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Invest Health - Strategies for Healthier Cities

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Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, Iowa represents a tale of two cities. While downtown Des Moines is enjoying a renaissance of sorts— with significant investments made over the last two years in economic development, job growth, and quality-of-life improvements—a group of eight diverse neighborhoods on the northern edge of downtown, which are all part of the 50314 ZIP code, have yet to see the same energy pouring into revitalization.

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May 2016

50 Cities Selected for Invest Health

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.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

INVEST HEALTH

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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

PROGRAM GOALS

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.

CITIES

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

 

NATIONAL

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Ivye Allen

President, Foundation for the Mid South

Jeffrey Brown

Founder, President and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

Ray Daffner

Director of Entrepreneurship Programming at the ARC

Dr. David Fleming

PATH’s vice president of Public Health

Jenny Ismert

Vice President of Housing at UnitedHealthcare

Dr. Otis Samuel Johnson

Scholar in Residence at Savannah State University

Dr. Michael McAfee

Vice President for Programs at PolicyLink

John Moon

District Mgr. for Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of SF

Rebecca Morley

Director of the Health Impact Project

Maggie Super Church

Independent Consultant

Mark Van Brunt

Chief Operating Officer, Raza Development Fund

Paul Weech

Principal, Innovative Housing Strategies, LLC

RECENT

NEWS

Phoenix Convening Highlights

Thanks to our 50 Invest Health teams for joining us at the third national convening in Phoenix, AZ! From the sector-based discussions to the working sessions and “Master Classes,” teams engaged with experts in the field as well as participants from across the country. Themes covered included using data to drive solutions as well as communications and storytelling.

Invest Health: Equity Over Equality

Jennifer Daly, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

In early 2016, I was invited to join a local group pursuing a grant to improve health outcomes in the City of Peoria. The grant, called Invest Health, was designed to bring together a diverse group of leaders from midsized U.S. cities 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.

Lane College surveys community on Jackson Central Merry property

JACKSON, Tenn — School board members, county commissioners,  pastors and a community all coming together for the sake of east Jackson.

Tuesday Lane College held an open discussion and survey on how a recently closed school can better a community.

“Re-purposing the Jackson Central Merry grounds as apart of that larger effort.” Executive Vice President of Lane College Moses Goldmon said.

This is all thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson planning grant awarded to a team Lane College is apart of.

CONTACT

To learn more about this important initiative
email us at info@investhealth.org.