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MAY 2022

Chiang Ko

Investing in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities through Strategic Philanthropic Partnerships

Mason Chiang, Program Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
Priscilla Ko, Former Director, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

May is Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month, celebrating the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. Recent priorities for grantmakers have focused on racial equity, health and well-being, and immigrant rights. Yet, investments for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have been under-resourced and deprioritized, receiving only 0.26 percent of philanthropic dollars and 0.17 percent of research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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Jiha Ansara

Beyond the Headlines: Towards a New Narrative for Health Philanthropy in Haiti

Ryan Jiha, Program Officer – Haiti, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Jim Ansara, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Build Health International

Contrary to the narrative that all philanthropic investments have been ineffective in Haiti, Partners In Health, Build Health International, and Health Equity International have had immense positive impacts on the health sector in Haiti over the last decade. With sustained funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, these nongovernmental organizations are committed to tackling systemic inequities embedded in the health care system.

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Filling Youth Mental Health Gaps by Funding Innovation

Joan Steinberg, President, Morgan Stanley Foundation

The gap is widening between mental health care and our nation’s youth. The continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustices, and climate change are deepening this crevice and weighing on young people. The U.S. Surgeon General issued a stark warning on youth mental health, and doctors, hospitals, mental health organizations, and young people are also sounding the alarm.

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Multiplying Funder Impact Through Multisector Collaborations: Models for Creating Racial and Health Equity

TC Duong, Program Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Multisector collaborations epitomize the expression “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Working together toward common goals, organizations from different sectors that listen and work directly with communities can multiply their impact compared to what they can accomplish working separately. Because of this, funders too can expand their impact by investing in and encouraging these multisector collaborations that serve as engines for lifting up community voices and promoting equity.

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Hoppin Johnson

Reducing Pollution: Critical Pathway for Cancer Prevention

Polly Hoppin, ScD, Research Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Philip R.S. Johnson, PhD, Environment and Health Senior Program Director, The Heinz Endowments

Health professionals and health advocacy groups are learning how they can elevate environmental chemicals as an important element of cancer prevention, including in research design, clinical practice, policy advocacy, and in cancer initiatives such as the Beau Biden Moonshot and states’ 5-year cancer prevention and control plans. When health leaders are given the opportunity to examine barriers to cancer prevention, including those they may contribute to, they gain confidence in their ability—and responsibility—to use their power as trusted messengers to call for dramatic reductions in carcinogens.

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Grantmaker Focus – Susan B. Towler, Executive Director, Florida Blue Foundation
“Our company and foundation have embraced the belief that all health care is local, and your zip code is the best determinant of your future health. Improving the social determinants of health is the most pressing health issue in our communities. Our three Drivers of Health – food security, mental well-being, and health equity – are the issues on which we believe that our work can make the greatest impact. By working in collaboration with philanthropy, community, business, and government, we can all aim toward the common goal of greater health for all.”


New Survey Results: The Impact of COVID-19 on Aging and Older Adults Grantmaking
Adults over the age of 65 have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing communities to struggle with myriad challenges related to the shortcomings of health services and social supports for older adults. To better understand how philanthropy has responded to these challenges over the course of the pandemic, Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging launched a joint survey to learn how health and aging funders are addressing COVID-19 related needs among older adult populations and potential long-term impacts on future grantmaking.
Register for the Rural Health Public-Private Collaboration Conference
Grantmakers In Health, the National Rural Health Association, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce the next Public-Private Collaborations in Rural Health meeting on June 2 and 3, 2022. The agenda will feature presentations on rural broadband, aging, workforce, and more, as well as networking sessions with more than five Federal agencies. It will also feature conversations about foundations rethinking their approaches to rural grantmaking to achieve health equity.
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Register for GIH's June 27-29 Annual Conference
Registration is open for GIH's Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, 40 Years and Future Focused, the largest gathering of health funders in the country. This year’s conference will be in Florida with both in-person and virtual components, and the session topics were recently announced. Interested in sponsoring? Check out the sponsorship opportunities menu for more information.


Grants & Programs

Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation (Canton, OH) • Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (Buffalo and Syracuse, NY) • New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY)

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Transitions and Appointments

Dr. Dave A. Chokshi (New York State Health Foundation) • Kristy Klein Davis (Missouri Foundation for Health) • Richard DeVore (Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan) • Elena Marks (Episcopal Health Foundation) • Sarah Mann Willcox (North Carolina Network of Grantmakers)

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Episcopal Health Foundation (Houston, TX)

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