Crosswalk Essays: Stories About the Connection Between Health and Place

In these Crosswalk Essays from PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network, learn how policymakers, community developers and residents are connecting to find the correlation between health and place.

For Us, By Us: Self-Determination and Community Power at the Forefront of Tribal Land Development

Tribal nations have faced barriers to self-determination since the U.S. was founded, but multi-sector partnerships focused on providing Tribal members with affordable housing and healthcare become more widespread.

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It’s Not Just About the Buildings: How Community Development Organizations are Promoting Residents’ Mental Health

Around the country, housing and community development groups are increasingly stepping up to partner with residents to improve community well-being by proactively strengthening residents’ emotional and mental health.

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A group of people applaud as they stand around President Biden, sitting outside the White House at a desk with the Great Seal of the U.S.

Finding Health in the Infrastructure Law: New Opportunities for Community Investments that Address the Social Determinants of Health

The Biden administration’s “once-in-a-generation” push to revamp U.S. infrastructure keeps people’s well-being at its heart. Read how the proposed legislation hopes to grow the economy, both "sustainably and equitably."

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Two men working on a house, one man is climbing a ladder to the roof where the other man stands holding the top of the ladder.

The Power of Partnerships: Solving a Challenge for Healthcare

As the affordable housing crisis escalates and labor markets get competitive, healthcare systems turn to multi-sector partnerships to build affordable workforce housing to sustain recruitment. Learn how this collaboration is promoting both short- and long-term solutions for the future.

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Community-Owned Land Trusts Catch Hospitals’ Eye

The dual benefits of community ownership mean better health for residents and patients. Learn how land trusts are providing a foundation for equitable access and wealth-building.

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Anti-Racism Sparks Movement for Trauma-Informed Design

Efforts to address trauma are finally being democratized. Using design to create spaces that feel safe is vital to addressing the impact of race-based stress, say advocates.

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How to Prevent Gentrification’s Displacement

Community benefits agreements, community ownership, and resident voice can help neighborhoods thrive from local investment. Learn how residents in Chicago are using these tools to speak out against displacement.

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Photos courtesy of Crosswalk Magazine

PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network is on a mission to shift the way organizations work across the community development, finance, and health sectors in order to collectively advance equity, reduce poverty, and improve health in neighborhoods across the country.

Originally published by Build Healthy Places Network

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Wildfires & Extreme Heat: Resources to Protect Yourself & Your Community

Communities across the U.S. and around the world are grappling with dangerous wildfires and extreme heat. These threats disrupt and uproot communities and pose serious risks to environmental and community health—from rising temperatures, unhealthy air pollutants, water contamination and more. Find PHI tools, resources and examples to help communities take action and promote climate safety, equity and resiliency.

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