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Healthy Communities: Building Systems to Integrate Community Development and Health
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Community Development Investment Review
Health and Community Development – Volume 5, Issue 3

Can community development finance help “bend the cost curve” for health care? That is one of the questions motivating this issue of the Review. In light of the insights and research from the authors in this volume, the answer is a resounding yes. The reality is that people who live in supportive, connected, and economically-thriving communities tend to be healthier. Healthier communities would lead to billions of dollars of social savings from fewer visits to the emergency room, fewer chronic diseases, and a population more capable of making a contribution as healthy productive citizens.