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From the President - Now is the Time: Acting Today Will Ensure We Have A Strong Health Workforce Tomorrow
The need to develop and implement a comprehensive integrated plan to address our health workforce grows stronger every day. As some communities experience their highest COVID-19 case rate since the start of the pandemic, with providers and public health workers stretched to the breaking point, we must also devote time and resources to ensure that we have a highly trained, diverse health care and public health workforce to meet our future health needs.
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Public Private Partnerships to Strengthen the Public Health Infrastructure

Eileen Salinsky, Program Advisor, Grantmakers In Health

How strong is your organization’s relationship with local health departments in the communities you serve? Do you view governmental public health as an essential partner? How can you best increase and improve support for state and local public health departments? What types of investments are most likely to yield transformative change? As the future of public health hangs in the balance, philanthropic organizations must renew their commitment to governmental public health agencies and reimagine strategies for strengthening these partnerships.

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Dan Mistak

The Unseen Provider: COVID-19 Reveals the Hidden Link between Correctional and Community Care

Dan Mistak, Acting President and Director of Health Care Initiatives for Justice-Involved Populations, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

COVID-19 has had disproportionate impact on justice-involved people because health and justice systems maintain discrete siloes due to longstanding policies. These policies create structural barriers to an integrated response to people living at the intersection of these two systems. Focusing resources in this overlooked area provides an excellent opportunity for a return on investment for grantmakers seeking to make impactful change.

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Register for the 2021 Virtual GIH Fall Forum
Registration is now open for Grantmakers In Health's Virtual Fall Forum! This year's virtual convening will provide policy-engaged funders with information on current issues, access to leading thinkers, and connections with grantmaking peers. The event will consist of two timely and relevant programming series:
  • Building Momentum to Advance and Institutionalize Equity will provide practical recommendations to advance equity, use narrative as a tool for change, and leverage board leadership to institute equitable policies and practices.
  • From Crisis to Care: Decriminalizing Mental Illness and Addiction will explore policy, practice, and partnership efforts to redesign crisis response systems and more effectively and equitably address behavioral health challenges.
Sessions will take place from November 15-19, 2021. Stay tuned for additional details on session descriptions and speakers.
Call for Awards Nominations
Grantmakers In Health is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy and Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. Nominate an outstanding grantee or grantmaker today! Submissions are due on Friday, December 3. To learn more, click here.



Ellen Carter (Connecticut Health Foundation) • Sarah Thompson (Dogwood Health Trust)

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COVID-19 Grants

CDC Foundation (Atlanta, GA) • Con Alma Health Foundation (Santa Fe, NM) • Mat-Su Health Foundation (Wasilla, AK) • UniHealth Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

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Requests for Proposals

Independent Sector (Washington, DC)

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Grants & Programs

Mary Black Foundation (Spartanburg, SC) • The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (Detroit, MI) • CareSource Foundation (Dayton, OH) • CDC Foundation (Atlanta, GA) • Delta Dental Institute (Oak Brook, IL) • W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI) • Maine Health Access Foundation (Augusta, ME) • Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (Pottstown, PA) • St. David’s Foundation (Austin, TX) • UniHealth Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation (Owings Mills, MD)

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