A Project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund

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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July 2016

Town Square: Greensboro needs the affordable housing bond

More than 26,000 tenants — about one-fourth of Greensboro households — pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities, leaving so little they can’t afford food, transportation to work, medicines, child care and other necessities. With the enormous gap between the large number of families with very low wages and the shrinking supply of safe, affordable housing units, rental owners have few resources and almost no incentive for maintenance, because someone is always desperate to rent even the worst places.

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June 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s ‘Invest Health’ initiative comes to Flint

need to be strengthened in order to improve the health of children and adults. Their new “Invest Health” initiative will be working in 50 mid-sized cities across the country.

The Genesee County Health Department and community partners, including universities in Flint, helped secure the resources.

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June 2016

Study shows some children don’t visit doctors despite having insurance

A majority of Richmond children from low-income families apparently are not getting annual checkups from doctors, even though the children have health insurance through Medicaid or other programs that would cover the cost.

The result: Many youngsters are dogged by obesity or other treatable physical and mental health problems that are never dealt with, disrupting their education and well-being.

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June 2016

Grant to help Henderson provide resources, such as healthy food options, to at-risk residents

The city of Henderson was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund that will help it invest in healthy lifestyles for its residents.

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June 2016

Bloomington Expecting Return On ‘Invest Health’ Grant

Bloomington is one of 50 mid-sized communities across the nation to receive a $60,000 health planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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May 2016

$60,000 grant to be used to improve North Charleston housing, health care

A $60,000 grant awarded to North Charleston is expected to improve low-income housing, health care and other issues plaguing the city.

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