The Anchor Mission Playbook

Anchor Mission PlaybookAnchor institutions can play a key role for low-income communities by better aligning their institutional resources—like hiring, purchasing, investment, and volunteer base—with community needs. The recommendations for hospitals and health systems in The Anchor Mission Playbook are drawn from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. 

Rush University Medical Center making Impact Investments

Rush University Medical Center Impact InvestmentsRush University Medical Center is investing $6 million in organizations working to revitalize neighborhoods in the West Side of Chicago. Read how they are investing in housing to improve health: Rush to Make $6 Million in Impact Investments.


Public Arts Resource Center

PARCAmericans for the Arts’ Public Arts Resource Center is an online portal for professionals and artists working in the public art field. Access a wide arrange of resources from sample documents and templates to case studies and research papers that can help you find tools, resources, and opportunities tailored to different roles in the public art field.


Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development

Policy LinkPolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by lifting up what works. Arts and culture are key avenues of their investigations in promoting equity. PolicyLink has pulled together “promising and proven practices that demonstrate equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools.” Access Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer.


A Creative Placemaking Field Scan: Housing

ArtsArtPlace America (a 10 year creative placemaking initiative) commissioned field scans to better understand how arts and culture interacts with different sectors within community development. Read the summary blog on 6 Things That Arts Can Do for Housing. And, access the full housing field scan, Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersects with Housing.


CASES & POINTS: A Summary of the Funder Exchange on Evaluating Arts & Social Impact

Animating DemocracyNACEDA partner Americans for the Arts convened funders, evaluators, and practitioners of the arts to explore how to assess and report the impact of the arts. The exchange fostered shared understanding of values and goal frameworks, indicators and tools, and affirmed the need for iterative learning and experimentation. Read Cases & Point: Funder Exchange on Evaluating Arts & Social Impact.


Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder’s Guide

Monitor InstituteNACEDA highlights the power of networks, and activating engaged networks is vital to creative placemaking practice no less than other community development focuses. The Monitor Institute takes a funder's position to explore the necessity of networks and how to catalyze diverse actors to connect people, ideas, and resources. Read Catalyzing Networks for Social Change.

Building Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal

BuildingEngaging arts and culture in community development can be a regional strategy as well as a hyperlocal one. Mass Inc and ArtSpace examine the benefits that creative placemaking can have for Massachusetts’ “Gateway Cities” -- regional economic drivers outside of the Greater Boston area. While focused on the Massachusetts context, the lessons can be generalized to other parts of the country. Read Building Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking Strategies for City Growth and Renewal.


Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well

createIn the Creative Placemaking white paper, Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwan Nicodemus set the framework for Our Town, a funding initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). After examining Our Town projects, Markusen and Nicodemus further explore the practice of creative placemaking -- collecting insights and best practices in Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well.

Building on Tradition, Catholic Hospitals Invest in Community to Improve Health

Baltimore Opening a children’s museum seems an unlikely endeavor for a health care system. So does establishing a trendy restaurant district. But these are just two of the innovative strategies financed in recent years by Catholic health systems seeking to spur economic development and improve well-being in the low-income communities they serve. Read the Crosswalks Magazine article.

The Root of Good Health: Fresh Food

Health Care Share Program

Hospitals and health care providers in Vermont are using the Health Care Share program to "prescribe" fresh vegetables through farm shares and to educate patients about nutrition. The University of Vermont Medical Center shares its experience in The Root of Good Health: Fresh Food.

People & Places 2017 Focuses On Healthy Places

Destiny 2Community development improves people's health. And, the healthcare industry is increasingly taking notice of community development's impact on the social determinants of health. People & Places 2017 featured focused on on the how community development and healthcare fields are partnering to improve health and opportunity.


Partner Finder

Healthy Places LogoFind the health and community development organizations nearest to you. Partner Finder helps you take the first steps to identify potential cross-sector partners in improving the health and well-being of your community. Access the Build Healthy Places Network's Partner Finder.

Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities Toolkits

Democracy Collaborative LogoThese toolkits help hospitals and health systems build community wealth through inclusive hiring, investment, and purchasing — and give community developers insights on how to develop partnerships with hospitals. Access the Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities Toolkits


Sparking Will Into Action

Two days after Donald Trump was elected president, members of the NACEDA network came together for a strategic communications training. Nina Arce of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey says the timing couldn't have been more perfect.

November 22, 2016

Smart Money: Investing in Infrastructure Organizations

JPMorgan Chase's Naomi Camper and NACEDA's Frank Woodruff examine how community development networks can provide the long-term infrastructure needed to improve places and access to opportunity.

November 18, 2016

Creating a Healthy Community Development Ecosystem

Structural racism is a pollutant that threatens the community development ecosystem. How can we confront and defeat this dangerous pollutant? This blog by Joe Kriesberg of the Massachusetts Association of CDCs is part of the Living Cities series, “Closing the Racial Gaps: Together We Can.”

November 9, 2016

Health-Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona

Arizona MapThe Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities wanted to learn how things like walkability, access to primary care physicians, housing costs, and poverty rates looked across the state.  So, they mapped 15 health indicators by zip code to identify health disparities and opportunities for positive impact.

November 1, 2016

NACEDA's Healthy Places Challenge: Logic Model and Theory of Change

NACEDA's Theory of Change and Logic Model outline how the health and community development sectors can collaborate to maximize resources and build healthier places with community credibility.


Playing Matchmaker for UnitedHealthcare & an Arizona Neighborhood

Ribbon CuttingPedro Cons of Chicanos Por La Causa "shot for the moon" and launched a stellar partnership with UnitedHealthcare that's improving homes, health, and opportunity in Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood.

September 30, 2016