Easterling, D., & McDuffee, L. (2018, March 14). Finding leverage over the social determinants of health: Insights from a study of 33 health conversion foundations. Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Year: 2018


This article analyzed the strategic frameworks of 33 conversion foundations from throughout the US that have a reputation for addressing social and economic issues through interviews with foundation leaders. Authors identified five strategic pathways for improving social and economic condition that ranged from improving existing institutions to changing who has political power, and argue that health equity funders have more disruptive strategies to address social determinants of health. Authors conclude that foundations seeking to change social and economic conditions should think strategically, clarify the level and type of change they are seeking, consider how the organization needs to adapt, and invest for the long haul.

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