Community Development and Health
Community development strengthens the economic, physical, and social environments in low-income areas. Community development corporations (CDCs) often play a major role in community development, which seeks to build capacity and address poverty in communities through (public and private) investments in the local economy, and community-based services like housing, sanitation, street and neighborhood improvement, and other social services.
Improved population mental health and decreased chronic disease
Improved physical and mental health; decreased substance abuse and cancer
Adapted from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Community Development Decisions
Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Community Development Decisions: How the HIA Process Can Align Sectors in Pursuit of Shared Goals
HIAs in Community Development
HIAs can inform community development decisions and help integrate health and well-being goals into community development work.
HIAs that pertain to community development are often focused on specific projects like neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and job creation, as well as applying tax credits to community and housing investments. HIAs help community developers identify strategic policy and financing opportunities when it comes to community investments.
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