A Project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund

May 2016

MSU Helps Flint in New National Health Program

The city of Flint has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in a new Invest Health initiative and Michigan State University is helping to lead the way.

Debra Furr-Holden, a Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Endowed Professor of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine, will represent MSU in an effort that is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive. Invest Health will pay particular attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise and quality jobs.

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May 2016

Come On, People, Talk to Each Other: The Latest Effort to Foster Collaboration on health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a stalwart of healthcare philanthropy in the United States whose ambitious plans to promote a “Culture of Health” drive its prolific grant making. The latest push from RWJF is a partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution based in Philadelphia, to create an initiative called Invest Health. The program kicked off this month with a total of $3 million in grants to 50 mid-size cities across 31 states.

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May 2016

The Affordability Bubble

“Houses in Spokane are so affordable!” is a frequent exclamation when praising our city. The invariable response goes something like “Shhhh, don’t let the outsiders in on our secret!” While such refrains make middle class folks feel good about the stake we’ve claimed in this beautiful place, they also encourage us to ignore the need to improve affordable housing availability for the many low-income families who already struggle to survive here.

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May 2016

Initiative Seeks to Improve Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Fifty mid-size cities have been selected to take part in Invest Health, an initiative aimed at improving health in low-income neighborhoods.

Reinvestment Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that the communities will receive grants of $60,000 each to help them address the key drivers of health such as access to affordable housing.

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May 2016

Tallahassee Team Wins Neighborhood Health Grant

The Invest Health Initiative is awarding community development grants to teams in 50 cities across the country. A group of Tallahassee leaders has won $60,000.

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May 2016

GM, PNC make big community gifts: Philanthropy Spotlight

A team from St. Louis won a $60,000 grant from the Reinvestment Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in Invest Health, their initiative to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods that face the biggest barriers to better health.

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May 2016

Initiative Seeks to Improve Health in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Fifty mid-size cities have been selected to take part in Invest Health, an initiative aimed at improving health in low-income neighborhoods.

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May 2016

Dundalk community groups win grant to address health disparities, poverty

A team of community groups from Dundalk has received a $60,000 grant to help address health disparities, poverty and economic instability.

The money was awarded by the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of a new initiative called Invest Health. Under the program, the groups will look at ways to improve low-income communities.

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May 2016

Tallahassee Gets National Grant to Improve Public Health

Tallahassee is one of 50 cities nationwide picked for a program investing in public health.

The city is now part of the “Invest Health Initiative,” which encourages mid-size cities to focus on ways to drive health.

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May 2016

Three Northeast Ohio Cities are Among 50 Nationwide to Get Grants to Promote Better Health

“Invest Health” is a new private funding program to help communities promote better health among lower-income people. Grants are going to 50 medium-size cities across the country; and three of those are in Northeast Ohio.

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