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Monday, November 15 / 9:00 am EST
Friday, November 19 / 5:00 pm EST
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Fall Forum: November 15-19, 2021

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The 2021 virtual GIH Fall Forum will provide policy-engaged funders with information on current issues, access to leading thinkers, and connections with grantmaking peers. This year’s Fall Forum will consist of two timely and relevant programming series:

  • Building Momentum to Advance and Institutionalize Equity
    There is growing awareness of the structural inequities driving health disparities in the United States, which has led to new policies, programs, and people focused on health equity. At the same time, the country remains divided on many issues, and there is an increasingly vocal resistance to centering equity and structural discrimination in conversations about health. Given the complexity of the current moment, how can philanthropy help communities create a new normal through initiatives that are designed to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to obtain their highest level of health?  In this action-oriented programming series, participants will discuss how to: move from crisis response to long-term recovery in ways that advance equity; use narrative change as a tool to shift policy; and engage board leadership to incorporate equity as a priority in foundation programming and operations.
  • From Crisis to Care: Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Addiction
    For far too long, behavioral health crises have been treated as a criminal justice problem instead of a public health issue. As a result, jails and prisons have become our largest psychiatric facilities and communities of color have been disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of mental illness and drug use. Across the country, there are growing calls to reform our crisis response systems by prioritizing harm reduction; implementing alternatives to incarceration; and utilizing mental health providers, not law enforcement, as first responders to behavioral health challenges. Policy and practice changes at the local, state, and federal level are redesigning crisis systems to respond to behavioral health needs more effectively and equitably. In this programming series, participants will hear about community-centered decriminalization efforts; explore lessons learned from partnership work; and discuss how philanthropy can best support equitable and sustainable strategies

Sessions will take place the week of November 15th. Visit our event microsite for additional details regarding agendas and speakers.


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The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

This year, the Fall Forum fee is $150 for staff and trustees of GIH Funding Partner and Philanthropy Support Partner organizations and $200 for others.


The GIH Fall Forum is open to the staff and trustees of foundations, corporate giving programs, government agencies, companies that manage philanthropic funds, and regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations, as well as the faculty and staff of academic institutions who are working on projects related to philanthropy or health. Other organizations conducting work that is aligned with GIH’s mission, vision, and values may contact gih@executivevents.com to inquire about conference eligibility.


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