Community Development

26 01, 2017

Community Health Funds: Innovative Financing for Community Health Improvement

January 26th, 2017|

Community Health Funds (CHFs) are a new method for making communities healthier while reducing costs and supporting collaboration. A new project is asking communities to share and spread lessons from CHF and other health partnership experiences. This article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines the current states of CHFs and provides links to several working examples.

Click here to learn more about the potential and challenges of CHFs.




20 10, 2016

Supporting Health in All Policies

October 20th, 2016|

This is a brief video from the CDC that provides visitors to the Health in All Policies Resource Center with an introduction to the concepts of “Health in All Policies,” cross-sector collaboration, and the importance of considering health outcomes when making policy decisions. The video also explains the types of resources that can be found in the Resource Center.  Learn more at the CDC Health in All Policies Resource Center.

26 09, 2016

What Is Community Development’s Impact on Health?

September 26th, 2016|

Learn how Massachusetts is testing a Community Investment Tax Credit as a strategy for promoting population and community health. Click here to learn about evaluation results.

25 08, 2016

Income, Education, and the County Health Calculator

August 25th, 2016|

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University produced the The County Health Calculator as a tool for advocates and policy makers. The County Health Calculator shows how income and education can influence mortality in general and diabetes in particular. Use the calculator to see how education and income affect health outcomes in your community.

Click here to explore The County Health Calculator.


14 08, 2016

Collective Impact in Summit County, OH

August 14th, 2016|

From the Youtube post: “What is Collective Impact?” illustrates the concept of Collective Impact through United Way’s work with the Summit County Cradle to Career Alliance. Please share with others who are interested in helping address large-scale social problems, and help us build the Collective Impact movement in Summit County. Learn more at

10 08, 2016

Making Places Healthy

August 10th, 2016|

It is well established that place matters for health promotion.  But how do we go about making a place healthier? This is the question addressed in Making Places Healthy: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011 available through major online booksellers).  Edited byAndrew Dannenberg, Howard Franklin, and Richard J. Jackson, this book provides insight on healthy community design from dozens of authors with backgrounds in public health, community development, health care, and more.

 The book opens with an introduction to the concept of healthy places, emphasizing areas of common interest between public health and the community design professions. […]

25 07, 2016

Health Initiatives Boost Economic Development

July 25th, 2016|

An active, healthy workforce is critical to economic development. Find out how one small town has launched low-cost, health-oriented efforts—ranging from a lunch-hour walking train to a healthy passport program at local restaurants—to make its community healthier, drawing more businesses and people to call Gardiner, Maine, home. From the CDC, published September, 2015.

25 07, 2016

Community Health Investments Yield Results

July 25th, 2016|

Private and public sector leaders across the country reveal how investments in community health have yielded positive results.  From the CDC, published October 2015.

25 07, 2016

Planning for Healthier Communities

July 25th, 2016|

City planners and other developers can play a key role in making changes that make healthy living easier where people live, learn, work, and play. From the CDC, published May, 2016.