Topic: Healthy Communities Initiative

Where Health Meets Equity in Ohio

Redlining has a long and unsavory history in America. A policy initiated by the federal Home Owners Loan Corporation in the 1930s in order to stabilize the housing market, its discriminatory impact on low-income and minority communities continues to be felt today. “These are still the areas that struggle,” said Lisa Nelson, community development advisor …

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Making Housing Healthier in Philadelphia and Beyond

Substandard housing has consequences on renters’ health and burdens the U.S. health care system, research shows. And the region served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is no exception. A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and St. Christopher’s Hospital found, for example, that child hospitalizations dropped 70 percent within six …

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In Texas, Cross-Sector Partnerships to Fight Suburban Poverty

Austin is making a big bet on the future of urban health care, and unlikely partnerships among the health, urban planning, and community development sectors are at its core. Earlier this year, the University of Texas opened the Dell Medical School, the first new medical school tied to a research university in the country in …

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Addressing Health From All Angles in Milwaukee

Protesters took to the streets in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last month after the fatal police shooting of a black man. Among their concerns was the over-reliance on policing and incarceration in low-income communities to address problems associated with systemic poverty and poor health. Their concerns are very real. Far too many low-income men and women cycle …

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Building Healthy Communities One ZIP Code at a Time

When Reno’s Renown Health and the Washoe County Health District teamed up to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in 2014, they found that the region shared a basic health profile with the rest of the state and country. Heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease were the leading causes of death. However, …

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Federal Reserve Tackles Ties Between Poverty and Health

For most people, health is not what immediately comes to mind when they hear about the Federal Reserve—unless it’s the “health” of the American economy. Yet for several years the nation’s bank has funneled resources into projects that bridge health and . The Healthy Communities Initiative, a partnership between the regional Fed banks and the …

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