Tagged: Food

Investing With Health in Mind

How two new funds are investing in affordable housing and other neighborhood projects that consider residents’ health and well-being.

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Three Takeaways for the Field: Grocery Stores as Community Development

Can grocery stores improve community health and well-being? For me, the answer is “yes.” Prior to my current work at the Build Healthy Places Network, I worked for a decade as a community planner committed to expanding access to healthy foods in low-income communities nationwide. One of my first projects was in Pittsburgh’s Hill District …

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Policy Fast Fact: Healthy Food Financing Initiative

 

Since 2011, the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) has leveraged over $140 million in grants and an estimated $1 billion in additional financing for grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and other healthy food businesses in low-income food deserts.

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With Seed Money in Hand, Grocery Stores Flourish in Philadelphia

Poorer communities prove they are hungry for healthy shopping options. During the 2013 grand opening of Fare & Square, a nonprofit grocery store in Chester, Pennsylvania, the line snaked out the door. Inside, people bagged leafy heads of lettuce and milled around the aisles, picking out jalapenos and potatoes and maneuvering crowded aisles with brimming …

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The Build Healthy Places Network: An Update and a Welcome

I took my first job as a pediatrician in a community clinic in East Palo Alto, California. Although very close to affluent Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto is one of the poorest communities in the Bay Area, home primarily to new or first-generation immigrants from Mexico. To my surprise, and despite 25 years of education …

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5 Ways Pediatricians Can Partner with Community Development to Help Their Patients

Pediatrics has been amazingly successful in addressing life-threatening diseases that, in the past, have taken the lives of too many children. But on many other fronts—chronic conditions such as asthma and obesity or mental health and developmental issues—the field has made considerably less progress. Too many children in the United States are not faring well. …

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Master Planner: Q&A with Senior Associate Renee Roy Elias

City planner and Build Healthy Places Network senior associate, Renee Roy Elias, believes in community change, one market at a time. Build Healthy Places Network (BHPN): Your background is in the worlds of both city planning and food security in low-income communities. What’s the connection between that and community health? Renee Roy Elias: There is …

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Collaborator-in-Chief: Q&A with Managing Director Colby Dailey

The Build Healthy Places Network’s managing director, Colby Dailey, is not a doctor. But she’s come to care a great deal about health. Here’s why the community development practitioner says documenting the health impact of community development projects “just makes sense.” Build Healthy Places Network (BHPN): Why do community development financial institutions (CDFIs) exist and …

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Webcast: What Shapes Health?

12:30-1:30pm EST Moderator Joe Neel Deputy Senior Supervising Editor and a Correspondent on the Science Desk, NPR Expert Participants Robert Blendon Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School Lisa Berkman Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health …

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Webinar: Expanding Access to Healthy Food – New Data, New Ideas, New Directions

Session Description: Roughly 30 million Americans—about 1 in 10—live in communities without adequate access to healthy food. Over the last decade, increased awareness of this reality has spurred national and local efforts to expand healthy food access, particularly in low-income communities. This webinar session will offer fresh perspectives on understanding and addressing food-access issues. Tune …

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Webinar: Funding Your Healthy Food Project with USDA Resources

As a nation, we must foster a food system that ensures urban and rural communities have access to fresh and healthy foods; small and mid-size farmers can produce and market food in an economically and sustainable manner; and consumers have the resources they need to live healthy and productive lives. This webinar will introduce the …

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Call to Action: Advancing Common Ways to Evaluate Health-related Outcomes of Community Development Activities

As momentum continues to build around cross-sector collaboration at the intersection of health and community development, the Success Measures evaluation program at NeighborWorks America is leading an effort to develop a set of data collection tools to evaluate the health-related outcomes of community development work. Success Measures has secured a place at the forefront of field-building …

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