress – Two Tobacco Ways in Indian Country

In order to respectfully and effectively address the harmful epidemic of cigarette smoking among American Indian adults, ClearWay Minnesota listened carefully to Native communities and adopted a model that focused on the dangers of commercial tobacco use while honoring the traditional healing traditions of tobacco. This model is referred to as the “two tobacco ways” framework and serves as an instructive illustration of how context is important in addressing health disparities and heath equity across communities.

Views from the field by Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome and Ansje Miller

The Air That We Breathe

We and many colleagues believe that, in order to strengthen responses to the pressing crises we face, we must consider some converging determinants of health—racism, climate change, and COVID-19—together. Doing so is essential, not just for crisis management, but also for building resilient systems and infrastructure that enable everyone, particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities, to breathe.


GIH Bulletin

GIH Bulletin September 2020

GIH Bulletin: September 2020


Funders can bring groups together, helping to expand the number of stakeholders aware of the unique needs of communities and develop programs, policies and initiatives that apply a rural and racial equity lens, thereby creating a force multiplier effect that could lead to significant improvements in health for all.

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GIH Bulletin - August 2020

GIH Bulletin: August 2020


As we head into Fall, let us take a moment to rest, recharge, and to care for one another so that we are prepared to meet the challenges ahead. Let us also remain hopeful, knowing that together we can accomplish anything.

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GIH Bulletin: July 2020


The pandemic and ensuing social unrest have led to myriad conversations focused on how to use this moment to create a more equitable health system, rebuild our public health infrastructure, and reimagine police practices. I would encourage us to also consider this moment an opportunity to rethink our educational system, given the strong relationship between education, income, wealth, and health.

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Partnering with Tribal Communities to Improve Nutrition and Food Access

In this podcast, Abigail Echo-Hawk discusses some of the innovations being developed in tribal communities, how disruptions to indigenous food systems influence individual health, and the opportunities for philanthropy to partner with tribal communities. 

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2019 Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture: Katie M. Keith

Professor Katie M. Keith, a faculty member and researcher at Georgetown University and Health Affairs contributing editor, discusses the current role and impact of health policy litigation. Listen to the podcast of her speech delivered at the seventh annual Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture at the 2019 GIH Fall Forum.

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2019 Annual Conference Plenary Remarks: Benet Magnuson

Benet Magnuson of the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice accepts the 2019 Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.

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Reports and Surveys

Issue Focus by Rana Suliman

Funder Strategies to Support Oral Health Care Access and Equity

Stark inequities in oral health care access and outcomes reflect the United States’ deepest societal divides and overarching social justice concerns. Health philanthropy is among the sectors aspiring to accelerate change and drive upstream solutions in a period of increasing vulnerability for communities heavily impacted by the downstream effects of oral health disparities.

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Trauma and Resilience Funding Infographic

To better understand how philanthropic organizations are supporting work related to trauma and resilience, GIH surveyed its Funding Partners in February 2020. The survey results have been compiled into a summary infographic that details primary focus areas, key strategies, and challenges and opportunities in the field.

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Issue Focus by Ann McMillan

COVID-19: Foundations Help Rural Communities Respond and Recover

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing disparities in vulnerable rural communities, which place the 46 million Americans in rural geographies in a particularly precarious situation. In the spring of 2020, Grantmakers In Health reached out to several funders engaged in this work to better understand their perspectives on rural response and recovery and to share those examples with the broader field to assist funders as they determine future needs and strategies in rural areas.

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Upcoming Webinars

If Not Now, When? Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care

This webinar will highlight key recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, “Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health.”

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State and Local Budgets: The Next COVID-19 Battlefront

Join this webinar to learn more about the state and local fiscal crisis, lessons learned from the Great Recession, key principles for an equitable response, and how state and local advocates are gearing up for the budget battles to come.

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Save the Census: A Final Push for a Fair and Accurate Count

Join this webinar for a timely status update on census response, advocacy, and litigation efforts to ensure a fair and accurate census, and to discuss funding strategies to evaluate and address the quality of the data.

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