Grantmakers In Health

Grantmakers In Health Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs to improve health.

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. Formally launched in 1982, GIH is known today as the professional home for health grantmakers, and a resource for grantmakers and others seeking expertise and information on the field of health philanthropy. GIH generates and disseminates information about health issues and grantmaking strategies that work in health by offering issue-focused forums, workshops, and large annual meetings; publications; continuing education and training; technical assistance; consultation on programmatic and operational issues; and by conducting studies of health philanthropy. Additionally, the organization brokers professional relationships and connects health grantmakers with each other as well as with grantmakers in other fields whose work has important implications for health. It also develops targeted programs and activities, and provides customized services on request to individual funders. GIH is committed to promoting diversity and cultural competency in its programming, personnel and employment practices, and governance. It views diversity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral to its mission of helping grantmakers improve the health of all people. Diverse voices and viewpoints deepen our understanding of differences in health outcomes and health care delivery, and strengthen our ability to fashion just solutions. GIH uses the term, diversity, broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of both individuals (such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and socioeconomic status) and organizations (foundations and giving programs of differing sizes, missions, geographic locations, and approaches to grantmaking).

Mission: Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.

Operating as usual

"At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are relentlessly committed to advancing health equity and believe it exists when ...
12/09/2020
Weaving DEI Into a Foundation’s Everyday Work | Grantmakers In Health

"At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are relentlessly committed to advancing health equity and believe it exists when there are no avoidable, unfair or systemically-caused differences in health status. To live into this, we have implemented principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into our vision and cornerstones, and our daily operations. While we are not experts, we can offer a glimpse of what some of this experimentation looks like in practice in our grantmaking, evaluation, and communications functions."

#ViewsFromTheField #DEI

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/weaving-dei-into-a-foundations-everyday-work/

At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are relentlessly committed to advancing health equity and believe it exists when there are no avoidable, unfair or systemically-caused differences in health status. To live into this, we have implemented principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into our vis...

TOMORROW is your last chance to recognize a grantee or grantmaker's outstanding work in this challenging year! Learn mor...
12/03/2020
Awards | Grantmakers In Health

TOMORROW is your last chance to recognize a grantee or grantmaker's outstanding work in this challenging year! Learn more about nominating someone for the GIH Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy and Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy: https://bit.ly/3dYlXej

GIH awards are designated to individuals who have made innumerable contributions to the fields of health and health care.

“We are and will be community-led by listening deeply for lived experience and solutions from the community.” -- Randall...
11/18/2020

“We are and will be community-led by listening deeply for lived experience and solutions from the community.”

-- Randall H. Russell, President and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Check out the November/December GIH Bulletin to continue reading the Grantmaker Focus on Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, as well as reflections and insights from leadership at The Colorado Health Foundation , ClearWay Minnesota , Missouri Foundation for Health, Kansas Health Foundation, St. David's Foundation, and Health Forward Foundation.

https://www.gih.org/publication/gih-bulletin-november-december-2020/

Rural Health Information Hub
11/18/2020

Rural Health Information Hub

TODAY at 12:00 pm Central, switch over to Twitter and join our Twitter Chat Examining Social Determinants of Health in Rural America! We are celebrating the #PowerofRural with experts from NOSORH, Rural Health Research Gateway, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, American Hospital Association, Centers For Disease Control (CDC), County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Grantmakers In Health, National Rural Health Association, NACHC, ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the NORC Walsh Center, Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri, and the Rural and Minority Health Research Center.

Follow @ruralhealthinfo and the #RuralHealthChat hashtag to follow along! https://bit.ly/35hOBEJ

"The most important lesson we learned through our COVID-19 response efforts was that we could quickly and effectively de...
11/13/2020
Responding to COVID-19 and Beyond | Grantmakers In Health

"The most important lesson we learned through our COVID-19 response efforts was that we could quickly and effectively deploy life-saving technology that could both provide immediate impact for patients during the pandemic, as well as improve the cardiac system of care for years to come."

Read more about Helmsley Charitable Trust's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in this #ViewsFromTheField by trustee Walter Panzirer.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/responding-to-covid-19-and-beyond/

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust was compelled to do our part. Like most philanthropic organizations, we were determined to maximize impact and make grants quickly, while also adhering to our due diligence standards.

The GIH Virtual Fall Forum starts on Monday -- register today!
11/12/2020

The GIH Virtual Fall Forum starts on Monday -- register today!

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:

"Better Health, Stronger Democracy" will explore how health funders are promoting civic engagement, protecting voter rights, and engaging in post-census electoral redistricting.

"Food for a Healthier America" will examine current food access and security policy, the gaps and challenges laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and philanthropy’s role in creating a more equitable and just food system.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your funder colleagues in this critical year.
https://www.gih.org/event/2020-fall-forum/

"#Diabetes and #depression are among the top three conditions treated in Virginia’s health safety net (HSN) organization...
11/12/2020
Defeating the Deadly Double: Depression and Diabetes | Grantmakers In Health

"#Diabetes and #depression are among the top three conditions treated in Virginia’s health safety net (HSN) organizations. Recognizing this and the contributory relationship between depression and diabetes, the Virginia Health Care Foundation and several other health funders throughout the state collaborated on Defeating the Deadly Double: Depression and Diabetes (DDD)."

Read more about the DDD program in this #ViewsFromTheField by Debbie Oswalt, Executive Director at Virginia Health Care Foundation, and Cat Hulburt, Chief Program & Engagement Officer at Virginia Health Care Foundation.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/defeating-the-deadly-double-depression-and-diabetes/

Inadequate access to mental health services, diabetes, and obesity are the top-ranked critical service gaps in virtually all community health needs assessments conducted by local health departments and nonprofit hospitals throughout Virginia. Diabetes and depression are also among the top three cond...

"Facing the prospects of mass layoffs after the COVID lockdown this March, Neighborhood Health Center in Oregon came up ...
11/06/2020
Innovation in the Safety Net | Grantmakers In Health

"Facing the prospects of mass layoffs after the COVID lockdown this March, Neighborhood Health Center in Oregon came up with an ingenious solution to keep all its employees on the job. Besides reassigning dentists and others to temporary front desk roles, the safety net organization opened an onsite childcare center for the children of employees, with dental hygienists doubling as teachers’ aides."

In this #ViewsFromtheField, Veenu Aulakh, Senior Innovation Fellow at Center for Care Innovations, shares some examples of innovation in supporting safety net providers, #telehealth, and #healthequity.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/innovation-in-the-safety-net/

This country’s safety net health system has always been a place of innovation. The safety net includes community health centers and public hospitals that serve the 100 million patients who either have Medicaid or lack health insurance entirely. With limited resources and patients with complex medi...

"For health funders, it is essential that we realize that even given all of the unforeseen devastation of COVID-19, and ...
11/05/2020
Health Equity: Our Way Forward …Through COVID-19 and Beyond | Grantmakers In Health

"For health funders, it is essential that we realize that even given all of the unforeseen devastation of COVID-19, and the compounding social crises in its wake, many of our communities began 2020 already in a health crisis."

In this #ViewsFromTheField, Quantum Foundation President Eric Kelly outlines the foundation's work to establish an equitable new normal.

#healthequity

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/health-equity-our-way-forward-through-covid-19-and-beyond/

Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation For health funders, it is essential that we realize that even given all of the unforeseen devastation of COVID-19, and the compounding social crises in its wake, many of our communities began 2020 already in a health crisis. These pre-existing conditions all...

"In 2018, Rep. Leslie Herod championed a citizen-led ballot initiative in Denver, Colorado. She saw firsthand what a lac...
11/03/2020
From Citizen-Led Ballot Initiative to Community-Centered Solutions for Mental Health and Substance Misuse | Grantmakers In Health

"In 2018, Rep. Leslie Herod championed a citizen-led ballot initiative in Denver, Colorado. She saw firsthand what a lack of available services can do. Her sister has been in and out of the criminal justice system for at least 20 years, due in large part to mental health and substance abuse challenges. Her sister, like so many, never got adequate care. We must do better.

Denver voters agreed. On November 6, 2018, 70 percent of voters approved the ballot initiative. For every $100 spent in Denver, 25 cents now goes toward addressing mental health and substance misuse. This equates to more than $35 million available (dependent on the economy) to fund behavioral health supports."

Continue reading this #ViewsFromTheField by Lorez Meinhold, Executive Director of Caring for Denver Foundation, about community-centered solutions for mental health and substance misuse.
https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/from-citizen-led-ballot-initiative-to-community-centered-solutions-for-mental-health-and-substance-misuse/

Our mission is to address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs by growing community-informed solutions, dismantling stigma, and turning the community’s desire to help into action. In less than one year of operation, we have funded 41 organizations and five City agencies and provided...

Children are our future decisionmakers, drivers of our economy, and parents of generations to follow.  Their financial, ...
10/29/2020
Pioneering Health-Wealth Solutions for Children | Grantmakers In Health

Children are our future decisionmakers, drivers of our economy, and parents of generations to follow. Their financial, physical, and mental health, in turn, will directly affect the health-wealth outcomes of their children. What can funders do to promote health-wealth strategies across the child life-course?

Christi Baker, Abby Hughes Holsclaw, and Joseph A. Antolín of Asset Funders Network share some recommendations in this #ViewsFromTheField, originally published in our October bulletin.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/pioneering-health-wealth-solutions-for-children/

Today, as we navigate the pandemic, deep racial and economic inequities in health and wealth outcomes have been revealed and amplified for children—especially children of color. Health and wealth are inextricably linked. Investments to improve health outcomes using the social determinants of healt...

Like many funding organizations, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. has been on a journey to incorpora...
10/28/2020
Can We Have It All? Balancing Key Factors in Evaluating a Grant Portfolio | Grantmakers In Health

Like many funding organizations, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. has been on a journey to incorporate strategic evaluation into its grantmaking, and in 2019, completed an ambitious suite of impact evaluations in partnership with Health Resources in Action.

