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.
Public education, advocacy, and community-based programs can be very powerful vehicles for improving health. There is growing recognition that such efforts are most effective when driven by specific information about communities.
Philanthropic organizations and others involved in supporting public health have begun to focus on ways to improve an ailing system so that it protects the people it serves. This View from the Field spotlights the national Turning Point initiative.
This Issue Focus article presents information on the issues facing the nation’s public health infrastructure and how health grantmakers help strengthen the system by partnering with federal, state, and local health departments, as well as with academic institutions and community groups that contribute to the public’s health.
The events of 9/11 and the ongoing threat of terrorism have had a profound effect on all Americans. Moreover, the systems responsible for responding in the event of a terrorist act, such as health and public safety, are less prepared to address the needs of children than other populations. This Issue Focus looks at strategies funders can use to incorporate the needs of children into emergency preparedness planning by involving schools, hospital pediatric departments, and other youth-serving organizations.
The development and progression of many chronic diseases are linked to unhealthy behaviors, particularly cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products, poor diet, and lack of regular exercise. This Issue Focus highlights the many ways that health grantmakers across the country are mobilizing communities, employers, schools, families, and individuals to move toward healthier behaviors.
This GIH Issue Focus makes the case for funding in prevention and women’s health and describes approaches being taken by grantmakers.
Based on a GIH roundtable meeting, this Issue Brief examines the critical issue of childhood immunization and highlights the work of grantmakers and national experts who have made a major commitment to this issue. The explores the many factors influencing public acceptance of childhood immunization and the importance of ensuring and conveying accurate information to the public and policymakers. Current and potential roles for health philanthropy are also discussed.