Today's Date: May 16, 2021
Save the Galaxy in the Epic Saga of Commander Shepard With Mass Effect Legendary Edition Today   •   Clark Atlanta University Partners With the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) To Launch $1 Million Partners   •   MetroPlusHealth to Host Virtual Town Hall: Stand Up Against Anti-Asian Hate   •   ScholarShare 529 to Offer Families College Savings Stimulus for 529 Day   •   BREAKING NEWS: CAIR Joins Boycott of White House Eid Celebration in Response to Biden Administration's Defense of Israeli Attack   •   Young Women with Chest Pain Wait Longer and Receive Less Urgent Care Than Men   •   California Family Physicians Applaud Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine to Adolescents   •   KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Hudson Grove, a New-Home Community in North Jacksonville, Priced from the $270,000s   •   Mental Health in Focus: Healthline Announces Next Live Town Hall   •   The Race Epidemic Documentary Featuring CA Attorney General Rob Bonta, Former Treasurer John Chiang, Congressmember Judy Chu Pre   •   Grand Council Treaty #3, Canada and Ontario sign a Memorandum of Understanding to improve education for First Nations students   •   RYB Education, Inc. Files Its Annual Report on Form 20-F   •   Pole for Grosjean, Honda at GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis   •   Pyxus International, Inc. Announces Date of 2021 Annual Meeting   •   Optime Care Calls for Greater Awareness of Hereditary Angioedema, Highlights Patient-First Strategy for Treatment and Optimized   •   Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Hosts Education Panel in Support of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Mont   •   IndyCar Drivers Take Flight at LIFT Academy   •   Scott’s Liquid Gold-Inc. Reports First Quarter Results   •   After 59 Years, the Families of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 Receive Closure   •   Mastercard and National Women’s Soccer League Announce Multi-Year Partnership Centered on Elevating Visibility for the Spo
Bookmark and Share

Report: Health Equity For The Poor Not A Priority

 WASHINGTON - Geography, poverty, literacy rates and other social factors exert greater cumulative influence on disparate health outcomes in the United States than do disease, injury or mortality.
General, Black News, African American News , Latino News, Hispanic News,  Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality
Yet, less than one third of 880 foundations and institutional grantmakers that give billions towards health-related causes in the U.S. have made addressing the needs of underserved communities their top priority, according to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), a research and advocacy group that monitors philanthropic giving.

“If improving the health of our nation is important to philanthropy, then we have to focus more on the needs of the most underserved and on making these communities integral participants in systemic reform efforts,” said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP, which released the new report on the heels of the first anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act. “We can’t wait for health reform to slowly trickle down, especially given the uncertainty of the current political climate.”

In “Towards Transformative Change in Health Care,” longtime foundation veteran and report author Terri Langston highlights the tremendous need and opportunities to address health outcomes and health policy inclusively, citing the work of currently existing philanthropic institutions that are leading by example.

“I am inspired by the innovative and forward-thinking programs being funded by a number of philanthropies across the country,” said Langston. “I share their stories with the grantmaking community in the hopes that others will learn from them, emulate the work and help move our country closer toward health equity. Especially at this critical time of implementing health reform, we can’t afford not to.”

Langston and NCRP recommend two strategies for health funders to improve significantly the impact of their philanthropy: allocating at least 50 percent of their grant dollars to benefit underserved communities and 25 towards advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement that promotes long-term systemic reform.

Analysis by NCRP also shows that of the 363 foundations that gave an average of at least $1 million in domestic health grants from 2007-2009, only 28 percent dedicated at least half of their grantmaking for the intended benefit of underserved communities. Only 7 percent designated at least a quarter of their grantmaking for systemic change.

Within the full sample of 880 foundations analyzed, NCRP identified 22 grantmaking institutions that met or exceeded both recommended levels of support. Five of these foundations include: The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, the Colorado Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and Quantum Foundation (Fl.)

NCRP used the Foundation Center’s intended beneficiary coding system to develop its definition of
“marginalized communities,” which includes, but is not limited to, those who are economically disadvantaged; women and girls; people with HIV/AIDS; people with disabilities; aging, elderly and senior citizens; immigrants and refugees; crime/abuse victims; offenders and ex-offenders; and LGBTQ citizens.

“NCRP’s new report describes concretely how its principles for effective philanthropy can be operationalized to promote transformational change,” said Lauren LeRoy, president and CEO of Grantmakers In Health. “At this critical time created by the passage of health reform, it points the way for bold action by health funders to reduce health inequalities and build a high-performing system.”

According to the report, foundations should leverage the tremendous opportunity that the Affordable Care Act provides to address some of the nation’s most pressing health problems, including obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases, by emphasizing health and influential social factors for all communities’ wellbeing that can reduce the need for expensive medical interventions.

Langston offers practical suggestions for funders that seek to improve the effectiveness of their health grantmaking, including working collaboratively with other foundations, government and advocacy organizations, and initiating “place-based” work in their communities.


READ FULL REPORT HERE


The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., is a national watchdog, research and advocacy organization that promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.


STORY TAGS: General, Black News, African American News, Latino News, Hispanic News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News