Grantmakers In Health’s five-year strategic plan elevates leadership and influence as one of four strategic pillars for our work. GIH seeks to take a more active role in defining the key issues that will advance better health for all. We are also supporting health philanthropy with the thought leadership and programming to create lasting impact by influencing advocacy, policy, and funding in targeted areas.
This policy agenda identifies our public policy priorities for the coming year. Informed by health funders, these priorities will guide our programming, influence decisions related to issuing public statements on timely policy issues, and focus our emerging advocacy efforts. We hope these priorities will also inspire the field of health philanthropy and encourage greater collaboration and commitment to common policy goals among funders. We look forward to working with funders and others to advance this agenda.
Letter From President Cara V. James
When we launched our strategic plan, we noted that to achieve our vision of better health for all through better philanthropy we would need to use our voice to take a more active role to influence advocacy, policy, and funding in targeted areas that will advance health and make a lasting, measurable impact. Our current health “system” is not designed to promote health and wellness, but to provide care once a person is sick, and it is built on a foundation of inequity based on health coverage, or a lack thereof.Read More
Upcoming Policy & Advocacy Events
Resources from Policy & Advocacy Events
Grantmakers Are from Mars; Policymakers Are from Venus: Is There Hope for This Relationship?
How can health grantmakers and state policymakers collaborate and when does it make sense to try? What does it take to develop and sustain these relationships? This piece is based on Smith’s plenary remarks given at Grantmakers In Health’s 2000 Washington Briefing, The Intersection of Health Policy and Philanthropy.
Partnering with State Government: Lessons from a Local Funder
After passage of federal legislation creating the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Rose Community Foundation stepped in as the private partner in a public-private partnership to ensure its implementation in Colorado. Van Dusen and Nash share six key lessons learned about engaging government as a collaborator.
The Interface Between Public Policy and the Private Sector
Read the keynote speech from GIH’s Washington Briefing by Mark Smith, president and CEO of California HealthCare Foundation.
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