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National League of Cities’ Report – Local Economic Conditions 2017

– The National League of Cities’ latest report analyzes the performance of key local economic indicators based on the perspectives of nearly 225 elected officials serving communities of various population sizes and locations. Rural to urban, the report identifies five distinct local economies: Room to Grow, Mid-sized Business Boomers, Cities on Par, Rural Brain Drain and Major Job Center, and highlights the positive and negative characteristics of each that can also impact community health.

Learn more and download the full report here

Report: The Best Complete Streets Policies

– From 2005-2014, more than 46,000 pedestrians were struck by vehicles. Communities committed to making their streets safe and convenient for everyone can find model policies in this latest report by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. Complete Streets policies seek to reduce pedestrian and cycling fatalities, which in turn supports older residents to age in place, and encourages healthy physical activity among community members of all ages. More than 1200 communities across the country, including 135 NJ communities, have adopted Complete Streets policies.

View the findings

BUILD Health Challenge Learning Series

– The BUILD Health Challenge has launched its report “Keys to Collaboration.” Part of a learning series, this report highlights best practices for cross-sector collaborations aimed at improving population health. “Keys to Collaboration” contains lessons learned and recommendations for fostering similar cross-sector partnerships from BUILD’s inaugural cohort of awardees. NJHI is proud to be one of the funding partners supporting the BUILD Health Challenge.

Access the report here

Greenprint Resource Hub

– The Greenprint Resource Hub is aimed at community members and policy makers looking to incorporate parks and other open space into their economic and social goals. Launched by the Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund, this tool helps quantify how residents benefit from parks and open space in their community.

Read more about the tool and access it here

Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health – a Playbook

This playbook from the Health Research & Educational Trust outlines effective strategies for fostering and accelerating successful and sustainable hospital-community partnerships to build a Culture of Health.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the playbook shares learnings and innovations from HRET’s Learning in Collaborative Communities cohort – 10 communities across the U.S. with successful hospital-community partnerships addressing community health issues.
Download “A Playbook for Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health” here
Register for the related August 24 webinar here

CHR&R Special Topics Webinar– Collective Impact in the Real World: From Common Vision to Collaborative Evaluation

– As part of its ongoing webinar series to support communities addressing barriers to health, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team invited NJHI’s Building a Culture of Health in Census Tract 435 project director, Dr. Ashley Anglin of the North Jersey Health Collaborative, to share lessons and strategies for successfully adopting the Collective Impact model.

Access the webinar recording and slides here

What is Health Equity?

– Shaped by input from leading researchers, this new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of California San Francisco offers key findings toward a clear, shared definition of health equity to help guide action and measure progress.

Access the report here

Environments Supporting Healthy Eating Index

– AACORN (African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network) recently launched the Environments Supporting Healthy Eating (ESHE) Index to measure a county’s access to healthier foods, and compare it to other areas at the county or state level. ESHE is a free, standardized scoring tool for describing food environments in terms of their support for healthy eating. ESHE is different from other indices, as it weights and ranks multiple variables including: community nutrition environment, organizational environments, food prices and information environment. The numerical results combine county and state indicators that are publicly available and can be updated to monitor change over time.

Learn more about the ESHE index

NIMHD Multilingual Health Information Tools

– The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) strives to bridge health gaps through language access. NIMHD provides health resources from across the National Institutes of Health in selected languages to help disseminate health information for areas where disparities have been identified, including Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. The NIMHD will continue to add resources periodically. Currently, health information resources are available in Bengali, Hindi, Japanese, Tagalog, Spanish, Vietnamese and more.

Browse available resources here

The Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual

– The CDC’s Built Environment Assessment Tool guides community program staff and evaluators in measuring the features and qualities of the built environment that can influence overall community health and individual health behaviors. The BE Tool assesses built environment infrastructure, walkability, bikeability, recreational sites, and food environment.

Access the BE Tool here

2017 County Health Rankings Released

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute release the eighth annual County Health Rankings, which illustrates how where we live matters to our health. The annual County Health Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on more than 30 factors that impact health and that communities can act upon, including income, education, transportation, housing, community safety and jobs. New for 2017, are key findings regarding disconnected youth.

View the 2017 Rankings, browse evidence-based action guides for communities, and connect with a County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Community Coach here

The 500 Cities Project

– Community leaders and health advocates often get frustrated because they have insufficient or overly broad data. The 500 Cities project by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), CDC Foundation and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a powerful tool for public officials, city planners, nonprofits, advocates or anyone else who wants to better target their health improvement efforts. 500 Cities data provide an easy-to-use picture of unhealthy behaviors, health outcomes and use of preventive services at a level of detail not available before for the nation’s 500 largest cities, including nine New Jersey communities. Among the nine New Jersey cities are six NJHI-supported communities: Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson and Trenton.

These 500 cities represent a third of the total U.S. population. The interactive maps provide the ability to see where chronic conditions overlap, neighborhood by neighborhood. This allows communities to gain an additional perspective on how specific areas fare on measures such as smoking, obesity, mammogram and cholesterol screening rates and other factors that determine health.

Access the 500 Cities data here