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GIH’s 2012 annual meeting theme Health and Equity for All reflects Healthy People 2020’s vision of good health for Americans across the life course.


Registration fees are now $825 for GIH Funding Partners and $1,300 for non-Funding Partners. Register on-line or by mail/fax using the registration form below. Forms may be mailed to:

GIH 2012 Registration
c/o Executive Events
6325 Gunpark Drive, Suite C
Boulder, CO 80301

Fax: 866.483.0164 or 303.530.2691


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Reservation phone: 800.228.9290 or 410.385.3000

Wednesday, March 7: 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Building a Better Mousetrap: System Reform to Improve Care
Transforming health systems to better meet the needs of patients will require changes to strengthen delivery of care for those who have good access to care, as well as to improve care for those who find it harder to obtain timely and effective services. Foundations are well-positioned to help. In this preconference session, we will hear from leading thinkers and doers about their vision for a redesigned delivery system and prospective roles grantmakers can play in accelerating change. This is a unique opportunity for funders to talk with their colleagues about their current challenges, concrete next steps, and promising new directions for the field of health philanthropy.

Reading for Life: Early Childhood Literacy and Health
For far too many children, particularly those in low-income families, learning to read is a major challenge, placing them at increased risk for high school dropout, criminal activity, incarceration, unemployment, and long-term poverty. Reading ability is also the strongest individual predictor of adult health status and is often related to child health issues such as developmental problems and frequent school absence due to illness. Nearly all children can become successful readers, especially when they receive targeted, developmentally appropriate help early on. In this preconference session, we will examine research linking early childhood literacy to health; promising interventions involving children, parents, teachers, and pediatricians; and policy changes that would help move this work forward.


Is Equity an Attainable Health System Goal?
Wednesday, March 7: 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
Differences, disparities, and inequities are found throughout thehealth care system. Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act are built around the goal of promoting equity. Alan Weil, executive directorof the National Academy for State Health Policy, will address the challenges of defining, promoting, and achieving an equitable health system. He will draw upon his work with states pursuing health equity, as well as national experience working with health system leaders.

Leading with Equity for America’s Tomorrow
Thursday, March 8: 9:00 – 10:00 A.M.
Guided by a commitment to advance economic and social equity, Angela Glover Blackwell founded PolicyLink in 1999. Now the organization is a leading voice that uses public policy to improve access and opportunity for low-income people and communities of color. As the face of the nation changes and minorities become majorities, new challenges arise. Ms. Blackwell will discuss equitable and inclusive policy agendas, the wisdom and voice of tomorrow’s leaders, and the leadership needed from philanthropy.

Private Industry and Public Health
Friday, March 9: 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.
Many who are working to increase healthy living and active living seethe food industry as a natural ally. Others view it as the opposition. Derek Yach, senior vice president for global health and agriculture policy at PepsiCo, will make the case for collaboration between the public and private sectors. He will share his thoughts on what PepsiCo sees as its role in public health issues and where there are opportunities for partnership.


Wednesday, March 7: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

  • Honoring Diversity: Quality, Patient-Centered Care at Chase Brexton
  • Neighborhood Hazards and Health: A Tour of Cherry Hill

Thursday, March 8: 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.

  • B’more for Healthy Babies
  • Mainstreaming CAM: Implications for Policy and Practice


Click here to read about the wide range of breakout sessions that were offered at the 2012 annual meeting.


Organizations attending the 2012 GIH annual meeting are invited to participate in the Marketplace, which showcases grantmakers’ most recent work, publications, and other relevant materials. Marketplace participants will have the opportunity to send display copies of up to four items. Participants and submitted items will be listed in meeting materials and on-line.

Check the corresponding box requesting Marketplace information on the meeting registration form. Detailed instructions, including participation forms, will be sent to you. Completed forms must be submitted by February 10.

Thursday, March 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

GIH meeting attendees will enjoy an exclusive reception in the Marine Mammal Pavilion at the award-winning National Aquarium, Baltimore. Just a five-minute walk from the hotel, the aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species. Exhibits include: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, Reptiles, Jellies, and so much more! With breathtaking views of the Baltimore Harbor and award-winning exhibits, the aquarium is a magical and memorable setting for GIH meeting attendees to network and experience the wonder of sea and ocean life.

Tour the National Aquarium in Baltimore: GIH meeting attendees will be able to enjoy a self–guided tour of the Main Aquarium Building Exhibits at their leisure beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission is complimentary and is by GIH name badge only. Please be sure to wear or bring your GIH badge for admission.

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