Community Close Ups: Profiles of Community Development Partnerships for Health

Created by PHI's Build Healthy Places Network, this series of in-depth case studies showcases innovative cross-sector partnerships addressing the social determinants and health inequities across the country.

  • Ashley Hernandez, DaJaneil McCree, Jeni Miller
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Community developers are partnering to create neighborhoods where everyone can be healthier

Created by PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network, the Community Close Ups series spotlights community development projects that are making a real difference in neighborhoods. Each profile breaks down the nuts and bolts of these innovative projects, uplifting stories that exemplify the power of cross-sector partnership that impact health and well-being. 

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Community Close Ups

The West Lakes Community Wellness Center, Orlando, Florida (3/18/2021)

West Lakes Community Wellness CenterWritten by Ashley Hernandez and DaJaneil McCree

Founded in 2013, Lift Orlando is a non-profit organization that invests in the power of the neighborhood by placing focus on people, place, and partnership. The organization was founded by a group of business leaders who were driven to partner with residents to break the cycle of poverty. With a vision of breaking down the systemic barriers that prevent underinvested communities from achieving health and wellness, Lift Orlando works on neighborhood revitalization with a focus on neighborhoods that have been historically disinvested along racial and economic lines. Their first neighborhood reconstruction project launched a partnership with Florida Citrus Sports that aimed to revitalize the neighborhoods surrounding the Camping World Stadium, an area rich with African American heritage.

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Market on the Green Grocery Store, Toledo, Ohio (3/17/2021)

Promedica buildingWritten by DaJaneil McCree

The UpTown neighborhood holds a unique place in the history of Toledo, Ohio. In the late 1800s trolley lines were implemented, providing transportation to downtown and heightening the district’s appeal. By the early twentieth century, there was increased demand for housing and a growing population that spurred commercial development. Today, UpTown remains a central neighborhood of Toledo with a dynamic art scene. However, the neighborhood also faces adversity, with more than half of the residents living below the poverty line and high rates of chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes. Nevertheless, the UpTown community is resilient, evolving, and full of promise. It is also home to a health care system’s $50 million initiative aimed at addressing social determinants of health that includes the development of a full-service neighborhood grocery store, Market on the Green. 

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Vita Health & Wellness District, Stamford, Connecticut (10/13/2017)

children eating at table a day campWritten by Jeni Miller

In the early 2000s, Stamford Hospital began planning a major expansion. Located in Stamford, Connecticut’s West Side neighborhood, the 305-bed regional hospital envisioned a large new state-of-the-art addition to its facility. The hospital owned various pieces of real estate in the nearby neighborhood, but none were contiguous with its existing campus. Meanwhile, Charter Oak Communities (COC), a public-private entity that evolved out of the Stamford Housing Authority, was exploring ways to replace its outdated public housing complexes on the West Side.

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Rebuild Potrero, San Francisco, California (10/12/2017)

group of people on Potrero HillWritten by Jeni Miller

Susan Neufeld, Vice President of Resident Programs and Services for BRIDGE Housing Corporation (BRIDGE), describes the existing 606-unit Potrero Terrace and Annex housing projects as “an island of poverty in a sea of wealth.” Unlike many distressed public housing complexes that are surrounded by other disadvantaged neighborhoods, residents of Potrero Terrace and Annex, with a median annual income of $14,000, are surrounded by Potrero Hill neighbors making ten times that much.

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Originally published by Build Healthy Places Network

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