Public Health Funder Network

The Public Health Funder Network is a community of grantmakers, donors and APHA members who recognize that philanthropy serves an important role in the improvement of population health outcomes and the overall health of communities. The network's goal: to promote a cross-sector approach to solving complex public health challenges by networking and sharing best practices. The network places a special focus on philanthropy as a catalyst to drive change through innovative strategies and partnerships with local communities and stakeholders.

In an effort to build an increasingly informed and transparent public health funding community, a network of funders and donors has been convening during the APHA Annual Meeting since 2013. Unlike most grantmaker associations, APHA has a membership that includes practitioners, scientists, educators, students and funders; and its meetings facilitate cross-sector dialogue. The Public Health Funder Network believes these conversations enhance the public health sector’s ability, both strategically and collaboratively, to impact health outcomes by investing private resources judiciously in communities served.

The APHA 2022 Annual Meeting

Join us Nov. 6-9 to engage with others at the intersection of public health and philanthropy. 

The APHA 2022 Public Health Funder Network activities: 

  1. Six peer-reviewed sessions for APHA Annual Meeting participants to learn about grantmaking in public health, discuss best practices and share work with other funders and the broader public health community.
  2. business meeting for Public Health Funder Network Planning Committee members to evaluate activities and plan for next year. New members working in philanthropy are welcome to join.
  3. social hour to highlight philanthropic partnerships with public health agencies and community-based organizations, engage in intentional dialogue and generate new insights on designing with community and innovating towards a more just public health system. 

Contact Us

PHFN Co-Chair: Irfan Hasan, Deputy Vice President for Grants, New York Community Trust, 212-686-1622

PHFN Co-Chair: Richard Thomason, Policy Director, Blue Shield of California Foundation, 415-229-5292

PHFN Founder and Co-Chair of Communications/Membership Subcommittee: Claudia Baier, Director Community Engagement/Senior Program Officer, VNA Foundation, 312-214-1521

APHA Staff Liaison to the PHFN: Torrey WassermanDevelopment Manager, 202-777-2486

And visit the APHA Annual Meeting page for general meeting information including registration information opening summer 2022. 

Creating the Funder Network I Needed (Philanthrofiles.org, Sept. 15, 2016)
We Need More Bridge-Builders in Our Fractured Era (PhilanthroFiles.org, Nov. 25, 2014)
Philanthropy helping public health achieve its objectives; Donors becoming health partners (The Nation's Health, February 2014)

Public Health Funder Network Milestones

2012
PHFN founded by APHA members based in Chicago

2013
PHFN session at the Annual Meeting in Boston: Achieving collective public health impact: building bridges between funders and community coalitions (session #3213.1)

2014
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans
1. Philanthropy’s role in advocacy and policy change (session #3118.0)
2. The ACA and philanthropy: strategies to support implementation (session #3221.0)
3. The next transformation in American healthcare: aligning health and healthcare (session #3327.0) 

2015
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting in Chicago
1. Public Health Funder Network reception (session #311.1)
2. Philanthropic strategies to advance health in all policies (session #3007.0)
3. Philanthropy’s role in measuring progress toward health improvement goals (session #3120.0)
4. The dual role of foundations and grantees in catalyzing change through advocacy (session #3229.0)
5. Taking collective action: engaging people, place and systems to improve health (session #3330.0)
6. Public Health Funder Network business meeting (session #406.0)

2016
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting in Denver
1. Public Health Funder Network reception(session #299.0) Sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation
2. Five years of building health communities in California: mid-initiative accomplishments, lessons and adaptations (session #3014.0)
3. Tools for designing and implementing adaptive funding strategies (session #3121.0) 
4. It’s not just about checking boxes: evaluation and learning in philanthropic and pubic health practice (session #3326.0)
5. Hospital community benefit: leveraging the opportunity for change (session #4010.0) 6. Partnering with community: addressing equity and health disparities through philanthropy (session #4102.0)
7. Public Health Funder Network business meeting (session #417.0)
8. Capacity building 3.0: building sustainable learning communities for effective public health delivery  (session #4288.0)

2017
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta
1. Public Health Funder Network reception (session #298.0) Sponsored by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation
2. Developing cross-sector leaders to advance health equity (session #3018.0) 
3. Funding public health in a time of political discord (session #3138.0) 
4. Using policy as a lever for improving community health practice (session #3356.0)  
5. The power of aligning partners through funding and impact measurement (session #4010.0) 
6. Healing trauma: A funder's approach to addressing violence (session #4103.1) 
7. Public Health Funder Network business meeting (session #416.0) 
8. Improving rural children's health: funders as partners and catalysts (session #4290.0) 

