Tagged: Housing

Why did a public health guy go to a green charrette?

As a guy working towards equity, my career has been a continuous journey of peeling back layers to identify the root causes of disparate health outcomes. I started at the cellular and biological level in undergrad, moved to the individual behavioral level in grad school, and have now traveled even further upstream to the community …

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

What meeting did you attend? The first partner agency meeting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Leaders Program (CoHL) in Washington, D.C. The CoHL Program is funded by RWJF and led by two D.C. based health-equity focused nonprofits; the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION. The Network is one of seven …

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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

Susan Neufeld, Vice President of Resident Programs and Services for BRIDGE Housing Corporation (BRIDGE), describes the existing 606-unit Potrero Terrace and Annex housing projects as “an island of poverty in a sea of wealth.” Unlike many distressed public housing complexes that are surrounded by other disadvantaged neighborhoods, residents of Potrero Terrace and Annex, with a …

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Developing Communities With Health in Mind

This article first appeared on The Pew Charitable Trusts blog January 14, 2015.   The Health Impact Project spends a great deal of time talking about the social determinants of health and about health equity, but what do these terms really mean? Simply put, a person’s health is affected by a complex array of social …

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Investing With Health in Mind

Last summer, we introduced our magazine of stories illustrating the deep connections between neighborhood and health. Our first piece brought readers to two housing developments in Arizona designed for (and with) grandparents raising grandchildren. Our next essay explores 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

Of the East Lake Meadows public housing project before revitalization, says Carol Naughton of Purpose Built Communities, “the only thing that was working was the drug trade.” Frequently called “Little Vietnam” – as in, a war zone — the Atlanta neighborhood grappled with extreme poverty, violent crime, abysmal educational outcomes and high unemployment. The poorly built, 40-year-old public …

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Rolling Hills Apartments, St. Paul, Minnesota

“Wherever there is conflict in the world, a few years later you start to see that population showing up here,” says Andriana Abariotes, executive director of Twin Cities LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Minneapolis-St. Paul has a long history of welcoming immigrants and refugees from around the world and is home to many organizations serving …

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New Report Makes the Case for Linking Health and Community Development to Build Stronger, Healthier Communities

I am very pleased to call attention to Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health, a new report that my colleagues and I have created to explain why and how we should link the important work of the community development and health sectors. For years, community development and health practitioners have invested time, effort …

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San Pablo Avenue Corridor, Oakland, California

Not all community developers are aware that the work they’re doing has the potential to improve health, but the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) has built health into its strategic plan, and in the neighborhood revitalization work of the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC), convened by EBALDC, health is the first priority. The San …

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Columbia Parc at the Bayou District, New Orleans, Louisiana

The St. Bernard Public Housing Development was already in severe disrepair and only 75 percent occupied on August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit leaving much of the Bayou District neighborhood submerged in eight feet of water. One of four large public housing complexes in New Orleans, the St. Bernard was notorious for its blighted …

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