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.
We asked our colleagues to reflect on the 2019 GIH annual conference theme of Ideas. Innovations. Impact. The resulting articles pursue a variety of themes, but collectively they make abundantly clear that the central role played by PSOs—making connections among funders in order to stimulate lasting change and improve quality-of-life—continues to be vitally important.
We should not have to make the case for oral health programming, but the reality is that the health effects of oral health disparities are not widely recognized—despite the fact that these disparities continue to be persistent and pervasive.
A few years ago, it was estimated that 43.5 million adults had provided care for someone in the previous 12 months. The care provided by family members is vitally important—yet it is generally not financially compensated and usually not well-integrated into health care systems.
Over the years, GIH has developed considerable programming to help funders learn from one another about effective policy change strategies, to increase awareness of what is legally possible, and to decrease anxiety about emerging strategies.
In 2019, there are several trends we will be following. They reflect the wide range of health funders’ priorities, as well as new understandings of the factors that affect health. These trends show that, in general, funders are grappling with the changing environments of service delivery, health in communities, and organizational effectiveness.
Every year brings important changes to Grantmakers In Health, and this year will be no different. I recently informed the GIH board and staff that I have decided to leave the organization at the end of 2019.
This October, GIH is welcoming our fifth class of Terrance Keenan Fellows. We are proud of this milestone and of the evolution of the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy that the fellows are part of. This month’s Bulletin celebrates the history of the institute and the promise of the fellows.
Earlier this year, with the goal of generating new insights and ideas about the role funders can play to advance health equity for Latinos and other people of color in California, GIH and Hispanics in Philanthropy convened a meeting in San Francisco for funders and community partners on building a movement for Latino health equity.
Rural issues have taken on new prominence in recent years, but for philanthropy, concern for rural communities—and for rural health specifically—is not new.