2018
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting in San Diego
1.  Public Health Funder Network reception (session #294) Sponsored by the Blue Shield of California Foundation
2.  Funding Grassroots, Community Solutions to Address Social Determinants of Health (session #3017)
3.  Public Health Funder Network business meeting (session #419)
4.  Centering Racial and Health Equity within Government: Lessons from Richmond, E. Salinas, Long Beach and Building Healthy Communities (session #3341)
5.  What Funders Can Do As The Opioid Epidemic Reconfigures Health Policy And Funding (session #4012)
6.  Exploring Challenges, Barriers and Results of Funders Collaborating to Expand Equity with Comprehensive School-based Health Services (session #4137)
7.  Funding and Building Cross-Sector Collaboratives to Improve Children's Health (session #4331)
8.  In Their Own Words: Community Organizers' Messages to Funders about What Works, Challenges Faced, and Relevance for Growing Health Equity Now (session #4398)

2019
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
1.  The RISE Partnership: Multi-Sector Collaboration to Build Capacity for Readiness, Implementation and Sustainability for Effectiveness (session #3014)
2.  Grantmaking Foundations 101 (session #3122)
3.  Beyond Grantmaking: Catalyzing Philanthropy and Partnerships to Improve Community Health (session #3234)
4.  Public Health Funder Network Social Hour (session #337) Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross Foundation
5.  Placed-Based Investment for Health: What Have Foundations Learned (session #4010)
6.  From Hunger Relief to Food Sovereignty: Reimagining Funding Strategies for Community Health (session #4127)
7.  Public Health Funder Network Business Meeting (session #421)
8.  Trauma-Informed Philanthropy: Moving from Knowledge to Action (session #4317)

2020
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting (online)
1. Partnerships for Change: New Foundation Strategies for Violence Prevention (session #3011)
2. Grantmaking Foundations 101 (session #3097)
3. Funding Research that Matters: Moving Beyond Inquiry to Action (session #3181)
4. Impact Investing in Credible Community Messengers: Reducing the Generational Impact of Community Violence (session #4011)
5. Activating Partnerships for Impact: How Philanthropy & Cross-Sector Collaboration Can Advance Mental Health and Addiction Outcomes (session #4104)
6. Public Health Funder Network Business Meeting (session #413)
7. Building Power to Advance Health Equity: Youth Justice Reform in the California Endowment's 10-Year Building Healthy Communities Initiative (session #4217)

2021
PHFN events at the Annual Meeting online and in Denver 
1. Communities of Solutions: Strengthening Civic Muscle in South Texas (session #2018)
2. Reimagining Philanthropy: Highlights of CDC Foundation Partnership and Strategies to Address Shifting Public Health Needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic (session #3016)
3. COVID-19 in Prisons: A Crisis Obscured, but Which Cannot be Ignored (session #3100)
4. Public Health Funder Network Social Hour (session #324) Sponsored by Caring for Colorado Foundation
5. Philanthropy as a Bridge Toward Sustainability: Building Strategic Partnerships with City Systems (session #4006)
6. Community-Based and Data-Informed Outreach and Messaging Strategies to Address Vaccine Hesitancy, Misinformation, and Access Issues in New York: Promoting Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Uptake (session #4062)
7. Public Health Funder Network Business Meeting (session #408)
8. Healthy Neighborhood Investments: How Public Health Can Champion Social Connectedness and Advance Health and Racial Equity Among Multi-Sector Partnerships and Community Development (session #4199)

