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Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment

Improving Community Health

This issue brief explains how communities can leverage capital from hospitals and health systems to improve the environment for healthy living.

Health Impact Assessments in the United States

Pew Charitable TrustsHealth Impact Assessments can inform choices to improve public health through community design. Use this interactive map to sort and analyze data and figure out how to use these assessments to make your community healthier.

Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Community Development Decisions

Health Impact AssessmentHealth Impact Assessment is a rapidly growing field that brings data, health expertise, and public input together. This data can identify the potential effects on public health of projects, programs, and policies. These case studies show how Health Impact Assessments work and inform state and local community development decisions.

Anchoring to Strengthen Your Region's Case for Systems Change

ReThink Health

Population-level health data provides evidence for community developers to identify cost-effective health programs that improve health outcomes. Access five strategies to use this data to encourage healthcare systems to invest in communities.

Jargon Buster

Dictionary Image Border 3Working across the health and community development sectors begins with speaking the same language. If you’re lost in a sea of acronyms, this tool can help. The Build Healthy Places Network Jargon Buster demystifies common industry jargon.

 

Community Benefit and CRA: Comparing Nonprofit Hospital and Bank Regulation

NACEDA - Community CatalystBanks and nonprofit hospitals have such a dramatic impact that the federal government has placed a regulatory structure around how that impact is implemented and monitored. Understanding these similarities can inform the community development and health sectors as they align resources and search for common goals to improve outcomes for low and moderate-income communities. View Community Benefit and CRA.

Without This Housing, I'd Be Dead

Kaiser Health NewsDignity Health and other hospital systems are investing in homes for people living on the streets. Kaiser Health News looks at incentives for nonprofit hospitals, the impact on healthcare costs – and how a permanent home affected one man's life and health in Without This Housing, I'd Be Dead.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

County Health Rankings and RoadmapsFind out how healthy your county is and explore factors that drive your health. County Health Rankings provides an interactive tool to gauge the relative health of communities, a roadmap for steps to create healthy communities, and a database rating health-based policies and programs. 

Community Benefit: Tools and Resources

Community CatalystNonprofit hospitals are required by the IRS to provide health services or other benefits to low-income communities. Community Catalyst provides tools and resources for grassroots organizations to engage local nonprofit hospitals in addressing unmet community health needs. 

Healthy Community Toolkit

Plan4HealthPlan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food or increase opportunities for active living where residents live, work, and play. Their toolkit provides policies, best practices, checklists for success, and webinars.  

500 Cities: Local Data for Better Health

500 Cities Project

The 500 Cities project provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. It is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation. 

Healthy Communities: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations

Healthy Communities - Elizabeth Sobel Blum

In Healthy Communities: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations, Elizabeth Sobel Blum of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas provides guidance on how financial institutions can invest in improving the social determinants of health in low- and moderate-income communities. 

Meet the Culture of Health Prize Winners

Robert Wood Johnson Culture of HealthEach year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards Culture of Health Prizes to eight cities creating powerful partnerships to enable everyone  especially those facing the greatest barriers to good health  with the opportunity to live well. Meet the Culture of Health winners for 2017.

Apply for the 2018 Culture of Health Prize by November 3, 2017. 

Rebuilding Healthy Places in Rural America

Head Start in Blytheville, Arkansas.Small, rural areas across the United States face problems like aging populations, youth migration, high poverty rates and poor health. Efforts like We 2Gether Creating Change in Drew, MS and Incourage in Wisconsin Rapids, WI are working towards building a healthier, more secure future for residents. View Rebuilding Healthy Communities in Rural America.

Cross-Sector Partnership Creates Path for Change

The Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Community Development Corporation

Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai Grace Hospital and Enterprise Community Partners developed an anchor institution strategy to benefit thousands of hospital workers and neighborhood residents. Read Cross-Sector Partnership in Winship Community to learn about the community development corporation they launched.

Partnering for a Healthier WorkFORCE

McDowell County, North CarolinaDespite factors contributing to poor health outcomes and loss of job opportunities, residents of McDowell County, NC are working together to invest in community-identified solutions to improve the health and prosperity. View Partnering for a Healthier WorkFORCE

The Anchor Mission Playbook

Anchor Mission PlaybookAnchor institutions can play a key role for low-income communities by better aligning their institutional resources—like hiring, purchasing, investment, and volunteer base—with community needs. The recommendations for hospitals and health systems in The Anchor Mission Playbook are drawn from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. 

Rush University Medical Center making Impact Investments

Rush University Medical Center Impact InvestmentsRush University Medical Center is investing $6 million in organizations working to revitalize neighborhoods in the West Side of Chicago. Read how they are investing in housing to improve health: Rush to Make $6 Million in Impact Investments.

 

Public Arts Resource Center

PARCAmericans for the Arts’ Public Arts Resource Center is an online portal for professionals and artists working in the public art field. Access a wide arrange of resources from sample documents and templates to case studies and research papers that can help you find tools, resources, and opportunities tailored to different roles in the public art field.

 

Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development

Policy LinkPolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by lifting up what works. Arts and culture are key avenues of their investigations in promoting equity. PolicyLink has pulled together “promising and proven practices that demonstrate equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools.” Access Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer.