In Tallahassee’s Southside and Frenchtown, two predominantly African-American communities, poverty rates are four times that of the rest of the city and residents are plagued by poor health outcomes. Through Invest Health, the city aims to leverage community development resources and the power of community voices to increase access to healthy foods, available sidewalks and recreation areas, and improve the overall quality of life in these and other under-resourced neighborhoods.
Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced $3 million in awards across 50 mid-size cities in 31 states for Invest Health, an initiative aimed at transforming how city leaders work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that improve health.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Invest Health is a new initiative that brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the nation to develop new strategies for increasing and leveraging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund.
This initiative was developed to provide an opportunity for mid-sized cities to transform the way local leaders work together to create solution-driven and diverse partnerships. These partnerships will emphasize making changes in low-income neighborhoods to improve resident health and well-being. These changes can focus on increasing access to quality jobs, affordable housing, and nutritious food, and reducing crime rates and environmental hazards.
WHY THE PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED
BRING TOGETHER DISPARATE SECTORS in mid-sized cities to align around a vision for better health, create innovative ideas, and unlock new sources of investment.
HELP MID-SIZED CITIES ATTRACT CAPITAL to improve health outcomes in low-income communities.
BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS in these cities that extend beyond the length of the program and help inform work in other communities nationwide.
TEST POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS to inform the national conversation about how to best invest to achieve health equity in more communities throughout the U.S.
ADVANCE SYSTEMS-FOCUSED STRATEGIES that reach across sectors to support health improvement in low-income communities.
HELP CITIES USE DATA AS A DRIVER for change, beginning with an evidence-based understanding of the problem and continuing to a data framework for assessing impact.
President, Foundation for the Mid South
Founder, President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.
Director of Entrepreneurship Programming at the ARC
PATH’s vice president of Public Health
Vice President of Housing at UnitedHealthcare
Scholar in Residence at Savannah State University
Vice President for Programs at PolicyLink
District Mgr. for Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of SF
Director of the Health Impact Project
STAMFORD — A grant from a national philanthropic organization is helping the city identify ways to improve health and safety in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The city has been awarded $60,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a private nonprofit dedicated to promoting health, for a new program focused on the West Side and bordering Waterside.
HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning and Trumbull counties are two of the unhealthiest counties in the state of Ohio, according to a study by the Healthy Policy Institute of Ohio.
Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, Trumbull County ranked 65th in Health Outcomes (length and quality of life) and 72nd in a review of Health Factors, including health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment.
Mahoning County ranked 75th in Health Outcomes and 62nd in Health Factors.
GRAND RAPIDS — Two teams of nonprofits in Grand Rapids this year received grants from national organizations focused on racial disparity in health outcomes.
In May, a new initiative known as Invest Health announced $3 million in grants, given as $60,000 awards to mid-size cities around the country. In total, 180 teams applied, and 50 were chosen. Grand Rapids was one of four Michigan awardees, along with Flint, Lansing and Pontiac.
Then in August, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a grant of $1.78 million to Arbor Circle. The grant, spread over five years in $356,000 annual increments, is part of the OMH’s new Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) program, focused on improving health outcomes for young men of color transitioning from jail back into a community.
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