What does it take to create lasting change when it comes to health in communities? The BUILD Health Challenge® (BUILD) worked with 19 communities across the country over the last two years to find out. Together BUILD sites were able to achieve nearly 60 new systems-level changes that resulted in policy shifts, new funding streams, stronger community leadership, and ultimately improved health outcomes.
Learn about the dynamic programs these sites created to tackle a wide variety of issue areas, including food insecurity and asthma, to lead poisoning and tobacco cessation, and more. The “Community Approaches to System Change: A Compendium of Practices, Reflections, and Findings” and a set of 19 Community Stories highlight the experiences and learnings of each awardee community.
These materials are critical reading for practitioners and leaders looking to move resources, attention, and action upstream—to make meaningful change in the complex systems that affect health in our communities.
Read Community Stories from three BUILD Health Challenge awardees in New Jersey:
- Revitalizing a Community to Create a Sense of Belonging and Pride
- Addressing Housing Issues as a Way to Improve Health Outcomes
New Brunswick, NJ
- Creating a “Safe and Healthy Corridor” to Encourage Physical Activity, Better Health, and a Renewed Sense of Community