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Complex Needs Through a Health Equity Lens: What Can Philanthropy Actually Do?

December 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

The health and well-being of those who have faced a lifetime of structural racism are impacted much more strongly than other groups, especially as they age; for example, Black older people are dying from COVID-19 at 3.6 times the rate of older whites. Philanthropy has responded to many immediate needs, but if the system of discrimination in the social determinants of health does not change, then the same inequities will continue. Without strong philanthropic investment at the systems level, we may survive the current pandemic, but nothing will have fundamentally changed.

Join Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health for an important conversation on addressing these difficult issues. Learn about specific efforts to link together a systems approach with activities on the ground and examples of how local communities can make a difference in the lives of those that are usually left behind.


Kathryn Lawler, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI), a regional collaboration to understand and transform the system that keep Atlantans, particularly those of color, from achieving good health and overall wellbeing.

Carly Hare, National Director/Coalition Catalyst of Change Philanthropy, whose goal is to unify identity-focused philanthropic affinity groups into an empowered coalition to integrate diversity, inclusion, and social justice into philanthropic practice, transforming the sector’s culture to be one that embraces equity.

This webinar is presented jointly by Grantmakers In Aging and Grantmakers In Health and is sponsored by The Seven Foundation Collaborative; Arnold Ventures, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and Milbank Memorial Fund.


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