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Summarizing the Landscape of Healthy Communities: A Review of Demonstration Programs Working Towards Health Equity

2016 | See the report.

Produced by a collaboration between PHI's Build Healthy Places Network and the Colorado Health Foundation, this report explores existing efforts by organizations focused on healthy communities. 

Over the past four decades, the healthy communities movement has transformed the way we define and address health. Driven by the disconnect between health spending and health outcomes, growing awareness of the importance of the social determinants of health, and the need to address poverty as means of improving health, communities across the US are bringing cross-sector partners together to ensure that good health is happening where we live, learn, work, and play.

How can these types of efforts be replicated, and what role do investors—particularly foundations—play in building healthier communities that ensure health equity, equitable opportunities, and economic mobility?

This report answers this question through a review of capacity-building and investment demonstration programs, defined as local, regional, and/or national programs of the past 10 years that connect, guide, and support local revitalization efforts involving cross-sector partnerships and addressing the social determinants of health.

In addressing this question, this report aims to build awareness around mechanisms that currently support healthy communities efforts nationwide; highlight the types of resources available for the work; and identify new opportunities to finance and support local efforts.

PHI's Build Healthy Places Network catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve the lives of low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.  The Network achieves it’s mission by connecting leaders and practitioners, curating resources and examples of what works, and building the knowledge base for cross-sector collaboration. 

The Colorado Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and health care of Coloradans by increasing access to quality health care and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. Its work aims to achieve the following outcomes: All Colorado kids are fit and healthy; All Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage; All Coloradans achieve health with support from a network of primary health care and community services.