Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment:
Roles for Hospitals and Health Systems (March 2017)
By thinking broadly and investing strategically, hospitals and health systems can be better partners in solving the most pressing issues in their community. This report offers examples of health care organizations that are experimenting with this new approach to community investment, and lessons they have learned. These lessons are then incorporated into our capital absorption framework for community improvement. This framework, and the lessons shared here, can help cultivate common ground between those who have long participated in community development outside health care institutions, and those within health care institutions who are now discovering the potential impact of community improvements on health.
Landing Capital: The Capital Absorption Framework for Community Investment (Land Lines, April 2017)
Authored by Loren Berlin, this article explores the Center’s work on equitable transit-oriented development in the Bay Area, Denver, and Los Angeles. It highlights the Bay Area’s work to rethink policy mechanisms and practices to address the high cost and limited availability of land impeding the development of affordable housing.
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