"To improve health in this country, the health sector must work closely with those who plan and build communities," writes Risa Lavizzo-Mourey in Investing in What Works for America's Communiities.
"For decades, policymakers, scholars, public health workers, community development leaders, advocates, and others have worked to address the problems of poverty or poor health," Lavizzo-Mourey writes.
"As a physician, I generally cannot discuss health with a patient who lives in poverty without talking about the areas where community development works: affordable housing, access to nutritious food, and safe places to play and exercise. I can attest that it is important for us to ensure that health and community development work together."Read the book chapter