Health Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona

Like many places across the country, Arizonans had a real “aha” moment when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the VCU Center on Society and Health released their life expectancy map for the Phoenix metro area last year. Their study showed a 14-year difference in life expectancy for zip codes that are only a fifteen-minute drive apart. These maps have been excellent at capturing people’s interest and helping them to understand that place matters to health . At the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, we’ve …

New policy primer on hospital Community Benefits

Goals that are further out in front of you can tend to appear fuzzy, complicated, and out of reach. They look that way, that is, right up until the moment that you start to connect the dots. Hospital Community Benefits and Healthy Community Development are no exception to this experience. Both of these subjects look complex and have a “devil-is-in-the-details” way of trying to slip your grasp. Each has its history also, but things are changing for both. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act created …

Case studies show ways affordable housing can improve health

Three new case studies from the National Housing Conference addresses how better housing can lead to improved health outcomes.  The case studies, Collaborating with Housing Quality Stakeholders to Reduce Home Health Risks, Addressing Housing as a Health Care Treatment and Using Health Care Savings to Construct Supportive Housing in New York, affirm previous research showing that access to stable and affordable housing is an important social determinant of mental, physical and emotional health. When housing is unaffordable or located in high-stress environments, residents tend to experience …

Building a Cross-Sector Coalition

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recently published a study to shine a light on the inner workings of a collaborative partnership that works on behalf of low-income communities, illustrating both the challenges and the lessons learned from such efforts. “Building a Cross-Sector Coalition: Sustainable Communities for All and CA’s Cap-and-Trade Program” by Laura Choi reveals insights from a new cross-sector coalition called Sustainable Communities for All that successfully championed a joint platform that prioritized social equity and proposed allocating a significant percentage of …

New RWJF maps rank Arizona’s health by county

How healthy are Arizona’s counties? The new interactive maps from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show how counties vary in their health ratings. The rankings take into account all of the factors that drive health, including the built environment and if communities have access to health care and healthy food.