Healthy Communities

Watch more at the Healthy Communities video archives.

The Healthy Communities Initiative was designed to enrich the debate on how cross-sector and place-based approaches to revitalize low-income communities might both revitalize neighborhoods and improve health. The idea is simple: those who work on making low-income communities function better (by building high-quality affordable housing, financing small businesses, and creating community assets such as charter schools, clinics, or daycare centers) should work closely with the health sector to coordinate those community-improving efforts in a way that promotes better health outcomes over the life course. The Federal Reserve System and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created the Healthy Communities Initiative to encourage stronger linkages between the two sectors and move them forward towards a healthier future.


The Healthy Communities conferences bring together health practitioners and community development workers in a series of conversations across the United States.


The Resources page features recent publications and charts on community development and health, including a special issue of the Community Development Investment Review.

About the Initiative

Find out more about the initiative, our steering committee, and how to contact us.

To continue the conversation about the intersection of health and community development in particular, email  Ian Galloway to join our Healthy Communities Initiative ListServe.

Related is a web portal to community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Board of Governors. Through a single web gateway, users can access hundreds of Fed materials that address barriers to economic growth and promote fair and informed access to financial markets.

What Really Makes Us Healthy? Health beyond Healthcare
In this video, the San Francisco Fed explores the top contributors to long-term health. 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.