GIH Blog and News

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.


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.


Philanthropy @ Work – Transitions – May 2023

The latest on transitions from the field.


GIH Bulletin

GIH Bulletin: May 2023

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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GIH Bulletin: April 2023


In 2021, 1 in 6 high school students was electronically bullied or bullied at school. That same year, 22 percent of high school students, and 45 percent of students who identified as LGBTQ+, seriously considered attempting suicide. We know this information because of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which along with other state and local surveys, comprises the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.

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GIH Bulletin: March 2023

Spring in DC means the cherry blossom trees, daffodils, tulips, and other flowers are in bloom. For GIH, this spring also means new relationships are blooming. We have welcomed a few new Funding Partners, and it is my pleasure to announce the addition of three new colleagues at Grantmakers In Health.

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Rural Matters Podcast: Philanthropy Serving Organizations Weigh In on Rural Health

On the fourth and final episode of the series, representatives from philanthropy-serving organizations discussed priority issues and promising strategies to strengthen and expand philanthropic investments in rural areas.

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Rural Matters Podcast: Economically Thriving Communities Boost Rural Health

The third episode of the four-part series addressed economic development in rural areas. Economic prosperity or lack thereof is a vital social determinant of health.

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Rural Matters Podcast: The Promise of Telemedicine Expansion in Rural Areas

This podcast explored the benefits of this expanding service delivery mode, as well as the challenges to achieving equitable telehealth access.

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Reports and Surveys

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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2022 Year in Review

The 2022 Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Year in Review report looks back at the many services and products GIH offered Funding Partners throughout the year, provides an update on the implementation of GIH’s five-year GIH strategic plan, and previews GIH’s work in 2023.

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Aligning Efforts to Achieve Equitable Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health and Well-Being for Children and Youth

This report issues a call to action for philanthropic organizations and public-sector partners that are ready to move forward in improving mental, emotional, and behavioral health. It describes existing philanthropic and federal initiatives and offers a potential portfolio of aligned strategies for private- and public-sector partners to consider.

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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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