i | Striving for Health Equity:Opportunities as Identified by Leaders in the Field
At its March 2011 annual meeting, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) convened the inaugural gathering of theNational Alliance for Health Equity (NAHE), a funder collaborative focused on issues related to addressing disparities and promoting health equity. NAHE was designed to create a learning community in which fun-ders would explore emerging strategies and engage in frank discussion regarding challenges faced in their work. During this meeting, participants developed the concept for an expert report that would outlinestrategic solutions and recommendations for funders conducting disparities-related work. This report wouldalso serve as a guideline for future GIH disparities programming.Strategies explored in this report will provide funders with opportunities for intervening along a continuumof upstream and downstream approaches to address health disparities. Hopefully it will also stimulate collab-oration across philanthropy to tackle systems and policies contributing to disparities in health.
Striving for Health Equity: Opportunities as Identified by Leaders in the Field
would not have been possible without the generous support of GIH Funding Partners: the Aetna Foundation and the MissouriFoundation for Health. The author is Dr. Brian Smedley, vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. This project was initially managed by Alicia Thomas, former senior program associate at GIH. Additional support was provided by Faith Mitchell, GIHvice president for program and strategy; Cara Chervin, GIH program associate; and Leila Polintan, GIHcommunications manager.