Roundtable Discussion: Braiding and Blending Funds to Promote Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
9-11:30 a.m. (ET)
Brookings Institution – Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Brookings Institution’s Braiding and Blending Working Group hosted an event in Washington, DC, exploring how to establish more flexible funding strategies to improve community health and economic mobility. The event was featured in a live webcast.

The discussion began with an introduction to the topic of “braiding and blending” funds from different sources and the challenges of achieving such flexible funding. A panel deepened the conversation by providing examples and lessons from governments and organizations in the field. A second panel discussion assessed policy steps that could be taken to facilitate a better environment for addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with braiding and blending funds.

A third panel discussion, exploring innovative policy steps to support braiding and blending of funds, featured NASHP Senior Policy Associate Amy Clary.

This public event was part of an ongoing project at Brookings focusing on encouraging cross-sector collaboration to improve community health and economic mobility. As part of this project, the working group recently collaborated with the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Initiative (PFSI) to release a blog series on Uniting funding streams for health and social innovation. Access more on the Brookings Health-Economic Mobility project here and read an in-depth description of the May 1 event here and register for the webcast here.

NASHP resources exploring braiding and blending strategies can be found here.