Health Disparities / Social Determinants of Health

A Blog for and about Funders Focused on Health and the Environment
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As 2020 winds down, HEFN wishes a fond farewell to Steering Committee leaders whose terms end this year, and extends deepest gratitude for the myriad contributions they’ve made to the HEFN community.
As the unprecedented challenges of the past year overflow into 2021, HEFN is deeply grateful for the unwavering support of the environmental health and justice community that supported its work in 2020.
Flint Lead Poisoning Image - Flint Water Tower
With the widespread media coverage of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, cities, advocacy groups, and philanthropy have adjusted their assumption that the country’s laws and infrastructure assure the public safe and healthy drinking water. In response, the...
Lead Levels Graphic
Clean drinking water is a health essential, but too often not people’s reality. This post explores what the unfolding story in Flint Michigan is revealing about environmental health hazards, as well as what it's catalyzing in philanthropy to improve...
Reflections and takeaways on the "Power of Voice" - the theme of Grantmakers In Health's 2014 Annual Meeting - in this blog post.
The Kresge Foundation shares their story of improving children's health locally and nationally through healthier housing conditions.
The California Wellness Foundation shares their story about working with a project that successfully tracks and resolves environmental health hazards in California communities.
Growing Up Health MN
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation President Carolyn Link shares stories from the foundation's Growing Up Healthy Initiative. Since 2006, the initiative has supported organizations focused on housing conditions, early childhood education and...
An interview with Grantmakers In Health's new President and CEO Faith Mitchell. Faith shares her plans for GIH, visions for health philanthropy, and opportunities for collaboration on health determinants and disparities.
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Ellen Braff-Guajardo, based in Fresno, California, is the Director of Regional Programs at the Sierra Health Foundation.

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