2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funder/Foundation Panel: What Do Funders Look For?

Achieving health equity requires innovative solutions that address the social determinants of health, but also requires funding to deliver more mission to communities. Health funders are currently engaging in a broad range of efforts that target the social, economic, and environmental factors that impact health, enhance equity and foster innovation. 

This panel discussion will address what funders and foundations are specifically looking for from organizations and programs they are considering funding.

Key issues to be covered include:

  • What foundations are looking for when making funding decisions

  • Creating mutually advantageous financial arrangements for funding the delivery of social services to high-need, high-cost populations 

  • Calculating the return on investment from integrating social services with medical care

  • The importance of data during the appeal process to demonstrate your impact and gain additional funding



Karen Remley, MD

Senior Fellow

de Beaumont Foundation

Karen Remley, MD, joined the Foundation in August 2018 as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Remley, who has more than thirty years of experience in public health and healthcare, previously served as chief executive officer of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  In her role as senior fellow, Dr. Remley serves an advisory and leadership role in the Foundation’s efforts to create practical solutions to build healthier communities. She brings a unique combination of public health, healthcare, and clinical experience and a track record of improving social and economic factors that result in better health for all. In addition to leading the AAP, Dr. Remley has had a prestigious and diverse career as a commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a pediatric emergency physician, and the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Virginia.



Brian Castrucci

Chief Executive Officer

de Beaumont Foundation

Brian Castrucci is a disruptor, instigator, and fierce advocate for public health. Inside Philanthropy once described him as a “fount of knowledge and passion when it comes to health” who speaks with “sound-bite-perfect urgency” on the social determinants of health. Over the past six years, Brian has helped build the de Beaumont Foundation into a national powerhouse in public health philanthropy and advocacy, and he now serves as the Foundation’s chief executive officer. An award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience in state and local health departments, Brian brings a unique

background that allows him to shape and implement visionary and practical initiatives and partnerships that bring together research and practice to improve public health.

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Garth Graham, MD


Aetna Foundation

Garth Graham, MD, is a leading authority on social determinants of health. President of the Aetna Foundation and vice president of community health for Aetna, Inc., Garth is also a cardiologist and public health expert. He oversees the community health initiatives for the Foundation and Aetna, Inc., bringing his experience as a former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama and Bush administrations where he also ran the Office of Minority Health. He directed the development of the federal government’s first National Health Disparities Plan released under the Obama administration.


Tanya Shah

Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform

The Commonwealth Fund

Tanya Shah joined The Commonwealth Fund as senior program officer in the Delivery System Reform Program with responsibility for the high-need, high-cost population portfolio. Previously, Tanya was assistant commissioner, Bureau of Primary Care Access and Planning with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she was responsible for creating the mission and developing the strategic plan for the bureau. She oversaw all functions including policy analysis, program management and evaluation, and budgeting and resource allocation. She helped guide planning related to primary care, Affordable Care Act implementation and the New York State legislative agenda. Recent work has included policy analysis on the impact of DSRIP, health planning for the New York’s State Health Improvement Plan, and health access for immigrants.