Business Leadership in Health

The business sector plays a critical role in cross-sector collaborations that build a Culture of Health. Corporations that invest in health signal its importance to company mission and community leadership. Through corporate giving, businesses contribute a significant amount of philanthropic support to a range of sectors that influence health, including education and community development. Investments in such sectors have the power to spur meaningful improvements in health.

According to CECP’s—Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose—Giving in Numbers report, in 2020, the median corporate contribution from a set of the U.S.’s largest companies to K–12 and higher education programs was $0.9 and $0.5 million, respectively, along with $1.2 million to community and economic development programs and $3.4 to health and social service programs. Between 2019 and 2020, there was significant growth in the contributions to health and social service programs from reporting companies, but a reduction in contributions in other areas. The higher the corporate contributions, the more opportunities the U.S. has to expand or develop new programs in key sectors that drive health.

Source: Customized analysis of Giving in Numbers, CECP, 2020

  • MEDIAN CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

  • TOTAL CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDUCATION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AND HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Federal investment in Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to policymaking that takes health into consideration in the development of policies across sectors. By bringing leaders of non-health sectors together with public health experts in the decision-making process, these policies are designed to promote community health and well-being.

In the fiscal year 2021, 40% of the federal executive agencies' budget was health-related. This represents a change from FY2015, where the percentage was closer to 38%. Key federal agencies with strong health-related funding include the Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation and the USDA. Higher average percentages suggests that federal agencies are more routinely considering the upstream drivers of population health and well-being when developing and funding programs.

Source: U.S. federal executive agency budget justifications submitted to Congress for appropriation, RAND-RWJF analysis, 2021

  • PERCENT OF U.S. FEDERAL EXECUTIVE AGENCIES' INVESTMENT THAT IS HEALTH RELATED

  • U.S. FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN HEALTH, BY FEDERAL EXECUTIVE AGENCY