Topic: Expert Insights

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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Age-Friendly Health Centers: A Proving Ground for Change

Read the full Expert Insight series! This article first appeared on the Capital Impact Partners blog on August 30, 2016.  Wouldn’t we all like to age in our homes and communities, surrounded by what is familiar, supported by a team that really understands who we are and how to serve us as individuals with unique needs? This …

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For Healthier People, We Need Healthier Neighborhoods

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post blog September 2, 2016 and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation blog on September 5, 2016.    If you were to stop a dozen people on the street and ask them about the of their communities, you would likely get wildly different answers. Some might come at it from a …

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Building Community Around Food Access

Missed the Network Commons on October 5th? Watch the video to hear more about the work of DevelopSpringfield and two other Joining Forces Grantees who are partnering with CDFIs! Developing a full-line grocery store in the Mason Square section of Springfield, Massachusetts has been a cornerstone project for DevelopSpringfield and a central focus of our BUILD …

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Three Ways that Connecting with CDFIs is Furthering Health Equity Goals in Harris County

Missed the Network Commons on October 5th? Watch the video to hear more about the work of Harris County Public Health and two other Joining Forces Grantees who are partnering with CDFIs! Health Moves Upstream Obesity is one of our greatest health challenges and is strongly linked to the social and economic conditions of communities …

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Addressing Healthcare’s Blindside in Albuquerque’s Southside by Joining Forces

Missed the Network Commons on October 5th? Watch the video to hear more about the work of First Choice Community Healthcare and two other Joining Forces Grantees who are partnering with CDFIs! The BUILD Health Challenge initiative stands apart from typical health grants for many reasons. It focuses on the non-medical factors that influence . It …

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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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