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From health insurance to regular check-ups, outreach into the community helps residents in North Philadelphia get information and motivation to make a healthy choice. Organizing a Path to Better Health

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Family Income & Assets, Thinking Out Loud—We need to recognize that the loss of manufacturing and construction jobs is a huge loss for low-income communties—and start working on a response that will fill those gaps.

Price Hill: A Cincinnati Neighborhood Climbs BackPrice Hill: A Cincinnati Neighborhood Climbs Back

Cincinnati, Engaging—The commitment of Price Hill's residents is helping turn this once-blighted place into a community of diverse young families and urban professionals.

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Community Cultural Development—How can a small city increase access to the arts and create opportunities for its local artists outside of traditional venues?

Arts and culture: A superpower to help people and places prosperArts and culture: A superpower to help people and places prosper

Arts & Culture, Commercial and Economic Development, Thinking Out Loud—From forging connections between people to supercharging a neighborhood economy, arts and culture have a unique role in supporting community development.

A new role for local libraries and museumsA new role for local libraries and museums

Engaging, Implementing, Arts & Culture—A new program is promoting how these neighborhood institutions can join—and even lead—comprehensive community development initiatives.

'Aging in Every Place: Supportive Service Programs  for High and Low Density Communities'"Aging in Every Place: Supportive Service Programs for High and Low Density Communities"

Asset and Property Management—A report on the benefits of home- and community-based approaches to elderly care, and reasons to expand these programs.

New poll shows need for affordable housingNew poll shows need for affordable housing

Affordable Housing—Nearly 60 percent of Americans say that it is challenging to buy or rent affordable quality housing in their community.

New resource for integrated services deliveryNew resource for integrated services delivery

Family Income & Assets—A new website is a one-stop shop for resources for programs that mix employment, income support and asset-building services for low-income families.

Financial Cautionary Tales: How to Prevent Common Financial BreakdownsFinancial Cautionary Tales: How to Prevent Common Financial Breakdowns

Organizational Sustainability—A webinar and a list of resources for how nonprofits can avoid common financial traps, including nearly a dozen case studies.

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The Mighty Elm Playlot How an ambitious park renovation turned a place to play into a job creator, a public safety program, a healthy food center and much more.

A New View of Health Community Health Advocates bring resources and build relationships that improve the health and wellness of residents.

Community development’s unseen benefit? Good health Building better communities helps residents live longer, stronger lives. That simple fact brings a whole new perspective to our work. 

At the crossroads of housing and health care Bob Van Meter on how comprehensive community development is uniquely positioned to help short-circuit the link between poverty and poor health.

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Community Development = Healthy Neighborhoods: On Sept 30, an online panel discussed the link between where people live and health, and how community developers can have an impact, from active living to affordable housing.

How to Do It Resources

"Supporting Childhood Wellness through Healthy, Affordable Housing" Paseo Verde, a mixed-income development in Philadelphia, supports children’s health through green design, an on-site health center and pharmacy, and social service programs.

Community Commons Created for organizations and people working for healthy, sustainable and livable communities, this website is an "interactive mapping, networking and learning utility."

Understanding Health Reform A website for consumers and employers with a wide range of useful information about the Affordable Care Act.

DASH – NY Database for Obesity Prevention Policies and Evidence This searchable database has policies and academic research on a wide array of issues and topics that impact obesity at the community level.

For more, visit the Health & Wellness section of How To Do It

About the Institute

The LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development is designed to share knowledge and resources with LISC staff, local agencies in the LISC network and others who are working in the field of comprehensive community development. The Institute website, trainings, webinars and peer-to-peer support are tools that help practitioners and their partners successfully implement comprehensive community initiatives.

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"Building Equity By the Tracks"

"LISC is pushing hard to make sure that new rail lines going into towns across the country aren’t just magnets for high-end investments, but also include the services and amenities low-income families need: Affordable housing, health care, financial planning assistance, cultural richness," writes John McCarron in this 2013 article on how transit-oriented development can be a tool for community development that ran in the Next City website

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