Tagged: Community Development

Pathways to Healthy Housing in Austin, Texas

This blog reports back from the Housing + Health summit, mentioned in a recent Healthy Community Initiatives blog featuring the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. On his visit to Austin, Texas last year, David J. Erickson, the Director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, noted that Austin could be the community …

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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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NYC to Build Largest Health Facility In Its History: A Neighborhood

A hundred years ago at the height of the tuberculosis epidemic, New York City’s planners and public health establishment mobilized to develop what the New York Times called “…the largest and finest hospital ever built” for tuberculosis.  Operating in the absence of any known cure for the disease, the Sea View Tuberculosis Hospital’s medical facilities …

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Post-Election Insights for Community Development Moving Forward at LISC Conference

Read the full Dispatches series!   What conference did you attend? I was in Houston, Texas for the 2016 LISC National Leadership Conference. I was able to tour an equitable transit-oriented community development project in the South Union neighborhood of Houston the first day, and attend panels and network the second day. The conference was …

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Rethinking Health Equity and the Right to Health

Read the full Dispatches series!   What meetings did you attend? I was in Atlanta, GA for the annual Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) conference, this year with the theme “Rethink.” I also was in Denver for the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) meeting, this year called “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to …

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A Big Tent: Cross-Sector Community Development in Albuquerque

Read the full Dispatches series!   Where were you? I was in Albuquerque for the Healthy Communities Forum: Social Determinants and Local Economic Development. It was sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). It was remarkable how diverse of a group had …

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Staying Healthy: The Role of Aging in Community

Read the full Expert Insight series! A Growing Challenge The older adult population (age 55 and up) climbs in droves each year, yet a constant refrain voiced by older adults is the overwhelming preference of aging in place in their communities. The advantages to aging in place include community engagement, improved mental and physical well-being, …

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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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