Working at the Intersection ofCommunity Developmentand Health

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What Field Leaders are Saying

“The definitive factors in determining whether someone is in good health or not extend significantly beyond access to care and include the conditions in their life and the conditions of their neighborhoods and communities.”

John Auerbach, Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“This new awareness around the connection between community development and health (our A-Ha! moment) has profoundly impacted our work, giving us more energy, momentum and excitement and leading us to be much more deliberate and strategic in how we invest in healthy communities.”

Amy Gillman, National Program Director, LISC

“If you do community development effectively … you'll wind up with a healthier population that is more productive and more creative and more innovative. That then will translate into more economic benefit and allow you to do more community development. So I think they go hand and hand.”

Raphael Bostic, University of Southern California; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

“[Health and community development] are inherently, inextricably, and naturally connected. It’s really a function of administrative and operational construct that there is any separation of work toward health and economic opportunity in low-income communities.”

Tiffany Manuel, VP, Knowledge, Impact and Strategy, Enterprise Community Partners

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