Transforming communities into places of opportunity for everyone requires changing the policies and practices that affect how money flows into disinvested communities. To succeed at this complex work, local leaders can benefit from support as they shift out of “business as usual” thinking and practice.
We’ve come to believe that by providing coaching to local teams and leaders, combined with peer learning and just-in-time strategic consultation at key inflection points, we can help communities develop the relationships, resources, and networks necessary to advance their work.
We assist place-based partnerships and institutions willing to reshape local practices and attract and deploy capital to achieve their community priorities. In this way, we think we can help create the systems changes necessary to overcome disinvestment and improve opportunity so that everyone has a fair chance to lead a healthy and productive life.
Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities (AIHC)
Nonprofit hospitals and health systems are increasingly looking beyond their walls to strategies like affordable housing, food security and asset building to improve the health and wellness of community members. These same organizations often have an array of assets—financial resources, land, and expertise—that can be harnessed to create more equitable, sustainable, and healthy communities. Accelerating Investments in Healthy Communities is helping a cohort of nine innovative non-profit hospitals and health systems advance and deepen their efforts to invest in their communities, and inspire others to do the same.
The Center for Community Investment is working with 14 cross-sector partnerships in cities and regions reshaping local systems and deploying capital to improve access to opportunities that are essential for good health and well-being. During a four-month period beginning in early 2018, the Center is providing participating teams with coaching and the opportunity to attend a two-day learning community to help them strengthen their local community investment system. This program will be followed by a longer engagement for the teams that are best positioned to benefit from additional support.