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Each fall, GIH hosts the Fall Forum, designed for funders with a strong interest in health policy. The meeting is an excellent opportunity for grantmakers to get up-to-speed on current issues, interact with leading thinkers, and connect with one another. Funders return home with a deeper understanding of important topics, an introduction to some key players, and ideas about how to apply what they've learned to their work.
The first day of this year’s Fall Forum, November 14, allowed staff and trustees of foundations and corporate giving programs to learn more about upcoming census activities and share practical strategies for philanthropic involvement to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census. The second day of the meeting, November 15, explored how funders can apply the latest thinking on racial and gender equity, toxic stress, and resiliency to evidence-based approaches to youth violence prevention. In addition, Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, President and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, delivered the sixth annual Lauren LeRoy Health Policy Lecture. The final day of the Fall Forum, November 16, provided a thorough and thoughtful analysis of the prior week’s elections and their implications for health care access, coverage, and costs across the country.