In early November, The Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation announced Invest Health as an initiative to help align people, strategies, and capital to improve health in cities across the country. According to the press release, “The initiative aims to transform the way city leaders work together to help all communities thrive with specific attention to factors that drive health in low-income neighborhoods, including a scarcity of quality jobs, affordable housing, and nutritious food, high crime rates and, unhealthy environmental conditions.”
The initiative will invest in 50 mid sized cities around the nation– cities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000. Participating cities will be selected through a competitive process that opened December 16. To apply, teams from each participant city must include five cross-sector leaders representing, at a minimum, the public sector, community development/finance, and an academic or health-related anchor institution. The remaining team members should be drawn from sectors appropriate to the challenge the team seeks to address.
Visit the Invest Health website for more information and learn how to apply.