Can community development finance help “bend the cost curve” for health care? The reality is that people who live in supportive, connected, and economically-thriving communities tend to be healthier. Perhaps the most important contribution that community development finance provides is the larger contribution of a more vibrant and healthier community.
Overcoming Obstacles to Health (pdf, 7.8 mb)
This RWJF report to the Commission to Build a Healthier America provides a profile of the current state of health in America, focusing specifically on the role that social factors like income, education, and race and ethnicity play in Americans’ health and the areas that hold promise for improving the opportunities for all Americans to live healthier and more productive lives.
This report describes the Commission to Build a Healthier America’s work and provides recommendations for moving forward to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to lead healthier lives.
DC Metro System: Disparities in Health (pdf, 253 kb)
This map shows life span disparities across the DC Metro system, reflecting differences in wealth, education and environment across all community residents. The differences are even more dramatic – sometimes double – if you compare black and white residents.
Neurons to Neighborhoods: Executive Summary (pdf, 176 kb)
Commissioned by the Institute of Medicine, From Neurons to Neighborhoods is the product of a two-and-a-half-year project during which 17 individuals, as a committee, evaluated and integrated the current science of early childhood development.
Unbanked by Choice (pdf, 1.5 mb)
This is the first report from a multi-phase survey of 1,000 banked and 1,000 unbanked households in greater Los Angeles, randomly selected from eight low-income study areas for in-person interviews at several intervals over the course of a year (July 2009 to July 2010).
Healthy Communities: Issue Briefs (pdf, 3.6 mb)
These issue briefs provide snapshot analysis of how housing, education, race, neighborhoods, workplaces, and early childhood experiences affect health outcomes.
The Poor Pay More – Poverty’s High Cost to Health (pdf, 2.1 mb)
This report describes many of the ways in which being poor is bad for one’s health and points to policies that have the potential for restoring the prospect of good health to the lives of the poor.
Banking and Community Perspectives (pdf, 1.5 mb)
This issue of Banking and Community Perspectives focuses on nonlegislative efforts to foster healthier communities, particularly in low- and moderate-income areas. These efforts are led by both public and private organizations across the Federal Reserve’s Eleventh District.