Letter from the President, Views from the Field, Grantmaker Focus, and more…

November / December 2022

From the President - Achieving Better Health for All Requires Transforming the Way We Do Business
This year has been an exciting time of renewal and transition at Grantmakers In Health. We celebrated our 40th anniversary and began implementing an ambitious five-year strategic plan, that included work to identify when and how GIH would use its voice to advance policies that support better health for all and at long last returned to in-person convenings with our annual conference, Fall Forum, and other events.
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Blumenthal Zephyrin

Promoting Health Equity and Combating Racism Through Health Policy

David Blumenthal,President, Commonwealth Fund
Laurie Zephyrin, Senior Vice President, Advancing Health Equity, Commonwealth Fund

Not every foundation is comfortable with trying to affect health policy. Policy to achieve health equity is no exception.

Nevertheless, for philanthropies committed to promoting health equity, shaping governmental action at every level is a powerful tool that deserves close examination. No other actor has government’s power—for good and ill—to bring about social change. Put another way, it is hard to imagine achieving an equitable health care system without forceful and consistent government action, as challenging as that may be to bring about.

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Funding Health Advocacy in Turbulent Times: Three Practices to Adopt

Deepti Sood, Associate Director, Evaluation & Learning, TCC Group

Effective health advocacy is not an easy endeavor, but when executed correctly, the results can be game-changing. Health advocates, whether operating through organizations, coalitions, campaigns, or movements, are accustomed to spending long periods of time with no outwardly visible activity or tangible progress, followed by an immediate sense of urgency and action to seize a window of opportunity. In many ways COVID-19 was one of those windows with phrases like health disparities becoming crystal clear to many.

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Grantmaker Focus – Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH President, Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts
“We are excited about the new direction NNI is taking with our charitable giving strategy, focusing on reducing the burden of chronic disease for vulnerable populations. By committing funding to projects specifically geared toward prevention by way of community-based health education and nutrition equity/food access, we are focused on supporting capacity building of local, on-the-ground organizations to design solutions tailored for the needs of the communities they serve. This in turn is designed to ultimately lead to better health outcomes.”


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Always Future Focused: Reflecting on Grantmakers In Health’s 40th Year
As Grantmakers In Health’s 40th anniversary draws to a close, we turned to 40 voices in our network of Grantmakers In Health Funding Partners, Terrance Keenan Institute alumni, and staff members to consider the future of philanthropy and how the last four decades catalyze the work ahead.
Last Chance to Submit Nominations for 2023 GIH Awards
Grantmakers In Health is seeking nominations by Friday, December 9, 2022 for the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award, honoring a distinguished grantmaker, and the Andy Hyman Award, recognizing a nonprofit or public sector champion. Awardees will be honored at the 2023 Grantmakers In Health annual conference in Milwaukee, Minnesota.
GIH President and CEO Cara V. James Interviewed on Rural Matters Podcast
Grantmakers In Health President and CEO Cara V. James was interviewed by Michael Levin-Epstein on the November 15, 2022 episode of the Rural Matters podcast about GIH’s work to support rural populations, combating racial and socioeconomic disparities in rural health, philanthropy’s role in closing workforce gaps in rural communities, and more.


Grants & Programs

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation (Detroit, MI) • Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (New York, NY) • Health Foundation for Western & Central New York (Buffalo and Syracuse, NY) • Healthy Communities Foundation (Riverside, IL) • The Weinberg Foundation (Owings Mills, MD)

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Transitions and Appointments

Mary Ford and Delali Ayivor (New York Health Foundation) • Beth Harris (Grantmakers In Health)

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