The Build Healthy Places Network
The Build Healthy Places Network is a national nonprofit working at the intersection of the health and community development sectors, catalyzing collaboration across sectors to help low-income communities become healthier.
Health professionals, community development practitioners, and others have made great strides in their independent efforts to build healthy communities. However, collaboration is not yet the norm. Although combined these sectors spend trillions of dollars to improve lives, still one in five Americans lives in low-income neighborhoods with intractable barriers to health. In fact, for the first time in US history, the country could be raising a generation of children who may live shorter and sicker lives than their parents.
The Network was created in 2014 to encourage collaboration across the health and community development sectors, as well as others, to help low-income communities become healthier. Housed at the Public Health Institute—a non-profit incubator based in Oakland, California—and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Network will serve as a national platform for convening, resources, and research.