Tagged: Neighborhood & Physical Enviroment

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Accepts Applications for Culture of Health Prize

The Build Healthy Places Network is excited to share that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is now accepting applications for their Culture of Health Prize, which will award up to 10 communities with a $25,000 cash prize. The application deadline is Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT. The RWJF Culture of …

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Dispatches: Renee Roy Elias on Engaging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Read the full Dispatches series!   What meeting did you attend? The Network was invited to a day-long visit with core staff members at the in Atlanta, Georgia. The day began with a ” 101″ presentation. With Network directors Colby Dailey and Doug Jutte, I presented to nearly 40 CDC staff members spanning multiple divisions. The …

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What’s the Connection Between Residential Segregation and Health?

This article first appeared on The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation blog March 16, 2016.   For some, perhaps the mere mention of segregation suggests the past, a shameful historic moment we have moved beyond. But the truth is, residential segregation, especially the separation of whites and blacks or Hispanics in the same community, continues to …

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Why Pediatricians Should Screen Their Young Patients for Poverty

As a practicing pediatrician, I have always asked my patients’ parents plenty of questions. Have you child-proofed your home? Is she getting enough milk and fresh fruits and veggies? Do you have the right sized car seat? Now, based on new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), doctors like myself may be asking, …

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Zumba class at Potrero Housing in San Francisco for Bridge Housing

Rebuilding Neighborhoods So That Residents Can Thrive: More Community Close-Ups

Innovative community developers are making a real difference in the neighborhoods they are revitalizing, creating places that offer the physical, social and economic resources that all people need in order to live healthy lives. Cross-sector collaboration is a given in these projects, as are new ways of thinking about community revitalization. At the Build Healthy Places …

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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

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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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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In San Francisco, Housing With a Healing Touch

It’s common for federal housing and neighborhood revitalization projects to require resident involvement. That’s because community members, of course, understand their own needs and circumstances better than anyone else. But for many affordable-housing residents—particularly those who have experienced trauma—community engagement can be challenging. That’s why a revitalization effort in San Francisco has implemented a Trauma …

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