Policy Unsweetened: Tackling Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Grantmakers’ interest in supporting healthy eating policies has grown over the past two decades and been rewarded with considerable progress. Nonetheless, the next phase of policy work brings new challenges, opportunities, and questions. To explore these issues, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) convened Tackling Difficult-to-Crack Healthy Eating Policies, a strategic conversation for funders, practitioners, and experts in Sacramento, California.
Healthy Eating and Active Living: Checking in on Philanthropy’s Investments
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action in 2001 sparked widespread public concern about the rising prevalence of obesity and overweight in the United States. Since then, many health funders have supported obesity prevention, healthy eating/active living, and healthy living.
Supportive Housing: Strengthening Communities, Improving Health
Supportive housing has emerged as an innovative and comprehensive intervention that addresses the health inequities associated with housing instability, affordability, and homelessness. In this model, housing is combined with wraparound services such as primary and behavioral health care, case management, financial assistance, and legal counseling.
Philanthropy and Community Development: Partners In Health
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are funding projects across the nation to support health care centers and clinics, grocery stores with healthy food options, and healthy housing. Read this Issue Focus on how CDFIs are a valuable potential partner for health philanthropy.
The Cuban Prescription: Human-Centered Care
Earlier this year, members of Grantmakers In Health’s board and senior staff visited Havana, Cuba, with MEDICC, an organization licensed by the U.S.Department of the Treasury to conduct people-to-people trips to Cuba. The primary objectives of the trip were to see the Cuban approach to health in action, and to consider whether there were takeaway lessons for the U.S. health system.
¡Que Viva! Latinos and Health Care in the South
The Latino population in the southern United States is flourishing, which offers the region an opportunity to enrich the fabric of their communities with dynamic and vital young families who are eager to thrive. This demographic shift has sparked strategic conversations within health philanthropy about how best to ensure that Latino communities in the southern states have access to quality, affordable health care.
Healing All Sons and Brothers: Addressing Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Boys and Men of Color
Gay, bisexual, and transgender (GBT) boys and men of color face significant stigma and marginalization, based not only on race, but also on gender identity and sexual orientation. As a result, GBT boys and men of color face a number of health inequities, connected to limited access to health care, disproportionate HIV/AIDS rates, inadequate housing, and unsafe schools.
Health in All Policies: What It Is and What It Means for Health Grantmaking
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an emerging approach to public policymaking, grounded in recognition that the most important determinants of health are outside the reach of the formal health care system. This Issue Focus describes the HiAP concept, its history and evolution, and explores how this approach is poised to influence priorities and programs in the field of health philanthropy.
Harnessing 21st Century Technological Innovation to Promote Health
Technology has progressed by leaps and bounds since the turn of the 21st century, especially for consumers. Digital health innovations are rapidly being imagined, developed, and explored worldwide. While the potential of these technological tools is exhilarating, many questions remain regarding their development, efficacy, implementation, and place in the larger scheme of health grantmaking.
Addressing the Health Needs of LGBT Elders
This Issue Focus article is adapted from an October 30, 2013 GIH webinar discussing the health issues and challenges face by LGBT elders and how grantmakers are supporting efforts to improve related services, policies, and research.
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