Funders for Justice Healing Justice Strategy Group members recently released strategic guidance for funders on how to incorporate a healing justice lens into grantmaking.
Mounting research, combined with our personal and professional experience, suggest that improving equity in access to greenspace may help combat health inequities. Access to safe, nearby nature must be prioritized as critical public health infrastructure and not just an amenity for a few.
The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest. It is clearly time to re-evaluate and look for innovation and systemic changes in mindsets and health care practice. A deeper understanding and integration of the principles and practices of complementary and alternative health care systems offers some significant opportunities for change.
Fifteen years ago I was a consulting psychologist with a newly minted doctorate, happy, and engaged in checkbook philanthropy on the side. But in the deep of winter, a diagnosis of breast cancer upended my world.
The world of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may seem mystifying to funders. In this era of health reform – with a renewed emphasis on prevention and wellness – it may be the perfect time for philanthropy to explore its opportunities.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act elevates the priority of public health and prevention efforts through new funds for health promotion activities, requirements to cover preventive services, and a national framework to view health through the lens of wellness and chronic disease prevention.
There is growing interest in the field known as integrative medicine. A 2007 national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 38.3 percent of all adults, up from 36 percent in 2002, accessed some form of complementary and alternative medicine through visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, among others.
Grantmakers have long been interested in improving children’s access to health care. Yet, a number of services critical to children’s healthy growth and development—such as mental health and oral health services—fall outside the traditional primary care model. This fragmentation of services has contributed to access barriers and has compromised the quality of pediatric care. Growing awareness of the importance of mental health and oral health has resulted in a variety of innovative efforts to integrate these services into children’s health care.