Housing to improve the health of “grandfamilies”

The Build Healthy Places Network highlights two cutting edge Arizona projects providing housing for grandparents raising grandchildren in their online essay A New Generation of Affordable Housing. Read about the challenges and the perseverance of two nonprofits, Tanner Properties and The Primavera Foundation, as they strive to meet the housing needs of this unique group. This story is part of a collection of long-form essays by the Build Healthy Places Network designed to illustrate the deep connections between neighborhood and health.

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 …

What really makes us healthy?

A new video from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco explains the link between health and community development in less than four minutes. The top contributors to long-term health and life expectancy may be surprising to most. As it turns out, only a fraction of what affects our health is actually related to healthcare. To truly improve outcomes, we need to look beyond healthcare at a variety of factors that impact health, and the community development sector is poised to address this challenge.

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 …

AARP working to improve walkability

A street that’s made safer for an older adult to cross is also safer for a child walking to school, a parent pushing a stroller, a bicyclist, a jogger, a commuter, a shopper. In other words, a walkable community benefits everyone. That’s one reason AARP Livable Communities is working both nationally and locally to help towns, cities and neighborhoods become more livable and walkable for people of all ages. Among the other reasons? According to AARP research, nearly eight out of 10 people over the …

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 …