At the Build Healthy Places Network, we believe that community development plays an integral role in America’s efforts to improve health equity.
By Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH and Colby Dailey, MPP Directors, Build Healthy Places Network
Place has a profound impact on a person’s health. Increasingly, research shows that our physical well-being is largely dependent on a range of interconnected social and economic factors in the neighborhoods where they live, work, learn and play. Through our Healthy Neighborhoods approach to community development, we are evaluating each neighborhood where we work through the lens of these factors—to identify priorities, develop strategies and build partnerships to address the unique challenges and assets within each neighborhood.
Addressing housing options, social supports and income and wealth have always and will continue to be central to all the work we do. Other factors will be addressed neighborhood by neighborhood, based on needs and priorities, partnership opportunities, and our organizational expertise and strengths. Applying the Healthy Neighborhoods framework, we will assess each project, program and partnership for its potential to bring resources and opportunities that will enable the people who live there to make choices that lead to healthy and vibrant lives.
The strategic shift to adopt a health-based perspective to our work is outlined in our Strategic Plan. We look forward to developing partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, businesses, community members and groups that share our vision for healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.