People’s relationship with money impacts their health. Far beyond healthcare access and affordability, wealth and numerous social factors related to where people live, work, and play impacts a person’s health. Data indicates assets, income, and health are inexorably linked—but why aren’t the solutions?

Most funders are interested in improving the health and well-being of those impacted by their giving, regardless of their formal areas of focus. This is certainly true of asset funders, and it is particularly salient to funders who focus on health. These materials, including a brief, discussion guide, webinar, and webinar presentation, outline the relationship between health and wealth at all stages of life.

They are accompanied by valuable external resources which detail reports on the connection between financial health and wellness in the public sphere, including:

  • The Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) report, Financial Health is Public Health,
  • a report brief by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, Shorter Lives, Poorer Health,
  • and the report Giving Everyone the Health of the Educated: An Examination of Whether Social Change Would Save More Lives Than Medical Advances.

Other valuable materials include pieces that look at sectors of the American landscape in relation to financial health and the public, specifically Missouri, including:

  • an article on The Making of Ferguson,
  • a report from The Sake of All on The Health and Well-Being of African Americans in St. Louis.

Other sectors of the population examined in these external resources include the aging population in Staying at Home: The Role of Financial Services in Promoting Aging in the Community, a joint publication by National Community Reinvestment Coalition, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Community Development Investment Center.

These resources were part of the 2017 Grantmaker Conference which framed key issues, and elevated promising approaches and timely, relevant research to support strategic and impactful investments. This conference aimed to foster peer-to-peer conversations to help grantmakers bring the desired short and long-term outcomes as reflected in our theme Accelerating Ideas into Action. View all the resources from this conference.

Resources Sponsors
These materials were sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., The California Wellness Foundation, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, and Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio.