All Resources with Theme of: What Makes a Healthy Community

The Story of Booth Child Development Center

This video tells the story of the Booth Memorial Child Development Center, which was renovated to improve the health of the children and staff.

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Nonprofit Readiness for Health Partnership

The Nonprofit Readiness for Health Partnership tool from the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) helps community-based organizations that are considering partnering with healthcare organizations identify capacity or investment needs so that they can be well positioned to explore partnership opportunities. This free, downloadable resource was developed as part of NFF’s Healthy Outcomes Initiative, supported by The Kresge Foundation. For more insights from the Healthy …

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The Evolution and Future of the Healthy Communities Movement

Over the past four decades, the Healthy Communities movement has transformed traditional definitions and approaches to health.

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What Is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?

by Paula Braveman, Elaine Arkin, Tracy Orleans, Dwayne Proctor, Alonzo Plough This is a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Definitions can matter. While differences between some definitions may represent stylistic preferences, others can reflect deep divides in values and beliefs that can be used to justify and promote very different policies and practices. Clarity is …

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Urban Blight and Public Health

We spend more than 2/3rds of our time where we live; thus, housing and neighborhood conditions invariably affect our individual and family’s well-being. The health impacts from blighted properties—substandard housing, abandoned buildings, and vacant lots—are often not immediately visible or felt. This report—Urban Blight and Public Health—synthesizes recent studies on the complexities of how blight …

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Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

  The potential of community-based solutions to advance health equity is a focus because the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asked the Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity to consider solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level. However, the report focus should not be interpreted to …

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Improving Community Health Through Hospital Community Benefit Spending: Charting a Path to Reform

A new report from the George Washington University funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation outlines strategy for the Trump administration to expand the role of tax-exempt hospitals in community health improvement Acting under existing legislative authority and without new funding, the new Administration can give hospitals greater flexibility over tax-exempt …

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Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health

A resource for those working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.

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#NetworkCommons Kicks Off With Vibrant Discussion

This year, The Network is hard at work rolling out many different resources for community development and health practitioners. These resources will come in different forms, from a “jargon buster” that demystifies common industry terms to a one-stop shop of tools to measure the health-related impacts of community development. But the centerpiece of all these …

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Demystifying Community Development

It’s a vital force that lifts people out of poverty. The community development sector invests more than $200 billion annually in low-income communities. But what does “community development” entail? Here at the Network, we have been thinking about how to define the term community development, especially for our partners outside the field. We are working on …

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What is Financial Health? And Why Public Health and Community Development Professionals Should Pay Attention

Financial services are an important form of community development. And as the President and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Jennifer Tescher is working to improve the financial health of all Americans with a specific focus on the underserved. The Build Healthy Places Network’s Barbara Ray sat down with Tescher in Chicago …

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Rob Grossinger on How to Get the Housing and Health Care Sectors to Collaborate

Rob Grossinger is a vice president at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., where he works on community stabilization and the intersection of health care and housing. He spoke with Build Healthy Places Network’s Barbara Ray in Chicago. Barbara Ray: Why is an affordable housing developer interested in public health? Rob Grossinger: Let’s start with the overarching …

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: A Progress Report

This progress report was prepared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program reached its midway point in the grant.

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Linking Community Development and Health

Testimony by David Erickson of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America.

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The Role of Schools in Promoting Physical Activity

This infographic highlights a few ways that schools can promote daily physical activity for kids. Comprehensive physical activity programs not only offer children the skills to learn how to be physically active for a lifetime, but also provide physical and mental benefits which help them perform better in school.

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