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We are excited to announce the nationwide beta 2.0 launch of, a state-of-the-art, FREE, web-based tool-kit nested in the Community Commons website that will prove to be an invaluable resource in the work we all do to assess and make measurable improvements in community health and well-being. Read more

General Public Health Institute

Public Health Funding

Public health helps kids grow up healthy and helps build strong communities. Public health saves lives and saves money. But it is often tricky describing public health and its impact in concrete terms, which is a critical step in building support for these important programs. This infographic is an excellent tool to show the positive impact of public health and reinforce the importance of funding for public health programs at all levels.

Share this infographic widely—with your friends, family, community, local media and policymakers. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your website or send it via email to spread the word about public health.

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What Are the Links Between Housing and Health?

Your ZIP code is more important than your genetic code,” said David Erickson, director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, at Thursday’s “Are Our Neighborhoods Making Us Sick?” webinar.

The event, hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explored the links between public health and community development. More…

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Striving for Health Equity: Opportunities as Identified by Leaders in the Field

Health and health care inequities remain deep and persistent. Health inequities literally span from the cradle to the grave in the form of higher rates of infant mortality, chronic disease, disability, and premature death among many racial and ethnic minority groups. The second decade of the 21st century presents many challenges and opportunities for health funders seeking to advance health equity. Given this landscape, what can health funders do to promote health equity? How can funders harness what is already known about successful practices and bring them “to scale” to benefit larger populations? More..

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Fresh Food + Exercise – Violence = Healthy Communities

Creating healthier communities means much more than attracting medical facilities to those communities, although that’s certainly a key ingredient.

At the Getting It Done II conference’s Getting Healthy workshop, the panelists mostly talked about the other factors that a community can focus on to help residents stay healthy, above and beyond access to doctors and other medical professionals. More…

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Use County Health Rankings to Link Data to Action for Change

Imagine New Mexico as a community with 33 different neighborhoods. Then imagine yourself as a business leader looking to locate your company in one of those neighborhoods. As you consider what qualities each locality offers your firm—and your employees, many of whom have families and children—you may be surprised to discover that in 16 of these neighborhoods as many as half of the children live in poverty, roughly half of the families are headed by single parents, and half of the residents have limited access to healthy foods. More…