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—Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy—Giving in Numbers report, in 2017, the median corporate contribution from a set of the U.S.’s largest companies to K–12 and higher education programs was $1.41 and $1.35 million, respectively, along with $1.48 million to community and economic development programs. Since 2014, the median contributions have fluctuated, with the lowest values for all three types of programs occurring in 2015. 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, 2018

  • MEDIAN CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

  • TOTAL CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

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 2018, eight non-health sector federal executive agencies that influence health (including agriculture, education, energy, housing, interior, justice, labor, and transportation) allocated an average of 60% of their 2018 budgets to programs explicitly intended to improve population health and/or well-being. These average allocations across all eight agencies have remained about the same (+/- 3%) since 2015. Higher average percentages in future years would suggest that federal agencies are more routinely considering 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, 2018

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

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