Funders for Justice Healing Justice Strategy Group members recently released strategic guidance for funders on how to incorporate a healing justice lens into grantmaking.
COVID-19 is unmasking our shortcomings, gaps, disinvestments, disparities, inequities, and discrimination towards each other. Because COVID-19 is now so pervasive, this unmasking is playing out in multiple arenas simultaneously. One of the major ones is behavioral health.
GIH’s latest survey report highlights current trends and gaps in behavioral health philanthropy. GIH surveyed Funding Partners in March 2017 about investments in mental health, substance use, trauma, and other behavioral health issues.
Domestic violence represents a significant public health problem that has received limited attention from the field of health philanthropy. Many health foundations fund domestic violence programs, but relatively few funders have identified domestic violence as a strategic priority.
The country’s opiate epidemic grips national headlines. In 2016, more Americans died of an opiate overdose than from gun violence or traffic fatalities.
Philanthropy has an important role to play in addressing addiction. Substance misuse likely intersects and impacts most funders’ priorities. Recognizing these linkages offers an opportunity to think differently, forge new partnerships, and support community efforts that catalyze the cultural shift needed to reduce stigma and truly integrate behavioral health into all systems of care.
The longstanding invisibility of substance use disorders simply cannot continue if we truly want to improve communities. We have a window of opportunity to make great strides if physical and behavioral health policymakers, advocates, and foundations work together.
Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, discusses the pressing health challenges facing veterans and issues a call to action to philanthropy to invest in the well-being of post-9/11 veterans. Listen to his speech, “We Are Vets Rising,” delivered at the 2016 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy.
In the fall of 2013, the Brandywine Health Foundation and key area leaders learned from the Pennsylvania Youth Survey about the high rates of depression among Coatesville-area youth compared with youth in the remainder of Chester County and the state as a whole.
Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, discusses key opportunities to improve substance use prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery supports. Listen to the podcast of his speech delivered at the third annual Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture at the 2015 GIH Fall Forum.
To better track how philanthropy is investing in behavioral health, Grantmakers In Health surveyed our Funding Partners in the spring of 2015 about their behavioral health focus areas, strategies, and target populations. The survey results have been compiled into summary charts and a funder directory to help grantmakers with a focus on behavioral health learn from and connect with each other.