Tagged: collaboration

Growing Community Health on the Ground

For a long time, parks and other urban green spaces were thought of as nice amenities—but not much more. They were beautiful and relaxing, but far from necessary for neighborhood health and well-being. More recently, several studies have suggested that urban greenery makes us healthier, both physically and mentally. “Now,” said Groundwork USA executive director Stephen Burrington, “it’s recognized that …

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Where Health Meets Equity in Ohio

Redlining has a long and unsavory history in America. A policy initiated by the federal Home Owners Loan Corporation in the 1930s in order to stabilize the housing market, its discriminatory impact on low-income and minority communities continues to be felt today. “These are still the areas that struggle,” said Lisa Nelson, community development advisor …

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Listening Beyond the Big City: Improving Health and Opportunity in Midsize, Small, and Rural Towns

Off the top of your head, do you know how many cities, towns, and villages there are in the entire United States? It’s true that cities are where most Americans live: 10 cities have over a million residents- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas, and San Jose. But what about …

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In Texas, Cross-Sector Partnerships to Fight Suburban Poverty

Austin is making a big bet on the future of urban health care, and unlikely partnerships among the health, urban planning, and community development sectors are at its core. Earlier this year, the University of Texas opened the Dell Medical School, the first new medical school tied to a research university in the country in …

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Cleveland’s Greater University Circle Initiative: An Anchor-Based Strategy for Change

Read the full Expert Insight series! This article and video first appeared on the Grant Makers in Health blog in September 2016. Cities are increasingly turning to their “anchor” institutions as drivers of economic development, harnessing the power of these major economic players to benefit urban neighborhoods. This is especially true for cities that are struggling …

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Disruptive Strategies to Build a More Perfect Union

Read the full Expert Insight series! This article and video first appeared on LIIF’s Just.Good.Capital blog in September 2016. In the past, we built our neighborhoods and cities in ways that divided and segregated us – from the homes we live in to the roads we drive on. Over the next decade we’ll invest trillions …

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Three Joining Forces Grantees Share How CDFIs Help Them Meet their Health Equity Goals

Across the country, new opportunities like the BUILD Health Challenge are pushing community organizations to form cross-sector partnerships in order to improve and promote . One valuable collaborative partner is the  sector, which brings public and private investment into place-based initiatives. How are communities leveraging  (CDFIs) and other community development organizations to address their population health goals? Our …

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Addressing Health From All Angles in Milwaukee

Protesters took to the streets in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last month after the fatal police shooting of a black man. Among their concerns was the over-reliance on policing and incarceration in low-income communities to address problems associated with systemic poverty and poor health. Their concerns are very real. Far too many low-income men and women cycle …

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Dispatches: Romi Hall Addresses Cross-Sector Collaboration at the 2016 NACCHO Conference

Read the full Dispatches series! What meeting did you attend? I presented with the Build Healthy Places Network at the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO): Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity 2016 annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I presented on the following three sessions: Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Improving Health Equity: Community Development and …

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Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

As our nation struggles with what is fair and just, and for whom, the urgent call for equity rings loudly. In philanthropy, equity is high on the agenda among major players, for example, the Ford Foundation, Kresge, Kellogg, the California Endowment, and many others. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new push for a Culture of …

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