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.
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.
Shorter lives and poorer health: this was the striking conclusion of leading public health experts convened by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine when examining the research evidence on how health and life expectancy in the United States compares to that of other high-income democracies around the world.
Although the health-related consequences of gun violence are undeniable, the need for stronger gun control policies to address these health outcomes is hotly contested. Is the field of health philanthropy particularly “gun shy” about engaging in the contentious policy debate surrounding gun control? A number of health funders have supported grants and initiatives related to violence prevention, but relatively few have explicitly recognized gun control as a health policy objective.
Within advocacy work, there exists a wide spectrum of strategies that can be employed to change or shape public policy. Yet, too often, nonprofit health organizations tend to limit themselves to a narrow range of strategies that typically includes education, policy/data analysis, and limited legislative advocacy. While these strategies are important to public policy work, they may not be enough to influence policymakers in today’s increasingly special interest and ideological-driven political system.
What do zombies, “Salad Man,” and Academy Award-nominated director Gus Van Sant have in common? They have all played a role in Northwest Health Foundation’s efforts to bring the importance of a fully functioning public health system into the hearts and minds of the people – especially the youth – of Oregon.
Public health has gained attention in Colorado over the last four years as a result of a partnership that includes health foundations, the Colorado School of Public Health, the state legislature, and state and local health agencies.