Collaboration between the community development and health sectors is increasing to improve lives in low-income neighborhoods. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Federal Reserve System have fostered this collaboration, supporting regional conferences attended by the community development, finance, urban planning, housing, government, business, academic, philanthropy and health sectors. The meetings have helped lay the groundwork for innovative new ideas and public and private partnerships with shared goals – such as creating safe and accessible places to exercise, preventing chronic diseases, and building safe, affordable housing.
On Monday, November 7, RWJF, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted the 2nd National Healthy Communities conference in Washington, DC. The all-day event included an update on progress, with panels on systemic changes needed in policy, data and financing. Featured experts included: