Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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Why Health, Poverty, and Community Development Are Inseparable

For 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care for all Americans. Our mission demands that we confront head-on inequalities in access to high-quality health care and other factors that contribute to health and longevity, especially for po…

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Assessing Health Effects of Community Development

Although health is a major topic of U.S. policy debates, the focus has not been on health policy but rather on health care policy. The emphasis in such discussions on the organization and financing of health care is understandable given that health care consumes 17.6 percent of our gr…

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Early Childhood Development: Creating Healthy Communities with Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness

Healthy communities are catalysts for personal health and economic success. Creating healthy communities by transforming disadvantaged ones, is an enormous challenge. Possible solutions are myriad. Or so it seems. Thanks to developmental, social, and economic science, we know more tha…

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Mobilizing Science to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty

The proposition that local communities can generate innovative strategies to rise out of poverty has a long pedigree. Its roots are embedded in a rich combination of scholarly thought and popular conviction. Its growth is marked by parallel processes of rigorous evaluation and partisa…

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Routinizing the Extraordinary

It is hard not to be inspired by the community-revitalizing work highlighted in this book. Geoffrey Canada, Angela Blanchard, Tom Cousins, and many others are lifted up as extraordinary leaders who are making their communities thrive despite difficult circumstances. But we cannot rely…

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