All Resources with Theme of: What Makes a Healthy Community

The Evolution and Future of the Healthy Communities Movement

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

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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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Urban Blight and Public Health

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 …

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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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Post-Election Insights for Community Development Moving Forward at LISC Conference

Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement, caught us up on his recent trip to the Houston for the LISC National Leadership Conference.

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Bringing Up the Next Generation: Keys to Lifelong Health Lie at Home

Rachel Thornton from Home Matters discusses why she thinks helping families find gainful employment and providing children with a safe living environment, violence-free public space, access to healthy food and good education is our moral imperative.

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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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