September 2016

Letter from the President
Local Health Funders are Key Players in Local Policy
Policies made at the local level have a tremendous influence on people’s health. Whether it’s the quality of foods served in schools, water fluoridation, urban zoning, or minimum-wage requirements, the list of health-related policies determined or regulated at the local level is nearly endless. Because of their in-depth understanding of community health needs and relationships with local policymakers, local health funders are uniquely positioned to inform and influence these policy decisions that can strongly shape community health and well-being.
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Views from the Field
Community-focused health philanthropy is a philanthropic style that enables you to tackle important local health issues, has a sense of mission and urgency about it, has some reasonable prospect of making a difference, and creates a practical effect on a defined geographical area.
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IViews from the Field
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a nationwide network of 33 regional philanthropy associations. Collectively, our network represents 5,500 organizations, covering all but a handful of states, making us the largest network serving philanthropy in America. One recent trend in our network is a growing focus on health-related issues and policies.
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Vitalyst Health Foundation
“During the past 19 years, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives has invested more than $100 million toward creating a healthier, more resilient Arizona. We felt that changing our name to Vitalyst Health Foundation was a great way to start our 20th year and position us for our future endeavors. It celebrates our past, as a catalyst for community health, but it adds the notion of vitality, which embodies much of the work we are now undertaking.”
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GIH NEWS

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HELP SHAPE THE JUNE 2017 GIH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Submit proposals for conference breakout sessions, site visits, film screenings, and the tech café by Friday, September 30. We are looking for sessions that actively engage health funders and we encourage you to be bold.
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PLAN TO ATTEND THE NOVEMBER 2016 GIH FALL FORUM
Register by Thursday, October 20 for the one-day GIH Fall Forum Strength in Numbers: Building Coalitions to Advance Policy Change, which will be in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 15.
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PREPARE TO NOMINATE YOUR MOST EXCEPTIONAL COLLEAGUES AND GRANTEES
Nominations for the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy are due Friday, November 4. Nominations for the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy are due Friday, December 2.
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CELEBRATE OUR NEW FUNDING PARTNERS AND FELLOWS
We wish a warm welcome to new GIH Funding Partners Gilead Sciences, Legacy Health Endowment, and VNA Foundation and a hearty congratulations to our new class of Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy fellows.
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JOIN ONE OF OUR UPCOMING WEBINARS
Stay on top of current health issues and philanthropic practice by registering for one of our upcoming webinars. There is bound to be one that interests you!

PHILANTHROPY @ WORK

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Grants & Programs
Aroha Philanthropies • Blue Shield of California Foundation • Healthcare Foundation of Wilson • HNH Foundation • Independence Blue Cross Foundation • W.K. Kellogg Foundation • The PATH Foundation • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
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Transitions
Elizabeth Honold, Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland • Keith Kehoe and Lebron McPhail, Mat-Su Health Foundation • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation • Barbara A. Leonard, Maine Health Access Foundation • O'Dell Owens, Interact for Health • S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, The California Endowment • Cathy Self, The Healing Trust
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Requests for Proposals
The Colorado Health Foundation • New York State Health Foundation
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Reports
The Commonwealth Fund • Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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Awards
National Center Award for Excellence, The Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center • Caritas Service Award, Dee Dee Chewning
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