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Report: Fostering Healthy Neighborhoods

As income and wealth increase or decrease, so does health. The physical, social, and economic conditions in our neighborhoods have a significant impact on both our health and financial well-being because they shape the opportunities we have and the choices that are available to us.

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Alignment Across the Community Development, Financial Well-Being and Health Sectors

The physical, social, and economic conditions in our neighborhoods have a significant impact on both our health and financial well-being because they shape the opportunities we have and the choices that are available to us. Low-income communities and communities of color have historically and systematically been excluded from accessing amenities and opportunities (e.g. stable affordable housing, quality community institutions, safe and supportive built environment, opportunities to build assets, quality jobs and income supports). Creating the conditions that foster healthy neighborhoods is necessary to ensure that all people can thrive.

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PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network, Prosperity Now, and Financial Health Network partnered to explore how to foster alignment across the community development, public health, healthcare, and financial well-being sectors. This brief presents examples of existing alignment across sectors, opportunities and challenges for increased collaboration, and recommendations to foster cross-sector alignment.

Use this brief to help you:

  • Make the case that community development, health, financial well-being are closely linked and working together can improve health, prosperity and equity in low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and integration across the community development, public health, healthcare, and financial well-being sectors including through place-based initiatives, to produce greater impact.
  • Identify key leverage points for advancing collaborations, including the policy and system supports needed to speed and spread solutions.
Support for this report was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally published by Build Healthy Places Network


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