201078 Philanthropic Strategies to Reduce and Prevent Health Disparities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Paul Hepfer , Vice President, Healthy Communities, The Health Trust, Campbell, CA
This presentation will focus on how a local foundation developed and implemented a successful philanthropic strategy to help reduce health disparities in their community. The presentation shares important lessons for philanthropies interested in pursing an effective grantmaking and investment strategy to reduce health disparities.

The presentation will also review relevant research and literature on effective grantmaking strategies to ensure successful advocacy and policy change.

The Health Trust is a nonprofit foundation, located in Santa Clara County with a strong commitment to public health, which includes improving oral health and reducing health disparities. San Jose, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, is the largest remaining city in the United States without fluoridation. As a result, many of the area's residents—especially lower income and minority populations—experience disproportionate rates of dental caries.

Fluoridation in Silicon Valley would require a significant public investment as well as public support and commitment. To help achieve this, The Health Trust developed a comprehensive, three pronged strategy to successfully enlist the relevant stakeholders needed for effective change.

Learning Objectives:
Describe, demonstrate and evaluate philanthropic strategies to reduce health disparities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I direct community based programs, work with community based organizations and help award grants to community organizations to reduce health disparities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.