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Task Force Releases Report to Inform White House Conference

Authored by the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, “Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States” offers policy recommendations and actions to advance the goals of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to end hunger, improve nutrition, and reduce diet-related diseases in the United States by 2030.

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What an Ideal Health Care System Might Look Like: Perspectives from Older Black and Latinx Adults

A new research publication from The Commonwealth Fund, “What an Ideal Health Care System Might Look Like: Perspectives from Older Black and Latinx Adults,” examines what health care should do to better respect people’s identities, health needs, and preferences.

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Further Support from Health Funders Needed to Address Climate Crisis

The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program Senior Fellow Chris Kabel discusses the need for health funder engagement to address the climate crisis.

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Strengthening Social Connection and Opportunities in Rural Communities

This brief describes an unfolding learning journey intended to strengthen social connection, resident voice, and agency to address inequities in rural health and well-being. Along the way, we have come to realize the important lessons for each of our institutions and ways in which we are better off for having taken this approach to our work.

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Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zones: Rethinking Community Investing to Create Measurable, Sustainable Gains in Health Equity

In 2015 the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) launched a project called the Health Equity Zones (HEZ) initiative, with the goal of creating a new public health approach. Rather than prioritizing specific health outcomes, Rhode Island’s HEZ initiative was designed to shift investments upstream to improve the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health by intentionally investing in community infrastructure and resident empowerment. The HEZ initiative has grown over the past seven years to become an internationally recognized model for operationalizing health equity, and during that time we have learned a lot about the role of community investments and how our approach needs to be rethought if we are truly going to invest in health equity.

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Centering Racial Justice to Address Climate Change: Learning What it Takes

In 2018, the Kresge Foundation launched the Climate Change, Health, and Equity (CCHE) initiative as a 5-year, $22 million commitment to accelerate action on climate change and climate-related inequities in health. Since its inception, the CCHE network has worked in distinct, yet aligned strategies that focus on health institutions, practitioner and professional societies, and community-based organizations. The priority was to bring together diverse grant-funded partners at different points along their equity journey, with initiative partners providing evaluation, technical assistance, and support to sustain the network.

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Children’s Environmental Health Day: Actions Needed Now to Protect Our Children’s Health

It has been over a decade since the World Health Organization raised the alarm that chronic diseases—including cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome—are rapidly becoming an epidemic in developed nations, and increasingly, in developing nations. Escalating rates of neurocognitive, metabolic, autoimmune, and cardiovascular diseases cannot be solely attributed to lifestyle, genetics, and nutrition. Prenatal, early life, and ongoing exposures, along with bio-accumulative toxicants, are playing a large role in the increased incidence of chronic disease. In fact, we need only look at the statistics to see that chronic disease rates in children are on the rise, and this can often be linked to toxic exposures.

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Task Force Releases Report to Inform White House Conference

Authored by the Task Force on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, “Ambitious, Actionable Recommendations to End Hunger, Advance Nutrition, and Improve Health in the United States” offers policy recommendations and actions to advance the goals of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to end hunger, improve nutrition, and reduce diet-related diseases in the United States by 2030.

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Letter to President Biden Offers Support and Recommendations for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

Organizations in philanthropy sent a letter to President Biden in support of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. This letter outlines four recommendations for the Administration and federal agencies to adopt leading up to and following the conference.

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Achieving Racial Justice and Health Equity Through Housing Justice

Having a stable, safe, and affordable place to call home impacts our ability to be healthy. But because America’s foundational housing policies and systems intentionally excluded Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, far too many people in our nation are at risk of poorer health because a home is out of reach.

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What an Ideal Health Care System Might Look Like: Perspectives from Older Black and Latinx Adults

A new research publication from The Commonwealth Fund, “What an Ideal Health Care System Might Look Like: Perspectives from Older Black and Latinx Adults,” examines what health care should do to better respect people’s identities, health needs, and preferences.

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Reconnecting and Recommitting to a Future Focused on Better Health for All through Better Philanthropy

Much has changed since Grantmakers In Health (GIH) last convened in 2019. Over the past three years, more than 1 million Americans have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Large cracks are apparent in our public health infrastructure, health care systems, and safety net programs. In addition, pervasive inequities across all facets of society have increased. The country is divided, and this division continues to hamper our ability to address one of the greatest health challenges our modern world has ever faced.

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