A Project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund

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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August 2016

SW Lansing Help

Some great news for people in southwest Lansing.

The city announced it’s getting a grant to help provide better jobs, food, and housing for the Pleasant Grove Holmes area.

The $60,000 grant will be used to turn the old school into a hub for community services.

Invest Health will use it to work with people and groups to find ways to build more affordable housing, reduce crime, and eliminate environmental hazards.

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August 2016

$60,000 grant will target health in southwest Lansing

A $60,000 grant will be used to help improve the health of residents in southwest Lansing. The money was donated from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund to Invest Health, a partnership that includes Lansing, the Ingham County Health Department, Lansing School District, Lansing Area Economic Partnership and Sparrow Health System.

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August 2016

Nampa survey part of larger health initiative

Nampa received a $60,000 grant earlier this year from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund to start the Invest Health Initiative to address health-related disparities in north-central Nampa. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest health philanthropy in the U.S., and collectively the foundation and the development-oriented Reinvestment Fund have invested $1 billion to low-income communities over the past 30 years, Nelson said.

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August 2016

Inspiration, equity and the path ahead

From Portland, ME, to Riverside, CA, from Flint, MI, to Gulfport, MS, cross-sector teams from 50 cities gathered in Philadelphia in early June to launch the Invest Health learning community at our inaugural convening. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, charged the group with an ambitious goal: “Creating a new, highly-networked approach to community investment. One that recognizes that health is the bedrock of personal fulfillment, and the backbone of prosperity, and also recognizes that mid-sized cities can lead the way.”

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