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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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May 2016

4 Michigan cities receive grants to boost health in low-income neighborhoods

Four Michigan cities – Flint, Pontiac, Lansing and Grand Rapids – have received $60,000 grants each from theRobert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Reinvestment Fund to improve health in low-income neighborhoods.

Of the 50 cities in 31 states selected nationwide, the Invest Health initiative received applications from 170 communities for the $3 million total grants. Eligible cities range in populations from 50,000 to 400,000.

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May 2016

Grant to aid health research in Canton

One of the poorest areas of the county — the southeast end of Canton — desperately requires the type of attention that a new planning grant will give it.

Canton is one of 50 cities nationwide that will receive the Invest Health grant. It will have 18 months to research and plan how best to address health issues in the low-income neighborhood. The $60,000 grant from the Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will bring together a team of community stakeholders. The onus will be on these officials to find practical solutions to some of the neighborhood’s problems. And those problems are many.

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May 2016

Addressing the Pediatric Asthma Rate in Greensboro

Greensboro is one of 50 cities selected to take part in a new, national community health focused initiative. As part of the program, Greensboro will address the city’s pediatric asthma rate, which disproportionately affects low-income children.

Invest Health, a collaboration of the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to transform how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that drive health, such as access to safe and affordable housing.

A team representing the City of Greensboro, Cone Health, East Market Street Development Corporation, Greensboro Housing Coalition and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) applied for grant funding to improve the availability of safe, affordable housing for families living with asthma.

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May 2016

Savannah gets funding to study low income communities

Savannah received $60,000 to help low income neighborhoods throughout the city.

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May 2016

Paterson nonprofit groups launch effort to improve public health

The grant is part of the “Invest Health” initiative by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Philadelphia organization named Reinvestment Fund.

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May 2016

Partnership aims to improve health through affordable housing

Starting next month, Iowa City will begin looking at affordable housing through a new lens: health care.

Selected as one of 50 cities nationwide by the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Iowa City has convened a five-member team as part of the Invest Health program. The program is aimed at helping leaders from mid-sized cities improve the health of low-income communities.

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May 2016

Hartford chosen for Invest Health project

Hartford has won a $60,000 grant as one of 50 mid-size U.S. cities chosen to participate in an 18-month project exploring ways to improve health and access for low-income residents.

The city was one of 180 teams from 170 communities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000 that applied to Philadelpha-based The Reinvestment Fund and New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to participate in their Invest Health initiative, Hartford Mayor Luke Brunin announced Wednesday.

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May 2016

Eau Claire part of national “Invest Health” program

The city of Eau Claire has been chosen to be a part of a national health initiative.

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May 2016

Youngstown is selected to ‘invest’ in health

The city has been given a $60,000 grant for mid-size U.S. cities to create ways to improve public health.

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