Topic: Expert Insights

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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Bringing Up the Next Generation: Keys to Lifelong Health Lie at Home

This blog originally appeared on the Home Matters blog in December 2016.  Read the full Expert Insight series! Growing up in California, my own early years were not perfect, but by most standards, I had a rather idyllic home life. My parents were loving and devoted to making sure I had what I needed. Our neighborhood …

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Insights from Data-Driven Health Collaborations

Read the full Expert Insight series! We know that the key drivers of health are social, economic, environmental and behavioral, but forging cross-sector connections at the community level is hard work. This blog profiles twenty-five community projects working to harness data from multiple sectors to develop more effective health interventions and policies. They are part …

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Sharing Data Across Sectors to Build Healthy Environments

Read the full Expert Insight series! Many of the strongest predictors of and well-being extend beyond hospital walls and into our neighborhoods, schools, work places and homes. Tackling the root causes of health disparities often requires that communities engage and partner across multiple sectors. For many, a critical first step is to share data that …

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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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Health-mapping every ZIP code in Arizona

Read the full Expert Insight series! Like many places across the country, Arizonans had a real “aha” moment when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the VCU Center on Society and Health released their life expectancy map for the Phoenix metro area last year. Their study showed a 14-year difference in life expectancy for zip …

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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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New Research Can Help Health and Housing Experts Arrive at a Common Messaging Frame

Read the full Expert Insight series! This article first appeared on the Grantmakers In Health blog in August 2016. We have more evidence than ever before that housing is one of the most important and one of the most efficient platforms for improving outcomes. In February, Enterprise Community Partners released new research conducted in conjunction with …

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