At a recent community event, someone made a reflection that stuck with me. “The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety,” said Jonathan Goyer, an expert advisor to Governor Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force and a person in long-time recovery. “It’s connectedness.”
What happens when a housing developer joins forces with health providers? Sectors come together for transformational community change.
The connection between health and community development is on everyone’s lips it seems, and for good reason. And yet the two sectors are really still at the beginning stages of learning how to work together.
When you think of Boston what comes to mind? You may be thinking of American history, world class hospitals, top research institutions and winning sports teams. However, there is another side to Greater Boston, one where more than half of households are rent burdened (paying 30 percent or more of their income on rent) and income inequality is rising.
Despite growing interest in aligning efforts, questions remain about how to effectively foster cross-sector collaboration between the community development sector and philanthropy. Questions also remain about how to measure the health impact of community investments.