Topic: Expert Insights

Building Healthy Communities Through Local Economy Strategies

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) has spent the last 15 years working with thousands of local businesses, investors, and civic leaders who are actively engaged in improving local economies and communities across the U.S. and Canada. These leaders work to support entrepreneurs, drive investment in local businesses, and build equity in their …

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Building Health through Community Agency

All too often, cross-sector collaborations fail to include residents of the communities they purport to serve. Inclusion is usually advocated for on the basis that those experiencing difficult social circumstances have important contributions to make, both in terms of understanding the challenges being experienced and suggesting culturally-appropriate solutions. What’s less appreciated, however, is that inclusion …

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In Rhode Island, a Model for Upending Health Inequity

Looking at a map of the places they call home, most people can easily point to notably affluent areas versus the ones that have dilapidated homes, under-resourced schools and unsafe sidewalks—places more likely to be cut through by a six-lane highway, or to host a polluting factory rather than a supermarket stacked with fresh food …

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Partnering with CDFIs: Catalysts for Sustainable Community Development

A Neighborhood Ripe for Revitalization Roanoke, Virginia’s West End neighborhood was historically among the most vibrant and impassioned communities in the city. More recently typified by high rates of crime, poverty, poor health outcomes, and financial insecurity, West End was deemed a “target rejuvenation neighborhood” by the City of Roanoke in 2011. This story, similar …

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Pathways to Healthy Housing in Austin, Texas

This blog reports back from the Housing + Health summit, mentioned in a recent Healthy Community Initiatives blog featuring the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. On his visit to Austin, Texas last year, David J. Erickson, the Director of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, noted that Austin could be the community …

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

This blog originally appeared on the Home Matters blog in December 2016.  Read the full Expert Insight series! Growing up in California, my own early years were not perfect, but by most standards, I had a rather idyllic home life. My parents were loving and devoted to making sure I had what I needed. Our neighborhood …

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Insights from Data-Driven Health Collaborations

Read the full Expert Insight series! We know that the key drivers of health are social, economic, environmental and behavioral, but forging cross-sector connections at the community level is hard work. This blog profiles twenty-five community projects working to harness data from multiple sectors to develop more effective health interventions and policies. They are part …

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Sharing Data Across Sectors to Build Healthy Environments

Read the full Expert Insight series! Many of the strongest predictors of and well-being extend beyond hospital walls and into our neighborhoods, schools, work places and homes. Tackling the root causes of health disparities often requires that communities engage and partner across multiple sectors. For many, a critical first step is to share data that …

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Staying Healthy: The Role of Aging in Community

Read the full Expert Insight series! A Growing Challenge The older adult population (age 55 and up) climbs in droves each year, yet a constant refrain voiced by older adults is the overwhelming preference of aging in place in their communities. The advantages to aging in place include community engagement, improved mental and physical well-being, …

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Cleveland’s Greater University Circle Initiative: An Anchor-Based Strategy for Change

Read the full Expert Insight series! This article and video first appeared on the Grant Makers in Health blog in September 2016. Cities are increasingly turning to their “anchor” institutions as drivers of economic development, harnessing the power of these major economic players to benefit urban neighborhoods. This is especially true for cities that are struggling …

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