A Project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund

November 2018

Invest Health Evaluation Report

Invest Health was an 18-month learning initiative that brought together leaders from mid-sized cities across the nation to create cross-sector approaches for increasing investments in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. In December 2017, …

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January 2018

New Orleans Convening

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. …

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August 2017

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.

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March 2017

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.

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January 2017

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.

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December 2016

Stamford wins grant for West Side health offerings

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.

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November 2016

Study: Mahoning, Trumbull counties among unhealthiest Ohio counties

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.

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October 2016

What’s Driving the Affordable Housing Deficit in Greensboro?

In November, voters will have the opportunity to impact the quality and quantity of housing in Greensboro by voting on a $25 million housing bond. According to the City of Greensboro, the funds from this bond will be used to leverage more than $54 million in additional funding from private mortgages, federal and state development funds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, local or private development funding, foundations grants, donations and in-kind services, as well as cost savings to non-profits. This bond and the leveraged funds will provide much needed funds to expand and improve existing programs and create new ones. Among the initiatives that will receive funding are: more workforce housing; a repair program to rehab housing that does not meet safety and building codes; new affordable housing developments; programs to assist handicapped accessibility and housing for special populations; supportive housing units for homeless, disabled, and Veterans, homebuyer lending programs, emergency repair programs for low-income homeowners; assistance to multi-family home repair; and rehabilitation programs for homeowner.

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October 2016

Researchers Examine Link Between Housing and Health

Housing and its connection to health in the United States are beginning to be explored on new levels, and Greensboro is playing a part in that research. Earlier this year, Greensboro joined 50 other cities involved with Invest Health.

Invest Health is an initiative whose self-described goal is 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.

A unique partnership in Greensboro formed around the project, including the Cone Health Foundation, the City of Greensboro, East Street Market Development Corp., the Greensboro Housing Coalition, UNCG and the Triad Healthcare Network. The purpose of the group was to research and contribute to the knowledge base of housing and health on multiple levels.

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September 2016

National organizations invest in public health through grants to local nonprofits

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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