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Community Benefit 

Communities where all people can live rewarding and healthy lives.


What Makes a Healthy Community?


A healthy community is one where people have the opportunity to make healthy choices, in environments that are safe, free from violence, and designed to promote health. Factors that influence health range from early childhood education to quality housing and jobs, and include many other areas of community development such as financial inclusion, access to health clinics and healthy food, sustainable energy, and transportation.




We catalyze and support collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.


The community development and public health sectors often work separately, even when serving the same places and people.


Nearly one-fifth of Americans live in low-income neighborhoods. As economic inequality increasingly divides our communities, a growing number of families live with limited opportunities to achieve healthy and rewarding lives.


Community development and public health have labored for decades to confront this challenge.

Often these two sectors have worked separately, even when serving the same places and people. As a result, challenges persist, such as siloed work streams, underestimated value and impact of work, inefficient use of resources, policy roadblocks and unrecognized investment opportunities.


By collaborating, the community development and public health sectors can have greater impact on the places and people they serve

Today we know that factors related to health, employment, education, housing, and neighborhoods are linked. Efforts to improve one area will fall short if done in isolation from the others. Through increased collaboration, the community development and health sectors can have greater impact on the people they serve while attracting additional public and private investment and informing more effective policy.


We work to facilitate more cross-sector connections, promote the health-related value of community development, encourage measurement that demonstrates that value, highlight evidence-based successes, provide evidence supporting policy improvements that remove impediments to collaboration and uncover opportunities for additional investment at the intersection.


Our Vision


Healthy individuals  in healthy communities


Our mission for healthy communities 


We help you engage in your social environment and the health ecosystem in order to achieve optimal wellness and healthy community


We share the belief that


health, which is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right and that the attainment of the highest possible level of health is a most important worldwide social goal whose realization requires the action of many other social and economic sectors in addition to the health sector. 


World Health Organization's  Declaration of Alma-Ata 




My Personal Health Ecosystem 


About: My Health Ecosystem provides information about specific assets and related aspects of your physical and related environment.


Uses: Learn about the environment in which you live and in particular identify resources and assists to achieve optimal well being. Use your zip code to learn about the quality of your environment.   


Example: You can get an overview of the healthy-ness of your community by checking its health ranking learning about the availability of health-promoting spaces. My Health Ecosystem enables you to get more information about how your environment is impacting your health and wellness. 

The Democracy Collaborative’s latest report, Hospitals Building Healthier Communities, provides an in-depth look at six hospitals in five cities that are rethinking their economic and community engagement strategies. These hospitals have recognized that health is more than just treating the patients that come through their doors and are beginning to adopt an “anchor institution mission” that can help build not only more prosperous, but also healthier communities.

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