A new resource commissioned by the Fair Food Network examines the early learnings from the Healthy Opportunities Pilots effort in North Carolina to use federal 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver funding to scale and sustain community-based implementation of a combination of produce prescription programs, medically tailored meal programs, and nutrition education.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) recently announced their multi-year campaign to get grantmakers to invest more in grassroots climate solutions. NCRP’s latest online journal features several articles on the climate justice and just transition campaign.
The 2022 Birth Equity Funders’ Summit brought together over 100 funders in person and 35 virtually to reflect on the role of philanthropy in reducing racial disparities in birth outcomes and identify opportunities to better collaborate and align in service of this goal. This report serves as an overview of the event, as well as offers key takeaways and practical recommendations for funders.
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The Leon Lowenstein Foundation (LLF) is a family foundation established in 1941 with a focus on health, education, and the environment. In 2019, LLF adopted a new focus area for our health grantmaking. Our goal was to develop a strategy that would enable us to make a meaningful contribution to health equity, particularly through enhanced access to primary and preventive health services in disadvantaged communities.
The REACH Healthcare Foundation’s mission is to advance health equity through coverage and care for underserved people. A regional foundation granting about $4.5 million annually, REACH recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. To mark this milestone, Board and staff leadership reflected on the foundation’s evolution from a highly politicized health care conversion foundation at its inception to a philanthropy striving to reshape its actions and practices to reflect a more reparative approach focused squarely on health equity.
Over the past decade, many health foundations have shifted from funding specific programs to addressing social determinants of health by supporting policy and systems change strategies Abundant research has demonstrated that low-income communities of color face structural barriers to health that more affluent white communities do not, ranging from access to healthy food to stable housing and clean air. These differences in community conditions didn’t happen by accident—they are the result of intentional policy decisions over generations that apportioned resources and opportunities along racial and ethnic lines.
MMHEF will be investing in a national cohort of organizations and leaders from within communities—and across the country—who are delivering models of care that are built in and by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Proposals are due by Friday, January 12, 2024
Leaders of U.S. community-based organizations are encouraged to apply and participate in our 10-week Makers Residency. Participants will receive funding, coaching, resources, peer support and connection, and technical assistance. Applications are due by Friday, January 5, 2024.
The Blue Shield of California Foundation is a long-time multisector collaborative funder with a health equity focus. Increasingly, we find that multisector collaboratives are a powerful vehicle to change systems toward racial equity. We heard from our partners and grantees a strong need for tools and resources that provide several outcomes: to establish equity at the collaborative level, to outline an arc of learning to help place a collaborative on an equity spectrum, and to provide tools to help collaboratives move deeper into equity. To support this work, the Equity in Collaboration Toolkit was developed in partnership with Cristobal Consulting. Its goal is to help multisector collaboratives see where they are taking concrete actions to center equity—and where they are not—through an embedded equity assessment.an embedded equity assessment.
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This GIH Issue Focus s highlights racial and ethnic health disparities, explores their roots, and describes activities that foundations are undertaking to eliminate them.