Healthy Communities Initiative

Activating Anchor Institutions to Build Thriving Communities in South Florida

Miami, Florida

December 11, 2017

Health Foundation of South Florida, Citi Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta held a dynamic convening that enabled attendees to explore opportunities for place-based institutions to utilize their procurement systems, employment pipelines and community investments/community benefit activities to improve economic inclusion in South Florida and support their own institutional goals and priorities.

With the conference room at capacity, the enthusiasm was overflowing from the attendees representing higher education, health care, government, community/economic development, finance and philanthropy.  We now have our marching orders, “Let’s get going”. Health Foundation will be working on next steps and a concrete action plan. In the interim, conference materials, photos and a great video are linked below for your review.

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December 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

11:30-12:00pm   Lunch and Networking

12:00-12:15pm   Welcoming Remarks

  • Steven E. Marcus, CEO & President, Health Foundation of South Florida
  • Karen Gilmore, Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve of Atlanta, Miami Branch
  • Janisse Schoepp, AVP, Health Foundation of South Florida

12:15-12:30pm   The Economic Opportunity Landscape in South Florida

  • Ned Murray, Associate Director, Florida International University Metropolitan Center

A discussion on labor market, wage, and housing trends for low-and-middle income workers in South Florida.

12:30-1:30pm   The Anchor Effect: Building Community Health and Wealth

  • Ted Howard, CEO & President, The Democracy Collaborative
  • Lucy Kerman, Sr. Vice Provost, University and Community Partnerships, Drexel University

A conversation on the role anchor institutions play in community wealth building, the benefits of adopting an anchor mission, and strategies for becoming more engaged in building an inclusive economy.

1:30-2:20pm   Moving Forward with an Anchor Mission

  • Todd Greene, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Federal Reserve of Atlanta
  • Sameera Fazili, Senior Adviser, Federal Reserve of Atlanta

A discussion among meeting participants on (1) the value of adopting the anchor mission for your own institution; and (2) entry points, barriers, and opportunities for implementation of anchor strategies that enhance organizational mission attainment and community development.

2:20-2:30pm  Wrap Up & Next Steps

  • Inés Hernandez, SVP & South Florida Market Manager, Citi Community Development
  • Janisse Schoepp, AVP, Health Foundation of South Florida