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Fostering Connections Between Community Development and Public Health

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In 2016, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network helped to facilitate and foster actionable partnerships between BUILD Health Challenge grantees and regional and national Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs))—promoting effective cross-sector collaborations to improve communities. 

3 profiles on collaborations between BUILD Health Challenge grantees & CDFIs

How can Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) work with local residents and health practitioners to advance health equity?

Provided through PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network and funded by the Kresge Foundation, the Joining Forces Planning Grant helped answer that question by bringing together BUILD Health Challenge grantees, community residents, health and development sectors, local businesses and more. Build Healthy Places Network helped to facilitate and foster actionable partnerships between grantees and regional and national CDFIs—promoting effective cross-sector collaborations to improve communities.

“I have learned so much more about community development financial institutions (CDFIs), the community development space, financing, and governance structure in the last few months from having these conversations. It has been incredibly informative.” – Grant participant

Learn more about the BUILD Joining Forces Grantees:

  • In Springfield, MA, health and CDFI partners worked to bring in a new grocery store to improve food access and economic opportunity.
  • An Albuquerque-based Federally Qualified Health Center partnered with CDFIs to achieve its health equity goals. Here’s how.
  • Lessons learned from Harris County, TX: See three ways that joining forces with CDFIs can help to advance nutrition equity.

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