Fall Forum 2023

November 1 - 3, 2023

National Housing Center
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Feeding Hearts and Minds: Food as Medicine, Divided Media, and Implications for Public Policy


Wednesday, November 1 – Friday, November 3

The 2023 Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Fall Forum provided policy-engaged funders with information on current issues, access to leading thinkers, and connections with grantmaking peers. This year’s theme was Feeding Hearts and Minds: Food as Medicine, Divided Media, and Implications for Public Policy.

Drawing on GIH’s new policy agenda and recognizing that policy not only occurs in Congress but in federal agencies and at state and local levels, we addressed timely policy topics, including: the Medicaid unwinding, Medicare Advantage, the Farm Bill reauthorization, and Food as Medicine. We also discussed how our current information ecosystem—which is characterized by the simultaneous rise of social media and the decline of local media—is eroding trust in health institutions and public health officials and inhibiting our nation’s ability to address critical health needs and eliminate disparities.  

Throughout the conference, we highlighted opportunities for philanthropic action, public-private partnerships, and policy change to promote better health for all through more equitable health systems and a healthier information ecosystem. Over 150 participants joined us for the chance to discuss these important topics, network with policy makers and other funders, and identify opportunities for collaboration.

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National Housing Center
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005


Please note that GIH does not have a discounted hotel room block for this year’s Fall Forum, so please make your own lodging arrangements as soon as possible. A list of nearby hotels is available for your reference.

Lauren LeRoy Lecture

The Fall Forum features the Lauren LeRoy lecture, a lecture series established in honor of former GIH President and CEO Lauren LeRoy and her commitment to increasing communication between the worlds of philanthropy and policy. Particpants return home with a deeper understanding of important topics, an introduction to key players, and ideas about how to apply what they have learned to their work.

FDA Commissioner to Deliver 2023 Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture at GIH Fall Forum

October 27, 2023

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will deliver the 2023 Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture at the Grantmakers In Health Fall Forum in Washington, DC.


GIH Funding Partners$499
Philanthropy Support Partners$499
Philanthropic Advisor Partners$499

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Support the 2023 GIH Fall Forum

GIH is offering select opportunities to our funding partners to support activities and expenses at this Forum, including breakfasts, coffee breaks, and lunches.

We invite your organization to consider a forum sponsorship.

Thanks to Our Fall Forum Sponsors

GIH appreciates our sponsors for making the 2023 Fall Forum possible. This event has been supported by:

Thanks to Our Fall Forum Grant Funders

GIH recognizes funders who generously provided grants that directly support the 2023 Fall Forum programming.

The Fall Forum is an excellent opportunity for grantmakers to:

Get up-to-speed on current policy issues

Past meetings have addressed areas ranging from access to civic engagement and youth violence prevention.

Interact with leading thinkers

Hear diverse perspectives from cutting-edge experts in the field.

Connect with one another

Connect with peers around the country working on the issues that matter most to you.

Funder takeaways include:

  • Learn how health funders can support culture change in a divided media landscape
  • Explore what health funders can do to affect policy change and
  • Gain a deep understanding of how population health can be improved using food as medicine