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We provide access to research, best practices and models demonstrating what works, highlighting the health-related value and impact of community development work

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What Makes a Healthy Community?

A healthy community is one where people have the opportunity to make healthy choices, in environments that are safe, free from violence, and designed to promote health. Factors that influence health range from early childhood education to quality housing and jobs, and include many other areas of community development such as financial inclusion, access to health clinics and healthy food, sustainable energy, and transportation.

Learn about efforts to foster and support healthy communities, and read about those already in action.


Featured Healthy Community Resources

Healthy Development Without Displacement

In this new paper, the Prevention Institute explores: What can people working on “healthy community” issues—like active transportation, parks, healthy food, planning, public health, healthcare, and more—do in their own work to improve community conditions without contributing to gentrification and displacement?

The Story of Booth Child Development Center

This video tells the story of the Booth Memorial Child Development Center, which was renovated to improve the health of the children and staff.

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.

Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities

Read recommendations by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America on how we should invest in the health of our nation.

Measurement

Evidence shows that community development work has health-related impact.

Learn about the measurement systems already being used, the information being collected, and how research demonstrates the link between community development and health.


Featured Measurement Resources

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.

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.  

Taking Health Into Account

By systematically assessing the health risks of development decisions upfront, health impact assessments can prevent costly and harmful mistakes.

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

A book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute outlines opportunities and challenges for the strategic use of data to build healthier, stronger communities.

Investment

Cross-sector collaboration has the potential to drive additional capital, including catalytic capital, into low-income communities, as well as pave the way for more coordinated investment to achieve greater outcomes.

Learn more about the role that investment plays at the intersection of community development and health.


Featured Investment Resources

Analyzing investment flows in comprehensive community revitalization: The case of Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco

Published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Network’s Renee Roy Elias’ study uses the case of housing revitalization in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood to determine the feasibility of analyzing public, private, and nonprofit investment flows related to the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative and HOPE SF.

Building Pre-K: Philanthropy & CDFI Collaborations in Financing Early Education Facilities

This “Building Pre-K” report from LIIF examines efforts aimed at financing quality preschool facilities at scale and highlights the potential for increasing the impact of collaborations among philanthropy, community development financiers and the public sector.

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 …

Connecting the Dots: A Healthy Community Leader’s Guide to Understanding the Nonprofit Hospital Community Benefit Requirements

Imagine a healthy community as a connect-the-dots landscape painting. Each “dot” has its place and purpose: affordable housing, a vibrant economy, safe streets and public transportation, a high quality public education system, easy access to fresh food and safe recreation, and a healthcare system that provides both preventative and responsive services. When connected as designed …

Policy

Policy and government can support cross-sector engagement, leverage resources, enable investment, and improve investment opportunities and outcomes in low-income communities.

Learn about the role that policy plays at the intersection of community development and health.


Featured Policy Resources

Gentrification and Neighborhood Change: Helpful Tools for Communities

Developed by the University of Illinois Chicago’s Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement this toolkit presents strategies for addressing the pressures of gentrification in a community during different phases of gentrification.

Gentrification, Displacement and the Role of Public Investment: A Literature Review

This literature review will document the vast bodies of scholarship that have sought to
examine the issues of gentrification and displacement.

Dealing with Neighborhood Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices

PolicyLink and the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy created this primer on how to view the issue of gentrification.

Inclusionary Housing in the United States: Prevalence, Impact, and Practices

This study from The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy supports that inclusionary housing programs are an increasingly prevalent tool for producing affordable housing.