Tagged: Neighborhood & Physical Enviroment

Building Healthy Communities Through Local Economy Strategies

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) has spent the last 15 years working with thousands of local businesses, investors, and civic leaders who are actively engaged in improving local economies and communities across the U.S. and Canada. These leaders work to support entrepreneurs, drive investment in local businesses, and build equity in their …

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In Rhode Island, a Model for Upending Health Inequity

Looking at a map of the places they call home, most people can easily point to notably affluent areas versus the ones that have dilapidated homes, under-resourced schools and unsafe sidewalks—places more likely to be cut through by a six-lane highway, or to host a polluting factory rather than a supermarket stacked with fresh food …

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Partnering with CDFIs: Catalysts for Sustainable Community Development

A Neighborhood Ripe for Revitalization Roanoke, Virginia’s West End neighborhood was historically among the most vibrant and impassioned communities in the city. More recently typified by high rates of crime, poverty, poor health outcomes, and financial insecurity, West End was deemed a “target rejuvenation neighborhood” by the City of Roanoke in 2011. This story, similar …

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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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The New Housing Call for Pediatricians

On a Friday afternoon, a 3-year-old girl sat quietly in my clinic with her parents. She wore a beautiful, dimpled smile and sported a purple dress with ruffles, her dark, curly hair pulled back in a tight ponytail. I opened a book and asked her about the pictures. She turned the pages with me, smiling, …

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Playing Matchmaker for UnitedHealthcare and an Arizona Neighborhood

This article was originally posted on the NACEDA website on September 30, 2016.   Sometimes a great partnership begins with a simple question: Who do you know that I don’t? “When we meet someone, we always ask that,” explains Pedro Cons, executive vice president of Chicanos Por La Causa, a 47 year-old social service agency …

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Healthy Communities: The who, what and where of achieving health equity

Read the full Expert Insight series! Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity Download the full report Download the executive summary A quick internet search of the phrase “healthy communities” returns more than 37 million results. Even “unhealthy communities” returns more than 13 million. Clearly, there are …

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City – School Partnerships A Natural Home for Health Equity: Y-PLAN Richmond and the Shift Towards Health in All Classrooms

In 2015, sixty students peered out at a local landfill as a community elder and environmental justice activist spoke about the persistent health problems caused by the city’s industrial heritage. The students are in their local high school’s health academy, and are beginning to ponder the future health and sustainability of their community. Richmond stands …

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Community Development Sector 101: An Overview for Violence Prevention and Early Childhood Development Advocates and Other Community Practitioners

The Build Healthy Places Network staff presented a webinar for Prevention Institute and The Center for the Study of Social Policy on August 26th. The webinar provided an overview of the sector, a multi-billion-dollar sector that serves as an action arm for addressing through the development and financing of affordable housing, childcare centers, grocery stores, …

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