Organizations Participating in Public Health Funder Network
Organization Annual Meeting
Acclivus 2020
Alameda Health System Foundation 2017
American Heart Association 2017
Annie E. Casey Foundation 2017, 2018
Asian Resources Inc. 2016
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 2013
Athabascan Nation, Chickaloon Native Village 2018
Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission 2017
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 2013-2017, 2019
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation 2016-2019
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas 2014-2015
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health 2017
Blue Shield of California Foundation 2018-2020
BUILD Health Challenge 2017
Build Healthy Places Network 2021
California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice 2020
California Community Foundation
2018
The California Endowment 2015-2016, 2018, 2020
California Wellness Foundation 2020 
Candid 2019-2020
Caring for Colorado Foundation 2020
Casa de Salud 2017
CDC Foundation 2017, 2019, 2021
Center for Community Change 2018
Center for High Impact Philanthropy 2020
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 2021
The Chicago Community Trust 2013-2015
ChangeLab Solutions 2015
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 2019
Chris 180 2017
City of Long Beach (California) 2018
City of Richmond (California) 2018
Cityhealth.org 2015
Colorado Center on Law and Policy 2016
Colorado Health Foundation 2016
The Colorado Trust 2016, 2018
Community Catalyst 2016
Community Memorial Foundation 2014-2019
Correctional Association of New York 2021
Council on Foundations 2021
Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative 2019
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 2017
de Beaumont Foundation 2014-2017, 2020
Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana/The Delta Dental Foundation 2018
DuPage County Health Department 2017
Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy 2021
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 2020
Endowment for Health 2020
Environmental Health Watch 2017
Episcopal Health Foundation 2017
EverThrive Illinois 2013
Exponent Philanthropy 2014-2019
Forefront 2017
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky 2014-2015, 2018-2019
Foundations of East Chicago 2016
Fund for a Safer Future 2013
The George Washington University School of Public Health & Services 2016
The Georgia Health Foundation  2017
Georgia State University 2017
Grantmakers in Health 2015-2019
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 2017
Greater Twin Cities United Way 2019
Group Health Research Institute 2016
Growing Well 2018
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group 2013, 2017
Health Care Council of Chicago 2020
Health Federation of Philadelphia 2019
Health Foundation in South Florida 2015
Health Management Associates 2015
Health Resources in Action 2018
Health Trust 2020
Healthcare Georgia Foundation 2017
Helmsley Charitable Trust  2019
Highmark Foundation 2013
Incarnate Word Foundation 2016
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation 2019
Indianapolis Congregation Action Network 2017
Interact for Health 2014-2019
John Merck Foundation 2015
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2014-2015
Joyce Foundation 2013, 2016-2017
Kaiser Permanente 2015
Kansas Health Foundation 2018
The Kresge Foundation 204, 2016, 2019
Legal Action Center 2018
Lewis Health Solutions 2017
Maine Health Access Foundation 2014
Mat-Su Health Foundation 2018
The Melville Charitable Trust 2014 
Methodist Healthcare Ministries 2021
Metropolitan Family Services 2020
Metta Fund 2015-2017
Missouri Foundation for Health 2016, 2018
NAMI Colorado 2016
Neighborhood Planning Unit V 2017
New America Media 2016
New Futures 2018
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 2018
New York City Department of Healthy & Mental Hygiene 2021
The New York Community Trust 2017-2019
The New York State Health Foundation 2019
New York State Office of Children and Family Services 2020
Nonprofit Strategy & Capacity Building 2016
North Dakota State University 2017
Northern Hills Ministry Center Collaborative 2021
Northwestern University 2020
NYC Health and Hospitals 2021
NYU Child Center 2021
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development 2013
One Mind 2021
Otto Bremer Trust 2017
Peg's Foundation 2020
PEK Consulting 2015-2017
Penn State University 2013
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs 2019
Pennsylvania Humanities Council 2019
Peoria City/County Health Department 2017
Pew Charitable Trusts 2015
Pfizer 2013
Philadelphia Department of Public Health 2019
Polk Bros Foundation 2014, 2017
Providence Center for Outcomes Research and Education 2020
The Public Health Good Projects 2021
Public Health Institute 2015-2016
Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago 2017
Ravenswood Health Foundation 2015
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2014, 2016-2018, 2020
Robin Hood Foundation 2021
San Francisco State University 2018
Scattergood Foundation 2019
Shift Health Accelerator  2021
Sierra Health Foundation 2020
SOULD Chicago 2018
Spark Policy Institute 2016
St. David's Foundation 2016
State of Alaska Court System 2018
State of Alaska Division of Public Health 2018
Sustainable Food Center 2016
Switch/Health Blog 2017-2019
TCC Group 2016
Trinity Church Wall Street 2020
The Boston Foundation 2018
The California Endowment 2015-2016, 2018
The Chicago Community Trust 2013-2015
The Colorado Health Foundation 2016
The Colorado Trust 2016, 2018
The George Washington University, School of Public Health and Services 2016
The Georgia Health Foundation 2017
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation 2019
The John Merck Found 2015
The Kresge Foundation 2014, 2016, 2019
The Melville Charitable Trust 2014
The New York Community Trust 2017-2019
The New York State Health Foundation 2019
Trinity Health 2016
United Way of Buffalo and Erie County 2019
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey 2019
United Way of Metro Chicago 2017
University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health 2018
University of Pennsylvania — Center for High Impact Philanthropy 2018-2019
University of Southern California 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2018
Urban Affairs Coalition 2019
Urban Health Plan, Inc. 2019
Urban Institute 2020
Van Ameringen Foundation 2020
Vitalyst Health Foundation              2015-2018
VNA Foundation 2013-2019
Well Being Trust 2020
Yale University School of Medicine 2019
Youth Research Inc. 2021