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.
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
In December, 2017, the 50 Invest Health cities gathered for the fourth and final national convening in New Orleans, LA. Among the highlights of the convening was a keynote by Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace America. …
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.
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.
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