People & Places 2017 Focuses On Healthy Places

Destiny 2Community development improves people's health. And, the healthcare industry is increasingly taking notice of community development's impact on the social determinants of health. People & Places 2017 featured focused on on the how community development and healthcare fields are partnering to improve health and opportunity.



Health Equity and the Zip Code Improvement Business  

Destiny If zip code has a greater impact on health than genetic code, then improving public health requires direct health system engagement in the "zip code improvement business" (otherwise known as community economic development).  Top industry leaders made the case for community investment in the health industry. They shared information about successful local partnerships that are improving health and the quality of life in communities. And, they discussed levers that can bring health partners to the table. Shown: Destiny-Simone Ramjohn

Panel Presentations: Opening, Resource Slidesdouge jutte

Katrina Badger - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
Terri Baltimore - Hill House Association - Slides - Terri Baltimore
Doug Jutte - Build Healthy Places Network 
Destiny-Simone Ramjohn - Kaiser Permanente 
Shown: Doug Jutte connects with Sharon Cornu of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California and Lisa Hershey of Housing California.

Social Determinants of Health Through a Cultural Lens

Social Deter of HealthCultures have customs and assumptions about life that are unique and varied. When we plan health assessments and activities designed to improve health, what do we need to know about a household’s culture? This panel worked to imagine a common approach to health-related activities that is generic enough to be broadly applied while also embracing individual cultural differences.
Shown left to right: Bernie Mazyck, Pedro Cons, Nimaako Brown

Nimaako Brown - National Urban League 
Pedro Cons - Chicanos por la Causa 
Bernie Mazyck - South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development  
Harold Simon -  Shelterforce Magazine 

Engaging the Health System In Improving Communities
Engaging Health

Experts are telling you the health sector is aligning its work with community development and new resources are becoming available. But health institutions (hospitals, public health agencies) are huge. How do you begin a conversation with them, let alone secure resources for place building? These experts led a discussion about navigating health institutions.  In particular, they covered how to engage in Community Health Needs Assessments, a publicly open process hospitals perform that are tailor-made for placemakers. Shown left to right: Tatiana Warren-Jones, Bill Jordan, Rich Brush, and Michelle Rushing

Rich Brush - Wellville - Presentation 
Bill Jordan - Center for Health Equity, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene - Presentation 
Michelle Rushing - Georgia Health Policy Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies  - Presentation 
Tatiana Warren-Jones - Bon Secours Community Works - Presentation 

Keeping Kids Lead Free In Healthy Communities & Homes

Lead FreeLead continues to poison young children all over the country despite being banned in 1978 by the federal government. Since 2000, overall about 225,000 young children have been poisoned by lead in New Jersey alone. It is a public health crisis that has disproportionately affected communities of color and low income households in both rural and urban areas. Speakers addressed efforts by a diverse coalition to generate resources and awareness to eradicate childhood lead poisoning, policy changes on the state and federal level, efforts being done on the ground, and next steps to expand healthy communities and homes. 
Shown: Bob Atkins

Bob Atkins - New Jersey Health Initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Presentation
Staci Berger - Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey - Presentation
Pilar Hogan Closkey - Saint Joseph's Carpenter Society - Presentation 
Raymond Ocasio - La Casa de Don Pedro - Presentation

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