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Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America

Posted on 01/29/21

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Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America (the Springboard) is a joint project of the CDC Foundation and Well Being Trust, coordinated with Community Initiatives and ReThink Health. A guide developed by more than 100 people, organizations, and communities, the Springboard is a practical resource to help communities secure the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive: a thriving natural world, basic needs for health and safety, humane housing, meaningful work and wealth, lifelong learning, reliable transportation, and belonging and civic muscle.

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Actions Toward Equity

Posted on 09/20/19

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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

Posted on 07/09/19

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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.

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

Posted on 07/16/18

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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

Posted on 04/23/18

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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

Posted on 04/19/18

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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

Posted on 12/11/17

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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

Posted on 11/28/17

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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.

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The Evolution and Future of the Healthy Communities Movement

Posted on 11/09/17

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

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Urban Blight and Public Health

Posted on 04/19/17

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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 affects the health of individuals and neighborhoods while offering a blend of policy and program recommendations to help guide communities in taking a more holistic and coordinated approach, such as expanding the use of health impact assessments, tracking health outcomes, and infusing public health into housing policies, codes and practices.

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

Posted on 12/01/16

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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

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Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health

Posted on 10/19/15

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

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#NetworkCommons Kicks Off With Vibrant Discussion

Posted on 06/16/15

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This year, The Network is hard at work rolling out many different resources for community development and health practitioners. These resources will come in different forms, from a “jargon buster” that demystifies common industry terms to a one-stop shop of tools to measure the health-related impacts of community development. But the centerpiece of all these resources is a live discussion series we’re calling The Network Commons, which kicked off with a vibrant discussion on June 4.

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

Posted on 04/20/15

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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 to talk more about the role of financial health in improving family and community well-being.

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

Posted on 04/09/15

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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.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: A Progress Report

Posted on 12/10/14

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This progress report was prepared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program reached its midway point in the grant.

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Linking Community Development and Health

Posted on 12/09/14

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Testimony by David Erickson of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America.

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The Role of Schools in Promoting Physical Activity

Posted on 11/14/14

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This infographic highlights a few ways that schools can promote daily physical activity for kids. Comprehensive physical activity programs not only offer children the skills to learn how to be physically active for a lifetime, but also provide physical and mental benefits which help them perform better in school.

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The Role of Communities in Promoting Physical Activity

Posted on 11/14/14

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This infographic by Active Living Research (ALR) shows how the design of communities can help families be physically active. The presence of parks, trails, playgrounds, sidewalks, and bike lanes encourage walking, biking, and play among both kids and adults.

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The Role of Transportation in Promoting Physical Activity

Posted on 11/14/14

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This infographic by Active Living Research (ALR) highlights evidence that sidewalks, connected bike facilities, public transportation and traffic calming are strategies that can make it easier for people to reach their destination without the use of a private vehicle.

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The Role of Parks and Recreation in Improving Physical Activity

Posted on 11/14/14

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This infographic by Active Living Research (ALR) highlights evidence that parks and recreation areas can increase physical activity levels while also providing economic benefits to families and communities.

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Do All Kids Have Safe Places to be Active?

Posted on 11/14/14

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This infographic by Active Living Research (ALR) features evidence on some of the barriers children face in being able to walk, bike, or play in their schools and neighborhoods.

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Changing Communities Gets People Moving

Posted on 11/14/14

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This infographic by Active Living Research highlights several studies which evaluated changes in physical activity after the implementation of built environment and programmatic modifications in different cities

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Neighborhoods and Health

Posted on 11/13/14

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Just as conditions within our homes have important implications for our health, conditions in the neighborhoods surrounding our homes also can have major health effects. This issue brief by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the current evidence linking neighborhoods and health.

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Building Sustainable Schools for Healthy Kids

Posted on 11/13/14

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Alterations in individual behaviors alone are not sufficient to change the course of the childhood obesity epidemic. Instead, environmental factors - such as the role of school design - must be engaged at a population scale to promote healthy behaviors.

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Healthy People 2020: Social Determinants of Health

Posted on 11/13/14

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Healthy People, by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Health in 2013 and Beyond

Posted on 11/13/14

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Despite leading the world on medical care spending, Americans have worse health and shorter lives than people in other affluent nations. This report shows dramatic differences in health among Americans from different income, education, and racial or ethnic groups.

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Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities

Posted on 11/13/14

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Read recommendations by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America on how we should invest in the health of our nation.

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