December 2010

Health and Community Development - Volume 22, Issue 3

This issue of Community Investments examines the relationship between health and community development and the rich opportunities for cross sectoral partnerships between the two fields. The articles explore the striking health disparities that exist across populations of different socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds and delve into specific examples of community-based approaches to improving health outcomes.

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Table of Contents

CI Notebook

On its surface, health may appear to be an individualized product of genetics, personal lifestyle choices, and proper medical care. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that the broader social, economic, and physical context in which we live has a profound impact on health outcomes, particularly among low- and moderate-income populations.

Building Communities and Improving Health: Finding New Solutions to an Old Problem

An overview of what we know about health in lower-income communities and an exploration of how socioeconomic inequalities interplay with health outcomes.

Making Up for Lost Time: Forging New Connections between Health and Community Development

New trends in public health are creating incentives for public health to partner with community development. Learn about the innovative work taking place in King County, Washington.

Healthy Food Financing Initiatives: Increasing Access to Fresh Foods in Underserved Markets

An in-depth look at the Fresh Food Financing Initiative in Philadelphia that has become a national model for bringing healthy foods to underserved communities.

Community-based Strategies for Improving Health and Well-being

A look at two neighborhood-level initiatives that are using community-based strategies to improve health, educational, economic, and social outcomes.

Banking Conditions in the 12th District: Has the Recovery Taken Hold?

A discussion on current conditions in the banking industry, including a look at some of the headwinds that continue to contribute to the uncertain banking environment.

Addressing the Financing Needs of Small Businesses

A summary of major themes from the Federal Reserve System’s initiative entitled “Addressing the Financing Needs of Small Businesses.”

Community Perspectives: The Nevada Bankers Collaborative

The Nevada Bankers Collaborative, a group of Community Development Officers from several small to large sized financial institutions, works to develop initiatives driven by the needs of the community.

Research Briefs

Research briefs on negative equity and residential mobility, the education of children living in public housing, the relationship between financial education and savings, investment, and consumer behavior, and childhood neighborhood conditions and adult outcomes.

Doctor CRA

As an avid reader of the Federal Register, I noticed that there were some changes to the CRA regulations in the October 4, 2010 issue (Vol. 75, No. 191). Can you help me make sense of these new changes and give me the bottom line?

Data Snapshot: Health and Community Development

Socioeconomic and demographic factors, such as income and race, play an important role in determining health outcomes and access to care.