The Farm to Plate Investment Program: A 10-Year Roadmap to Revitalizing Vermont’s Food System

Overview

This profile highlights the Farm to Plate (F2P) Investment Program, which was designed to strategically strengthen the state’s food and farm sector and encourage the purchasing of local foods.

The Vermont Legislature commissioned the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to develop a strategic plan to revitalize its food and farm sectors and increase purchasing of local foods. Implementation is under way with more than 350 organizations working together as the Farm to Plate Network, including the Farm to Institution Task Force focused on increasing institutional local food procurement.

Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

Overview

From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure and stagnant wages are some of the barriers that are preventing millions of low-income Americans and communities of color from reaching their full potential. Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges weaves together insights from the fields of healthcare, housing and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.

"Healthy Communities of Opportunity provides an actionable roadmap to solve the interwoven housing and health crises that impact many people. This thorough review of the housing crisis from PolicyLink and their cross-sector approach to the solutions is a significant contribution to addressing the problem."
David Fukuzawa
Managing Director, The Kresge Foundation’s Health and Human Services programs

 

For low-income people of color, where you live not only determines access to education and employment but how long you live and how well you live. This new report from PolicyLink and the Kresge Foundation puts forth an action agenda to create far greater access to vibrant, healthy communities of opportunity.
Angela Glover Blackwell
PolicyLink President and CEO

Building Healthy Communities of Opportunity

Overview

From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure, and stagnant wages have deep implications on both the prosperity and the health of families. With the housing market failing to serve the vast majority of Americans, PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation partnered to develop a new equity framework that highlights how the confluence of health and housing can potentially drive better outcomes in both fields. The groundbreaking report, "Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges," weaves together insights from health, housing, and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.

This webinar, hosted by PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation, discusses post-recession housing challenges facing households in America, and the housing policy priorities that would create smarter, healthier, resilient, inclusive communities. The webinar featured national leaders focused on how thoughtful, coordinated investments can shape the next generation of healthy communities.

Health Equity: Moving Beyond "Health Disparities"

Overview

A health equity movement is underway, in which broad sectors are working together to create solutions to the complex problem of health inequities. This paper lifts up solutions that are grounded in strengthening communities, engaging non-health sectors, lifting up promising practices, advancing progressive policy options, and identifying research gaps that can make the case for prioritizing health equity strategies.  
 

Common Market Case Study: Rebuilding a Regional Food Economy and Increasing Access to Healthy Food

Overview

Common Market is a regional food hub whose mission is to increase the availability of local, sustainably grown farm food throughout Philadelphia and surrounding areas. This case study provides an in-depth look at Common Market's growth and development, including efforts to build financial sustainability.

Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research

Overview

A new joint report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust, Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research, underscores Health Equity and Place as the foundation necessary for reaping the positive benefits associated with healthy food. (Full report)

Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research

Overview

A new joint report by PolicyLink and The Food Trust, Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research, underscores healthy food access as the foundation necessary for reaping the positive benefits associated with healthy food. (Summary)

Economic and Community Development Outcomes of Healthy Food Retail

Overview

Illustrates the connection between improved healthy food access and resulting economic and community development, encouraging readers to include assessment of economic outcomes in their healthy food access research agenda, and provides evidence to support decision makers in advancing healthy food policies.

Maximizing Walkability, Diversity, and Educational Equity in U.S. Schools

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This new report, drawn from a national dialogue among leaders in health and public education, with accompanying research, answers the question in the affirmative. It also outlines the factors that determine how and where schools get built for different populations, and proposes action steps for promoting diverse, walkable, high quality schools for all children.

Community-Based Participatory Research: A Strategy for Building Healthy Communities and Promoting Health through Policy Change

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Combines lessons and best practices from around the country with insights drawn from case studies, provides background and context, along with promising practices and sample resources and tools to assist local leaders in planning their own CB PR-inspired projects.

Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities (Full Report)

Overview

A vibrant movement is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country. The recent recession affected many low income communities -- taking with it manufacturing centers, jobs, and people while leaving behind abandoned homes and vacant lots. Now a new crop of urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning that land into productive use and turning around their communities.

Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities (Summary)

Overview

Summarizes a vibrant movement that is changing the landscape, economic outlook, and vitality of cities across the country—urban farmers, along with activists, and community organizations are turning vacant and abandoned land into productive use and turning around their communities.

Why Place & Race Matter (Full Report)

Overview

Delves into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Executive Summary)

Overview

Summarizes the report that delves in detail into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Spanish Version - Full Report)

Overview

Delves into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Spanish Executive Summary)

Overview

Summarizes the report that delves in detail into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities - Expanded Version

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Helps advocates, policymakers, community-based organizations, residents, and other stakeholders replicate and create successful models for ensuring that all communities have access to healthy food and the wide range of benefits it brings.

Access to Healthy Food - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Focuses on four tools -- Grocery Store Dev., Corner Stores, Farmers Markets, and Urban Ag. and Community Gardens -- that help communities increase their access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. (2011)

Corner Stores - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Offers residents, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates ideas and strategies for improving small stores in underserved communities. (2011)

Farmers Market - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Details the challenges associated with starting and sustaining farmers' markets in low-income communities of color, as well as some of the successful strategies that have been used to overcome those challenges. (2011)

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