All Posts with Theme of: What Makes a Healthy Community

Rethinking Health Equity and the Right to Health

Mia Kirk, Program Manager, caught us up on her recent trips for the annual American Public Health Association and Opportunity Finance Network conferences.

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A Big Tent: Cross-Sector Community Development in Albuquerque

Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement, caught us up on his recent trip to the Albuquerque.

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

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 Acting under existing legislative authority and without new funding, the new Administration can give hospitals greater flexibility over tax-exempt …

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The New Housing Call for Pediatricians

One Boston-based pediatrician tells us how by investing in innovative solutions that ensure stable, affordable housing, we can ensure that all children have the opportunity to live happy, healthy lives.

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Listening Beyond the Big City: Improving Health and Opportunity in Midsize, Small, and Rural Towns

To provide opportunity for all, we must address the unique needs and concerns of midsize, small, and rural communities working to improve health.

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Insights from Data-Driven Health Collaborations

This blog profiles community projects working to harness data from multiple sectors to develop more effective health interventions and policies.

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Sharing Data Across Sectors to Build Healthy Environments

Through the integration of health data and evidence from sectors like housing and education, local residents and leaders have the ability to better detect problems, test interventions, and ultimately transform environments to improve health.

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Dispatches: Colby Dailey on the Community Development Work of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank

Colby Dailey, the Network’s Managing Director, caught us up on her recent trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

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Five Key Takeaways from the New GRESB Health & Well-being Module

We know that the built environment has a profound impact on health and well-being.  Fortunately, the number of available tools to intentionally promote health through building and community design continue to increase.

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The Network’s Picks: Mapping Social Determinants of Health

We know that ZIP code matters for health in part because of social determinants of health such as access to affordable housing and healthy food. PolicyMap is an interactive data and mapping tool that can be used to analyze these and other social determinants at state, county, city, ZIP code, and census tract levels. PolicyMap …

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Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health

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

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Fast Fact: Health > Healthcare

This blog series features “quick evidence bites” that highlight the connections between neighborhoods and health and the need for cross-sector solutions for sustained impacts. Tweet these facts and share your own @BHPNetwork #ZIPmatters.   Fact: Over 50% of U.S. premature deaths are attributable to non-medical factors. Yet less than 5% of public dollars spent on …

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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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#NetworkCommons Kicks Off With Vibrant Discussion

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 …

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Demystifying Community Development

It’s a vital force that lifts people out of poverty. The community development sector invests more than $200 billion annually in low-income communities. But what does “community development” entail? Here at the Network, we have been thinking about how to define the term community development, especially for our partners outside the field. We are working on …

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