All Resources with Theme of: What Makes a Healthy Community

Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America

This paper presents a case for how collaboration among the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors is critical to addressing the issues and conditions that limit health in America.

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Poverty and Place: A Review of the Science and Research That Have Impacted Our Work 2019

Purpose Built Communities surveys the research and science that effects their work in communities.

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Actions Toward Equity

This report shares lessons learned from the 2013-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winning communities.

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On the Path to Health Equity: Building Capacity to Measure Health Outcomes in Community Development

This new report by Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks America shows how an innovative pilot program – the Health Outcomes Demonstration Project – equipped 20 affordable housing and community development organizations to evaluate health outcomes across a range of programs. The evaluated programs include neighborhood improvement and community safety initiatives, youth education and services, housing …

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Partnerships for Health Equity and Opportunity: A Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers

This resource from the Build Healthy Places Network guides community developers toward partnerships with hospitals and healthcare systems.

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NALCAB Guide to Equitable Neighborhood Development

Produced by National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) this guide helps community members and community-based organizations anticipate changes in their neighborhoods.

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Healthy Development Without Displacement

In this new paper, the Prevention Institute explores: What can people working on “healthy community” issues—like active transportation, parks, healthy food, planning, public health, healthcare, and more—do in their own work to improve community conditions without contributing to gentrification and displacement?

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The Story of Booth Child Development Center

This video tells the story of the Booth Memorial Child Development Center, which was renovated to improve the health of the children and staff.

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Nonprofit Readiness for Health Partnership

The Nonprofit Readiness for Health Partnership tool from the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) helps community-based organizations that are considering partnering with healthcare organizations identify capacity or investment needs so that they can be well positioned to explore partnership opportunities. This free, downloadable resource was developed as part of NFF’s Healthy Outcomes Initiative, supported by The Kresge Foundation. For more insights from the Healthy …

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The Evolution and Future of the Healthy Communities Movement

Over the past four decades, the Healthy Communities movement has transformed traditional definitions and approaches to health.

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What Is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?

by Paula Braveman, Elaine Arkin, Tracy Orleans, Dwayne Proctor, Alonzo Plough This is a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Definitions can matter. While differences between some definitions may represent stylistic preferences, others can reflect deep divides in values and beliefs that can be used to justify and promote very different policies and practices. Clarity is …

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Urban Blight and Public Health

We spend more than 2/3rds of our time where we live; thus, housing and neighborhood conditions invariably affect our individual and family’s well-being. The health impacts from blighted properties—substandard housing, abandoned buildings, and vacant lots—are often not immediately visible or felt. This report—Urban Blight and Public Health—synthesizes recent studies on the complexities of how blight …

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Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

  The potential of community-based solutions to advance health equity is a focus because the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asked the Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity to consider solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level. However, the report focus should not be interpreted to …

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Improving Community Health Through Hospital Community Benefit Spending: Charting a Path to Reform

A new report from the George Washington University funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation outlines strategy for the Trump administration to expand the role of tax-exempt hospitals in community health improvement Acting under existing legislative authority and without new funding, the new Administration can give hospitals greater flexibility over tax-exempt …

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Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health

A resource for those working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.

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