In his speech about creating resilient communities, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System Ben S. Bernanke illustrates the close connections between housing, education, unemployment, and health within neighborhoods.

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Biennial Conference Focuses on Collaboration for Health and Community Development

On April 12, 2013, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, Ben S. Bernanke, spoke about healthy, resilient communities at the biennial Federal Reserve System Community Affairs Research Conference in Washington, D.C.

Bernanke highlighted the important connection between community health and opportunities for education, access to healthy food, and neighborhood safety. Building healthy communities, he said, will require focused collaboration between health organizations and community development groups.

Throughout his remarks, Bernanke spoke about this connection between health, poverty, and community development and the opportunity to improve both the physical and economic health of communities. He also referenced RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's chapter on the topic in the recent book, Investing In What Works for America's Communities.

Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Group, James S. Marks, participated in a roundtable talk entitled "Collaborating for the Future" in which participants discussed the future of community development.

“Health, education and poverty are not separate issues,” Dr. Marks said. “They are deeply linked."

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Why Health, Poverty, and Community Development Are Inseparable

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's chapter in Investing In What Works for America's Communities examines the connections between health and community development, and explores how the two sectors can work together to amplify their impact.

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