Building Community Power to Improve Climate Resilience and Health Equity: Learning What It Takes

Over the past decade, many health foundations have shifted from funding specific programs to addressing social determinants of health by supporting policy and systems change strategies Abundant research has demonstrated that low-income communities of color face structural barriers to health that more affluent white communities do not, ranging from access to healthy food to stable housing and clean air. These differences in community conditions didn’t happen by accident—they are the result of intentional policy decisions over generations that apportioned resources and opportunities along racial and ethnic lines.

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The Impacts of the Climate Crisis on Mental Health: Research, Solutions, and Action

During this interactive conversation with mental health experts, Gen Z, and climate-mental health advocates, speakers shared the latest research on the impacts of climate change and mental health on young people and the disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color. The field leaders also discuss the political and cultural dimensions of the foundation community addressing this emergent public health issue. 

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2023 Survey Summary: Climate Change Strategies

This infographic summarizes the responses to a Grantmakers In Health funder survey, conducted in May and June 2023, on how philanthropy is addressing climate change, and the barriers and opportunities that exist to support climate-related efforts.

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Strengthening a National Field of Practice for Climate, Health, and Equity: Learning What it Takes

When The Kresge Foundation’s Climate Change, Health and Equity (CCHE) initiative launched in 2018, community power mobilization was integral because too often the people closest to viable climate resilience solutions were excluded from decisionmaking. Since then, the leadership of CCHE’s community-based, health practitioner, and health institution partners has underscored the significance of community power to transform climate policy and public health practice.

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2024 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

The 2024 GIH annual conference, Bold Results Through Courageous Action, was held on June 4 – 6 in Portland, Oregon. Every year, GIH brings together the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy.

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NCRP Climate Justice and Just Transition Campaign

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) recently announced their multi-year campaign to get grantmakers to invest more in grassroots climate solutions. NCRP’s latest online journal features several articles on the climate justice and just transition campaign.

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Preventing Toxic Petrochemical Rail Disasters

During this webinar, speakers provided an overview of the key stakeholders involved in determining rail safety, the state and federal hazardous materials transport policies that govern their actions, and recommendations for immediate and decisive action by government and industry.

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