South Team Engineers the Rebirth of Stewart Park

The following excerpt comes from the April 17, 2018, article by Bob Lowry on the University of South Alabama website. The wind whips through the trees of this forlorn city park near Mobile Bay. A couple of rusty swings sway back and forth. Nearby, a silent, rundown basketball court awaits a pickup game. There’s an … Continue reading South Team Engineers the Rebirth of Stewart Park

U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health

The following excerpt comes from the November 1, 2017, article by Sternberg in US News and World Report. The jigsaw puzzle of U.S. counties fits neatly together into a pleasing whole, displaying America as a land of many parts. Within those parts, people in adjacent communities may have similar lifestyles and incomes. They may eat … Continue reading U.S. Is Many Different Communities When it Comes to Health

Useful Resource: FedCommunities.org

Fedcommunities.org offers community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.  The information portal provides research, publications, and tools for those working in community development. “Healthy Communities” is one of the key areas of policy explored on the site. The available resources include Data/Research Multimedia Events Publications Speeches … Continue reading Useful Resource: FedCommunities.org

Decisive action by communities can reduce health disparities and improve lives

From the article by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Victor Dzau on STAT Our choices for good health depend on our choices for everything else in life: a good education, safe and decent housing, a secure job that allows us to support our families. What happens when those choices don’t exist? Ask Alpha Whitaker. Whitaker, a single … Continue reading Decisive action by communities can reduce health disparities and improve lives

Sentinel Communities: Mobile, Alabama

The Sentinel Communities project -- a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Initiative -- will track health outcomes in 30 cities to understand Local health care landscape How challenges can be addressed in areas with different geographic and historic landscapes How communities make progress or address barriers in improving population health. … Continue reading Sentinel Communities: Mobile, Alabama

Re-balancing medical and social spending to promote health: Increasing state flexibility to improve health through housing

From the article by Stuart M. Butler, Dayna Bowen Matthey, and Marcela Cabello from Brookings: Although the United States spends considerably more of our GDP on medical services than other developed nations, our health outcomes are no better, and in many areas, much worse.  Even more significant, perhaps, is that when we look at health … Continue reading Re-balancing medical and social spending to promote health: Increasing state flexibility to improve health through housing

When Housing Comes First, Hospitals Benefit

From the article by Lola Butcher on Hospitals & Health Networks: Supportive housing is a multifaceted model to help homeless individuals and families that face complex challenges such as addiction, mental health conditions and disabilities that can be overwhelming. In addition to permanent housing, the model provides social services that range from substance abuse programs … Continue reading When Housing Comes First, Hospitals Benefit

What can Population Health Learn about Financing from Affordable Housing and Community Development?

From the article by Katherine Wright at Rethink Health: To help communities thrive, the United States currently invests in affordable housing and community development through centralized financing structures, implemented at the state and local levels. By any measure, it has been a tremendous success. For example, Housing Choice Voucher Program vouchers (formerly known as Section … Continue reading What can Population Health Learn about Financing from Affordable Housing and Community Development?

Repealing Federal Health Reform: Economic and Employment Consequences for States

From the issue brief published by The Commonwealth Fund: ...Recent analyses show canceling the ACA’s tax credits and Medicaid expansion would double the number of uninsured Americans.2,3 As millions lose their insurance, hospitals and other providers would see their uncompensated medical care costs soar by $1.1 trillion from 2019 to 2028, and they would experience … Continue reading Repealing Federal Health Reform: Economic and Employment Consequences for States

Hospitals Can Be Key to Healthy People, Healthy Economies

From the article by Johnny Magdaleno on Next City: With the U.S. medical care industry spending more than $340 billion on goods and services every year, health systems and hospitals have the type of money that could revitalize the communities where they save lives. That is, if they tended to funnel those dollars down to … Continue reading Hospitals Can Be Key to Healthy People, Healthy Economies