"Throughout the evaluation, we confronted decisions that required consideration of the relative importance of each one. Several themes emerged—Rigor, Grantee Customization, Funder Role, and Evaluation Capacity Building—which we believe have relevance for funders considering an evaluation of a grant portfolio."

In this #ViewsFromTheField, Michelle Brodesky (Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.) and Lisa Wolff (Health Resources in Action) discuss their experiences with each theme and offer guiding questions to support funders in designing the approach that is appropriate for the organization, grantees, and context.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/can-we-have-it-all-balancing-key-factors-in-evaluating-a-grant-portfolio/

Like many funding organizations, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., has been on a journey to incorporate strategic evaluation into its grantmaking, and in 2019, completed an ambitious suite of impact evaluations. The evaluation had multiple aims, including: determining the portfol...

In this #ViewsFromTheField, Debbie Chang of Blue Shield of California Foundation and Laura Landy of The Rippel Foundatio...
10/26/2020
Building an Equitable Future for Health and Well-Being | Grantmakers In Health

In this #ViewsFromTheField, Debbie Chang of Blue Shield of California Foundation and Laura Landy of The Rippel Foundation outline key insights from FORESIGHT, a partnership of 17 philanthropies that is catalyzing a vision for the future of health and well-being centered on two things: (1) the game-changing trends, challenges, and opportunities on the horizon; and (2) the aspirations of a diversity of communities throughout the U.S.

#healthequity

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/building-an-equitable-future-for-health-and-well-being/

FORESIGHT is the name for a partnership of 17 philanthropies that is catalyzing a vision for the future of health and well-being centered on two things: the game-changing trends, challenges, and opportunities on the horizon; and the aspirations of a diversity of communities throughout the U.S.

“Gilead knows that it will take more than medicine to end some of the greatest public health crises of our time. The soc...
10/23/2020

“Gilead knows that it will take more than medicine to end some of the greatest public health crises of our time. The social, economic, and political factors that drive infectious disease epidemics present formidable challenges to our work. But together – in partnership with communities most directly impacted – program by program, we can help improve health outcomes for the most marginalized populations and help change lives.”

Check out our Grantmaker Focus on Gilead Sciences in the October Bulletin.

#GIHBulletin #GrantmakerFocus

https://www.gih.org/grantmaker-focus/gilead-sciences-inc/

We're moving! The GIH office has relocated to a new suite (in the same building) as of today, October 22, 2020. Please n...
10/22/2020
We're Moving! | Grantmakers In Health

We're moving! The GIH office has relocated to a new suite (in the same building) as of today, October 22, 2020. Please note the following address in your system to ensure that we continue to hear from you: 1100 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036. While GIH staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, we check incoming mail weekly.

https://www.gih.org/gih-news/were-moving/

The GIH office has relocate to a new suite (in the same building) as of October 22, 2020. Please note the following address in your system to ensure that we continue to hear from you: 1100 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100

"I recently had the pleasure of welcoming the newest cohort of fellows to the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Lea...
10/21/2020

"I recently had the pleasure of welcoming the newest cohort of fellows to the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. We spent three afternoons together learning about each other’s leadership style, talking about how to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments, discussing how to advance health equity through the work of their foundations, and engaging community leaders in a discussion on power sharing and how to more effectively partner with community organizations to effect change."

Read CEO Cara James' reflections on GIH's first virtual Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in the opening letter of the October Bulletin.

https://www.gih.org/publication/gih-bulletin-october-2020/

Three years ago, the EITC Funders Network started more deeply exploring the growing body of research on the intersection...
10/16/2020
Health Equity and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): COVID-19 Spotlights the Need for Cross-Sector Collaborations | Grantmakers In Health

Three years ago, the EITC Funders Network started more deeply exploring the growing body of research on the intersections between the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and health outcomes. This research became a foundation for fostering cross-sector discussions and collaborations to promote both economic opportunity and health equity.

In this #ViewsFromTheField, Sabine Schoenbach, Senior Associate at the EITC Funders Network, interviews Giridhar Mallya, Senior Policy Officer at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, about the growing body of research linking the EITC to health equity, policy opportunities in the wake of the unequal and devastating impacts of COVID-19, and recent bright spots and collaborative efforts in this work.

#healthequity #EITC

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/health-equity-and-the-earned-income-tax-credit-eitc-covid-19-spotlights-the-need-for-cross-sector-collaborations/

Three years ago, the EITC Funders Network started more deeply exploring the growing body of research on the intersections between the Earned Income Tax Credit and health outcomes. This research became a foundation for fostering cross-sector discussions and collaborations to promote both economic opp...

Registration is now open for Grantmakers In Health's Virtual Fall Forum!This year's virtual convening will provide polic...
10/15/2020

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:

"Better Health, Stronger Democracy" will explore how health funders are promoting civic engagement, protecting voter rights, and engaging in post-census electoral redistricting.

"Food for a Healthier America" will examine current food access and security policy, the gaps and challenges laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and philanthropy’s role in creating a more equitable and just food system.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your funder colleagues in this critical year.
https://www.gih.org/event/2020-fall-forum/

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