The Spring 2016 supplement of the Stanford Social Innovation Review explores the work of different funders and organizations that are addressing areas of inequity in various aspects of life that affect health. Published for Grantmakers in Health with support from the Aetna Foundation, the supplement explores philanthropy in addressing health disparities, the challenges to health equity, and diverse projects addressing these issues. The articles include (descriptions come from the supplement):
- Innovations in Health Equity and Health Philanthropy — Funders are devising new approaches that account for the impact that social issues have on people’s health.
- Illuminating the Health Equity Challenge — The causes of health inequity are diverse and entwined; the solutions will be as well.
- Partnering with Philanthropy in Native America — Community-based organizations, philanthropic institutions, and federal agencies—all are needed to support and sustain revitalization efforts.
- Building Power, Building Health — By catalyzing the power of people to make change, community organizers equip people at every level to overcome the myriad barriers to health.
- Promoting Health Impact Assessments — Health impact assessments can be used to bring the social determinants of health into the policymaking process.
- Building a Healthier Nail Salon Industry — A coalition of organizations in New York has made progress in improving the lives and health of nail salon workers.
- Embracing Healing Justice in California — A Stockton, Calif., organization is striving to transform its city through culturally rooted, healing-centered practices and a pedagogy of love.
- Ending LGBT Health Inequities — Philanthropy can pursue several effective approaches to improve LGBT health.
- Achieving Healthy Communities Through Transit Equity — Expanding public transit systems to connect low-income communities to healthy environments, high-quality education, and well-paying jobs isn’t enough. Transit has to be affordable as well as accessible.
- Using Fair Housing to Achieve Health Equity — Fair housing initiatives that focus on dispersion ignore the social structures and processes that result in the inequitable distribution of resources necessary for health.
- Reducing Health Disparities in Atlanta — A coalition of organizations is improving the health of low-income communities.
See the full supplement Innovations in Health Equity.