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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
From the outset, enrolling young and healthy adults in health insurance coverage was considered critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Anticipating the enrollment challenges and recognizing the importance of successfully meeting them, many of the groups involved with ACA implementation include a special emphasis on the young uninsured in their work.
In the United States, more than three million children are in the primary care of a grandparent. More than one-half (55 percent) of these grandparents have been the primary caretaker for three years or more, and they face a number of economic, legal, and health challenges.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reached a key milestone in October 2013 with the launch of new health insurance marketplaces, also known as exchanges. The recently birthed marketplaces rely on coordination across a range of actors to implement a complex and interrelated set of functions, helping people assess their coverage options, determine their eligibility for public programs and subsidies, and enroll in plans.
Heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases are the leading causes of death in the U.S., and led to more than 1.3 million deaths in 2010. Researchers are increasingly turning their attention to young children and early traumatic stressors to further understand the pathway leading to these diseases and their associated risk factors.
Health funders have provided limited direct philanthropic support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health. Many question whether LGBT issues should be integrated into mainstream systems and organizations or if they should be supported through targeted strategies. Since few health grantmakers are prepared to carve out a separate programmatic area focused on this issue, a growing opportunity exists for health funders to provide more purposeful support for LGBT health within existing grantmaking strategies to address health disparities and promote health equity.