Topic: Expert Insights

Measuring Complexity: Evaluation of Community Change Initiatives

How do you know if you are building a healthier place?

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Amplifying Community Voice: Collaborative Art and Building Community

How community-engaged art is a mechanism for building healthy places, connecting people to one another, and ultimately improving health

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How Cross-Sector Partnerships are Creating a Path for Transformational Change in Detroit’s Winship Community

In Detroit, an innovate partnership between a local hospital system and a nonprofit housing organization is anchoring revitalization through a new community development corporation.

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How an affordable housing developer improved Austin’s health outcomes

What happens when a housing developer joins forces with health providers? Sectors come together for transformational community change.

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Resident-centered approach grows healthy babies and local economy

Can a community market improve infant health? Can developing a local entrepreneurship culture reduce the number of babies born prematurely?

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Partnering for a Healthier WorkFORCE

A rural approach to wellness in McDowell County, NC.

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Incorporating Health into Physical Needs Assessments

In May, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) launched a new Integrated Physical Needs Assessment tool to provide affordable housing owners with a comprehensive protocol to assess the range of options available to upgrade their buildings. The tool will allow owners to take advantage of incentives and opportunities to make their properties as sustainable and safe as possible. A key component of the Integrated Physical Needs Assessment is a new health overlay, providing guidance on health-focused upgrades as well as operations and maintenance protocol.

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How can HIAs and CHNAs be tools for community development?

Confused by acronym soup? Experts from the Georgia Health Policy Center dispel confusion and explain the differences between HIAs, CHNAs and CHAs and how you can use these tools to boost your work in the community.

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Start with the Outcome: Improving Communities with Outcomes Rate Cards

New outcomes-based tools allow governments to identify high priority outcomes, and to flexibly encourage activities toward achieving those outcomes with multiple interventions and strategies.

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Connecting Financial Well-being and Health in Practice

From our own lives, we’re all familiar with how health can impact our financial well-being, such as an unexpected medical expense that wreaks havoc on our finances. This relationship works in the reverse as well: like community development, your financial well-being contributes to how healthy you are.

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A Different Type of Innovation in Boston: Housing Stability for Children’s Health

When you think of Boston what comes to mind? You may be thinking of American history, world class hospitals, top research institutions and winning sports teams. However, there is another side to Greater Boston, one where more than half of households are rent burdened (paying 30 percent or more of their income on rent) and income inequality is rising.

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Building Healthy Communities Through Local Economy Strategies

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is linking the work of building strong local economies and vibrant communities with the work of improving human health and well-being.

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Building Health through Community Agency

By focusing on strengthening the capacity of community members, cross-sector collaborations will be more successful and inclusive.

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In Rhode Island, a Model for Upending Health Inequity

In 2016, the Rhode Island Department of Health established ten “health equity zones” across the state. The Local Initiatives Support Corp., a national CDFI, shares stories of success from their experience managing two of these zones.

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Partnering with CDFIs: Catalysts for Sustainable Community Development

A health-focused revitalization effort in Roanoke, Virginia brought together a CDFI and many cross-sector partners.

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