Tagged: Investment

How *To* Connect Health and Community Development

This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce Rooflines blog on September 1, 2015.   A recent Rooflines post explored how *not* to connect community development and health, urging practitioners to not fall into the trap of “moralizing public health campaigns,” and instead focus on comprehensive solutions to systemic poverty. In a Shelterforce article from 2012, …

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Community Development Moves the Needle On Health Equity

Earlier this summer, we heard from community development leaders about the moment they realized that neighborhood conditions and health factors were inexorably linked. We have also written about the topic, including articles on financial health, housing for health, and how community development organizations are incorporating health into their projects from the get-go. Now, we are …

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What is Financial Health? And Why Public Health and Community Development Professionals Should Pay Attention

Financial services are an important form of community development. And as the President and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), Jennifer Tescher is working to improve the financial health of all Americans with a specific focus on the underserved. The Build Healthy Places Network’s Barbara Ray sat down with Tescher in Chicago …

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Rob Grossinger on How to Get the Housing and Health Care Sectors to Collaborate

Rob Grossinger is a vice president at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., where he works on community stabilization and the intersection of health care and housing. He spoke with Build Healthy Places Network’s Barbara Ray in Chicago. Barbara Ray: Why is an affordable housing developer interested in public health? Rob Grossinger: Let’s start with the overarching …

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Credit Builder: Q&A with Senior Associate Daniel Lau

Build Healthy Places Network senior associate, Daniel Lau, helped low-income families gain access to financial capital. He says our financial and physical health are more closely linked than many of us would like to believe. Build Heathy Places Network (BHPN): How does your background in helping families build financial capital inform the work you’re doing …

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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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Social Determinants of Health in the News: 2/19-2/25/15

Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Blog (2/25/15) Not All Hard-Hit Neighborhoods Recover Equally Foreclosures disproportionately hit minority neighborhoods across the U.S. during the housing crisis. In Boston, over 80 percent of foreclosures took place in just five of its 15 planning districts—Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Roxbury; nearly 75 percent of the …

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Improving Population Health by Reducing Poverty: New York’s Earned Income Tax Credit

Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Improve Health? Poverty and health have a well-established relationship: lower socioeconomic status leads to worse health outcomes. Yet research has rarely tested the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at improving health. In this paper, Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, …

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RWJF Culture of Health Prize – Finalists Announced!

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 15 communities that have been chosen as finalists for the third annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize, which honors inspiring communities that place a high priority on health and bring diverse partners together to achieve local change. Our Managing Director, Colby Dailey, serves on the Review …

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Call for Proposals! County Health Rankings Research Grants

Looking for an opportunity to use your research skills to impact community health across the country? The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) is currently accepting research proposals for County Health Rankings Research Grants. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaborative program between UWPHI and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides information, tools, and …

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Conference: Arizona Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future The Arizona Housing Alliance invites you to attend a premier training and networking event for community development practitioners, planning and health professionals, affordable housing developers, nonprofits government and elected officials from all regions of Arizona. Learn about local and national initiatives to: CONNECT healthy community planning with resources INTEGRATE supportive services with …

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Social Determinants of Health in the News: 1/22-1/28/15

The New York Times (1/28/15) Reducing Our Obscene Level Of Child Poverty “America’s poor children did not ask to be born; did not choose their parents, country, state, neighborhood, race, color, or faith.  Many of the corrosive cruelties of childhood poverty: worse health and educational outcomes, impaired cognitive development and the effects of “toxic stress” …

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Social Determinants of Health in the News: 1/15-1/21/15

Urban Institute Metro Trends Blog (1/21/15) Mapping America’s Futures Projecting Our Country’s Demographic Future: The Truth May Be Stranger Than Fiction For months, my colleagues and I worked to build a population projection tool called Mapping America’s Futures. As we reviewed the results from different assumptions, we came across some implausible outcomes. Was there a …

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Social Determinants of Health in the News: 1/1-1/7/15

The Atlantic (1/7/15) Suburbs And The New American Poverty More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor. The suburbs of Atlanta no longer hold just the promise of good schools, clean streets, and whitewashed homes with manicured lawns proudly displaying …

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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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