The Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has launched an initiative to bring together nine nonprofit hospitals and health systems to explore how these institutions, which have already invested in the upstream determinants of community health, can deploy their assets-financial resources, land, and expertise-to advance affordable housing as a platform for creating more equitable, sustainable and healthy communities.
The goal of the new initiative, called Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities (AIHC), is to help innovative hospitals and health systems accelerate and deepen efforts to invest in their communities and inspire others to do the same. Over an intensive four-month period, cross-departmental teams from participating institutions are engaging in three learning labs; sharing experiences with peer systems; refining the value proposition for health system investment in affordable housing; and receiving individualized consultation and support as they formulate their strategies and chart their future course. The initiative is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The nine participating institutions and their focus regions are:
- Bon Secours Health System (Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA)
- Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA)
- Cooper University Health System (Camden, NJ)
- Dignity Health (San Bernardino, CA)
- Henry Ford Health System (Detroit, MI)
- Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)
- Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, OH)
- ProMedica Health System (Toledo, OH)
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Erie, PA)
Our long-term vision is to help marginalized communities attract investments to create the conditions that provide opportunity for health and wellbeing - from healthy, affordable places to live, to clean air and water, to safe places to walk, bike and play.
Upon successful completion of the initial phase, participating institutions will be invited to apply for an advanced program. We anticipate that this program will require participating systems to commit resources to leverage new investment in affordable housing in ways that maximize the health and well-being of neighborhood residents. CCI will work with participating institutions to structure appropriate mechanisms to facilitate these investments, which may include identification of specific opportunities and partners, credit enhancement, matching funds, or other incentives.
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About the Center for Community Investment
The Center for Community Investment works to strengthen the capacity of the community investment system to improve the lives of low-income people. Through a combination of technical assistance, leadership development, dissemination of research and lessons learned, and the creation of a robust peer network, the Center builds the capacity of local institutions and partnerships to define priorities and guide capital and other resources to advance the social, economic, and environmental interests of marginalized communities. The Center is based at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
About Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.