All Resources with Theme of: resources

Matching Communities with National Catalyst Organizations to Improve Population Health

Thousands of communities are moving forward on their journeys to improve population health. Communities Joined in Action (CJA) continues to produce regular updates to provide usable, take-home advice intended to accelerate local organizations’ efforts toward achieving better health and well-being for their communities. Nationally, a large number of philanthropically funded initiatives are working to bring …

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Population Health at Essential Hospitals: Findings from Moving to Action for Hospitals and Population Health

We now know that an individual’s health is influenced by far more than the clinical care that they receive or their own habits and behaviors. The social, economic, and environmental circumstances of a person’s life can account for as much as 50 percent of what determines their health. This knowledge challenges health care providers to …

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Urban Blight and Public Health: Addressing the Impact of Substandard Housing, Abandoned Buildings, and Vacant Lots

We spend more than two-thirds of our time where we live, and the state of our homes and neighborhoods invariably affects our individual and family’s well-being. Studies have shown that the conditions within our residences, the surrounding neighborhood, and the cost of housing affect our health. The quality of housing can contribute to general well-being …

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Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma

Many communities are working to prevent violence and promote community safety and, through comprehensive, multi-sector actions, are making progress. However, communities that experience high rates of violence continue to be plagued with persistently high rates of trauma. Trauma and its associated symptoms of mental and psychological illness are more prevalent in the U.S. than in …

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What Is Health Equity? And What Difference Does a Definition Make?

by Paula Braveman, Elaine Arkin, Tracy Orleans, Dwayne Proctor, Alonzo Plough This is a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Definitions can matter. While differences between some definitions may represent stylistic preferences, others can reflect deep divides in values and beliefs that can be used to justify and promote very different policies and practices. Clarity is …

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Regional Healthy Communities Workshop: Advancing Partnerships for Health Equity and Economic Mobility

Workshop Highlights from the August 9th convening in Cleveland, Ohio Co-hosted by the Build Healthy Place Network, County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Cleveland-workshop-highlights

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Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

  The potential of community-based solutions to advance health equity is a focus because the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asked the Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity to consider solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level. However, the report focus should not be interpreted to …

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Impact of Affordable Housing on Families and Communities: A Review of the Evidence Base

This literature review summarizes what we currently know from research about the effects of stable and affordable housing. The research is condensed into defensible points – backed by solid supporting evidence – to serve as a resource for understanding and communicating the many impacts of affordable housing.

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Aligning Home and Health Care Through Strategic Investment

When you invest in the Enterprise Community Impact Note, you are supporting the creation of vibrant and equitable communities where families have access to healthy, affordable homes connected to good schools, jobs, transit and health care services. This report features the stories of people who are prospering thanks to your support. They are residents and patients …

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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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Video: Opportunity Finance Network on CDFI’s

  This crash course video from the Opportunity Finance Network explores what community development financial institutions are doing around the country. Watch the video for success stories from South Dakota, California, New York and others.

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An Environmental Scan of Recent Initiatives Incorporating Social Determinants in Public Health

A joint publication initiative between the National Academy of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, identifies national examples of cross-sector collaboration to improve public health.

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Community Reinvestment Act vs. Non-profit Hospital Community Benefit

A side by side comparison of the regulatory structures and policy goals of the Community Reinvestment Act and Non-Profit Hospital Community Benefit.

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The Role of Hospitals in Improving Non-Medical Determinants of Community Population Health

This report by the New York State Health Foundation outlines which hospitals in New York State and nationally are addressing non-medical determinants of community population health, as well as facilitators of and barriers to this work.  

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What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Futures of Families, Communities and the Nation

A new book, What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face. The book highlights the enormous creativity and innovation underway to improve financial well-being, and provides concrete ways that nearly all sectors of society can …

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