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How Four Communities Are Collaborating to Improve Health

Written by Jeni Miller on December 2, 2015

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Our new case study series examines how community developers working in low-income neighborhoods are integrating health into their projects.

Frequently, the neighborhoods where many residents grapple with poor health are the very same places where many people are living in poverty. And yet, too often, efforts to address health and those to address poverty are working in silos. Our new case study series shows how community developers working in low-income neighborhoods are integrating health into their projects in ways that are making a real difference in the lives of low-income residents.San Pablo Corridor

Our case studies examine how the project came to be, who the key partners have been, and what kind of financing it took to make it happen. We ask about key turning points in the project, and we explore the outcomes being measured.

We also spell out how each site is addressing social determinants of health because, as the evidence continues to show, health is not just about going to the doctor. It is rooted in the conditions where we live, learn, work, and play.

In these first four case studies, you can learn:

  • How for-profit developers in St. Paul partnered with a social service agency to renovate an apartment complex that supports refugee and new immigrant families.
  • What exciting new programming is emerging as a major Philadelphia hospital partners with the city to build a health and literacy complex.
  • How a group in New Orleans puts top-notch early childhood education at the center of its approach to improving neighborhood health and wellbeing.
  • And how, in one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Oakland, a community developer convened a partnership of residents and organizations to think – and build – strategically, to keep housing affordable while improving health and well-being.

Let us know what you think of these case studies, and check back for more between now and the end of the year.

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Jeni Miller

Jeni Miller is a Senior Research Associate with the Build Healthy Places Network.