Supporting Health Care and Community-Based Organization Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health
Increasingly, health systems, providers, and payers recognize the significant influence that social factors such as housing, food insecurity, employment status, and transportation have on well-being and health care spending.
Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by guns each year. GIH surveyed Funding Partners in June 2018 to explore investments in gun violence prevention and found that health funders who support gun violence prevention efforts are investing in a wide range of prevention strategies, including support for high-risk populations and policy advocacy. The survey results have been compiled into a one-page summary infographic.
Health care is uniquely positioned to serve as an anchor sector because of its evolving mission toward more holistically addressing community and well-being, its stable role as one of the largest, community-rooted employers, and its mostly nonprofit and public status.
Clearly, the emergence of “vaccine hesitancy” as an increasingly common theme in health care settings demands attention—and flipping the switch from vaccine hesitancy to vaccine confidence is a necessary and critical step to protect the public’s health moving forward.
Ending mass incarceration in the United States is one of the major social, political, civil rights, and economic challenges of our time. Government officials, practitioners, advocates, and philanthropists working in the fields of public health and medicine have important and distinct roles to play.
Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and the world and is a major factor in four of the five leading causes of death.
David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, tackles the growing public health crisis of gun violence and calls attention to the critical need for more data and research about firearms. Listen to the podcast of his speech delivered at the…
Increasing kids’ consumption of drinking water supports their health and learning. Yet most children do not drink enough. There are many challenges to achieving the goal of all children drinking the daily recommended amount of water. This Views from the Field article discusses the policy framework and ways funders can help ensure access to safe drinking water for all children in the United States.
Technology has progressed by leaps and bounds since the turn of the 21st century, especially for consumers. Digital health innovations are rapidly being imagined, developed, and explored worldwide. While the potential of these technological tools is exhilarating, many questions remain regarding their development, efficacy, implementation, and place in the larger scheme of health grantmaking.
Upon hearing the words “you have cancer” many questions are apt to run through a patient’s mind. Key among them is: Where do I go to get the best care? Today, meaningful information to help patients answer this question is lacking. The California HealthCare Foundation is funding projects to try to fill this gap.
Health impact assessments offer an approach that helps build robust collaborations between health and other sectors by providing timely, accurate, and relevant information intended for use in real-time decisionmaking.
This field note describes Kaiser Permanente’s work at the intersection of obesity prevention, violence prevention/reduction, and, increasingly, social and emotional health. It focuses on Kaiser’s experience in advancing multidimensional community-based prevention efforts in Northern California, one of seven regions where it is undertaking this work.