Tagged: Food

Partnering with CDFIs: Catalysts for Sustainable Community Development

A health-focused revitalization effort in Roanoke, Virginia brought together a CDFI and many cross-sector partners.

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Growing Community Health on the Ground

Investments in urban greenery can empower communities and improve health.

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Building Community Around Food Access

Joining Forces Grantee and Network Commons speaker, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield, discusses how partnering with CDFIs can help achieve health equity goals.

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Amp Your Good: A New Social Venture Rethinks How Food Drives Can Improve Health

Guest blogger, Patrick O’Neill, CEO of New Jersey-based social venture, Amp Your Good, tells us how everyday consumers—with the help of technology—can make healthy foods more readily available for all, one food drive at a time.

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Children in class at Fairgate Farm

Vita Health & Wellness District, Stamford, Connecticut

In the early 2000s, Stamford Hospital began planning a major expansion. Located in Stamford, Connecticut’s West Side neighborhood, the 305-bed regional hospital envisioned a large new state-of-the-art addition to its facility. The hospital owned various pieces of real estate in the nearby neighborhood, but none were contiguous with its existing campus. Meanwhile, Charter Oak Communities (COC), …

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Dispatches: Daniel Lau on Why Leadership Matters in a Culture of Health

In this occasional series, we report on what we are discovering to help you stay on top of the cutting-edge policies, tools, and projects in the fields.

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Residents of Potrero Housing in San Francisco walk the property with manager, Uzuri Greene, San Francisco, CA. Bridge Housing, San Francisco, Bay area

Rebuild Potrero, San Francisco, California

Trauma-Informed Community Building Sets Stage for Neighborhood Revitalization

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Investing With Health in Mind

How two new funds are investing in affordable housing and other neighborhood projects that consider residents’ health and well-being.

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Four Drew Charter School students in the Villages of East, standing outside the school.

The Villages of East Lake, Atlanta, Georgia

Tipping Point: Deep, Neighborhood-Scale Transformation Creates Lasting Change

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Produce displays and check-out stands at the new Whole Foods Market.

The ReFresh Project, New Orleans, Louisiana

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the founders of what became Broad Community Connections (BCC) started attending community meetings, and exploring with their fellow community members how to rebuild a city in shambles. These conversations highlighted some of the seemingly intractable problems that many central New Orleans residents had faced even before the storm, such …

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Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, Houston, Texas

Creating Access to Opportunity by Building a “Village Center” in a Houston Neighborhood

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Three Takeaways for the Field: Grocery Stores as Community Development

Can grocery stores improve community health and well-being? For me, the answer is “yes.” Prior to my current work at the Build Healthy Places Network, I worked for a decade as a community planner committed to expanding access to healthy foods in low-income communities nationwide. One of my first projects was in Pittsburgh’s Hill District …

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Rolling Hills Apartments, St. Paul, Minnesota

Weaving Together Opportunities for Healthier Lives for a Diverse Immigrant Community

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San Pablo Avenue Corridor, Oakland, California

Community Development 2.0—Collective Impact Focuses a Neighborhood Strategy for Health

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Policy Fast Fact: Healthy Food Financing Initiative


Since 2011, the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) has leveraged over $140 million in grants and an estimated $1 billion in additional financing for grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other healthy food businesses in low-income food deserts.

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