Good health is obviously important to every individual and family. For a strong community, residents need to be physically and mentally healthy to work and learn well.
Attention to resident health certainly involves ensuring that medical and other health care facilities are available and affordable for the community. Increasingly, it also includes programs and infrastructure that promotes healthy lifestyles as a preventative measure, from a walking club to youth bicycling trails, from nutrition awareness to park fitness centers.
Read our coverage of Healthy Residents issues and ideas in the In The News section of this website.
Using data from 2008 - 2011, this 2013 report by Capital Link, which goes into deep detail on issues like debt load and operating expenses and revenues for Federally Qualified Health Centers, is a great resource for anyone operating a community health center. The first section on trends in performance, growth and services for the industry is useful for someone interested in an overview of the field.
This 2013 report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that "collaboration between health and community development organizations to improve community health in the United States appears to be widespread." Examples and quotes from partners around the country and advice and insights on implementation make this a useful document on the topic.
The Center for the Study of Social Policy maintains this website, which offers examples of effective policies to ensure children are healthy, including tools to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancies and prevent childhood obesity.
This page includes a number of resources to help a community come to an agreement with local schools to use playgrounds and other facilities for play and programs. From the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.
Active Design Guidelines provide strategies for creating neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor and indoor spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, active transportation and recreation, and active movement like stair use in buildings. This guidebook includes a 11 case studies and analysis of how simple, low- to no-cost design changes can help encourage active living amongst affordable housing residents of all ages.
LISC Experts Online: "Improving Health in Low-Income Communities: When Fresh Food's Not Enough"
Lack of access to fresh, healthy foods is a well-known barrier to improving public health and creating sustainable communities. As a response, many government, nonprofit, and private sector programs have begun to support the development of new grocery stores and fresh food outlets within convenient access of these communities. Hear from LISC's Green Development Center, in collaboration with three expert speakers from across the nation, reflect on a 2011 study that found that better access to supermarkets did not improve people’s diets and examine the complex problem of poor health and obesity in low-income communities. View the recording
LISC Experts Online: "What's Health Got to Do With It? How Green Development Builds Healthy, Resilient Communities"
Taken together, green development and public health offer a strong platform to address the fundamental causes of poor health and create communities where fresh food is accessible, housing is healthy and neighborhood design allows for physical activity. Hear three expert speakers discuss connections between green development and public health, and draw from their expertise in active living design, food systems, and healthy homes to address questions on access to healthy fresh food, affordable homes that improve health and the ways in which communities have successfully connected their built environment and residents’ well-being. View the recording | Presentation Packet 1 | Presentation Packet 2 |Presentation Packet 3
LISC Experts Online: "Urban Neighborhood Markets: Alternatives to Traditional Grocery Stores/Supermarkets"
Oftentimes urban areas suffer from food deserts and look to develop a supermarket in their area to reduce this phenomenon. However, space constraints and retail attraction hinders this process. The Center for Commercial Revitalization (CCR) teamed with Project for Public Spaces to deliver this 2007 webcast on the alternatives to traditional grocery stores. Webinar and materials
This 2012 guide from the United States Department of Agriculture explores strategies to promote the continued success of active food hubs and spur the development of new food hub operations. Its information is pertinent to LISC’s work with businesses that would like to provide more healthy and local food, but have difficulty accessing that market.
Designed specifically for the Latino Community, this tool kit describes federal nutrition assistance programs from the lens of a pastor or community leader interacting with members of their community. It includes helpful links, best practices, stories and videos of personal testimonies of how federal programs are helping families get the nutrition they need.