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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.


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.


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.


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.