Turning great ideas into healthier communities


Community Close-Ups

2015 | View the full series.

Frequently, the neighborhoods where many residents grappling with poor health are the very same places where many people are living in poverty. And yet, too often, efforts to address health and those to address poverty are working in silos. 

In this new series, PHI's Build Healthy Places Network examines how community developers working in low-income neighborhoods are integrating health into their projects in ways that are making a real difference in the lives of low-income residents.

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The case studies examine how the project came to be, who the key partners have been, and what kind of financing it took to make it happen. We ask about key turning points in the project, and we explore the outcomes being measured. We also spell out how each site is addressing social determinants of health because, as the evidence continues to show, health is not just about going to the doctor. It is rooted in the conditions where we live, learn, work, and play.

Read the individual case studies, and learn:

  • How a hospital can partner with the Stamford Housing Authority to put health at the center of a neighborhood transformation
  • What trauma-informed community building looks like, and how it's helping Potrero, San Francisco CA set the stage for neighborhood revitalization. 
  • How deep, neighborhood-scale transformation is creating lasting change in the villages of East Lake, Atlanta GA.
  • How New Orleans is revitalizing people and place with a healthy food hub.
  • How a village center is creating access to opportunity for one Houston neighborhood.
  • How for-profit developers in St. Paul partnered with a social service agency to renovate an apartment complex that supports refugee and new immigrant families.
  • What exciting new programming is emerging as a major Philadelphia hospital partners with the city to build a health and literacy complex.
  • How a group in New Orleans puts top-notch early childhood education at the center of its approach to improving neighborhood health and wellbeing.
  • And how, in one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Oakland, a community developer convened a partnership of residents and organizations to think—and build—strategically, to keep housing affordable while improving health and well-being.