Regional Planning for Health Equity

Overview

This brief introduces strategies for planning for health equity at a regional scale and summarizes the movement for building healthy communities. It draws from the experiences of regional equity coalitions and metropolitan planning organizations to identify five important conditions that must be met to achieve effective results.

An Equity Profile of Detroit

Overview

The Detroit region is undergoing growth and change. After losing approximately 156,000 people between 2000 and 2010, the region is projected to reverse its recent losses and grow by about 5 percent over the next 30 years. People of color will make up a growing share of the population, with much of that growth propelled by Latinos and Asians. An infusion of new public and private investments along with middle-wage job growth is also fueling an economic recovery, what some have called a Detroit Renaissance. However, not everyone will benefit unless business, community, and political leaders work together to connect people of color to jobs, business opportunities, quality education and career training, and healthy homes and neighborhoods. Download summary here.

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An Equity Profile of Detroit - Summary

Overview

The Detroit region is undergoing growth and change. After losing approximately 156,000 people between 2000 and 2010, the region is projected to reverse its recent losses and grow by about 5 percent over the next 30 years. People of color will make up a growing share of the population, with much of that growth propelled by Latinos and Asians. An infusion of new public and private investments along with middle-wage job growth is also fueling an economic recovery, what some have called a Detroit Renaissance. However, not everyone will benefit unless business, community, and political leaders work together to connect people of color to jobs, business opportunities, quality education and career training, and healthy homes and neighborhoods. Download the full report.

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Strengthening the Pine Ridge Economy

Overview

The Pine Ridge reservation, home of Oglala Lakota people, sits within a broader regional economic context whose primary sectors include tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, and retail.1 The Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rapid City Metropolitan area are interdependent economies that, to date, channel many economic benefits off-reservation. This Equity and Opportunity Assessment identifies key strategies to create greater vibrancy and equity in reservation-based economic activity—to increase prosperity and quality of life for both the Oglala Lakota people and the region as a whole.

Aligning for Impact: Connecting Promise Neighborhoods and the Cradle-to-Career Civic Infrastructure

Overview

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and the Strive National Network collaborated to produce a white paper on strategies for aligning these two important education efforts in communities.

Beyond Lessons In The Field: Creating and Sustaining Partnerships in Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

A series of papers based on four webinar tracks the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted on data, finance and sustainability, community engagement, and partnerships. This latest one on partnerships is important for those building strong leadership for a supported, respectful, long-lasting Promise Neighborhood.

Beyond Lessons In The Field: Community Engagement in Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

A series of papers based on four webinar tracks the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted on data, finance and sustainability, community engagement, and partnerships. This latest one on partnerships is important for those building strong leadership for a supported, respectful, long-lasting Promise Neighborhood.

Beyond Lessons In The Field: Using Data to Make a Difference: Keys to Success

Overview

A series of papers based on four webinar tracks the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted on data, finance and sustainability, community engagement, and partnerships. This latest one on partnerships is important for those building strong leadership for a supported, respectful, long-lasting Promise Neighborhood.

Beyond Lessons In The Field: Planning for Growth and Sustainability of Promise Neighborhoods - Keys to Success

Overview

A series of papers based on four webinar tracks the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted on data, finance and sustainability, community engagement, and partnerships. This latest one on partnerships is important for those building strong leadership for a supported, respectful, long-lasting Promise Neighborhood.

Culture of Universal Achievement and Success: A White Paper on the Granger Turn Around Model™

Overview

This white paper by Robert Bleisch, M.A., Principal of Castle Park Middle School, explores the Granger Turnaround Model—a school-wide, research-based, data driven Response-to-Intervention model built on four very specific principles of intervention (Timely, Targeted, Directive, and Systematic) and three core systems of academic excellence (Mandatory Attendance System, Mandatory Behavior System, and Mandatory Academic Support System). These three systems of academic excellence are greater than the sum of their parts and together, synergistically, help neutralize many of the poverty related barriers that affect school campuses and prevent academic success.

Primer and Directory on Evidence-Based Practice

Overview

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink created this document to flesh out the meaning of evidence-based practice (EBP), the idea to invest resources and energy in programs, services, and explore policies with empirical evidence demonstrating success. Increasingly, funders are encouraging grantees to use these evidence-based approaches. The Promise Neighborhoods program exemplifies this shift.

Promise Neighborhood Investment Readiness Criteria

Overview

To support sustaining local leader’s efforts, to achieve collective impact by improving the educational and developmental outcomes for poor children in America, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) is working to attract additional investment to network member’s Promise Neighborhood cradle-to-career continuum of solutions. Network members meeting ALL of the criteria described below may submit requests for funding to their peers.

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.  
 

An Equity Profile of Southeast Florida Region

Overview

Communities of color are driving Southeast Florida’s population growth, and their ability to participate and thrive is central to the region’s economic success. But wide racial gaps in income, health, and opportunity place its future at risk. Creating good jobs, connecting youth and vulnerable workers to training and career pathways, and increasing access to economic opportunities can secure a bright economic future for the region. PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) produced this profile in partnership with the Southeast Florida Regional Planning Partnership. You can also download the summary.

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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.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

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In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, HUD, DOT, and EPA released their five year annual report. This report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

Equitable Growth Profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs Region

Overview

Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth. Download summary here.

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Equitable Growth Profile of the Piedmont Triad Region

Overview

The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing. Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to stronger job growth and broadly shared prosperity is critical for the region’s future. Growing good jobs, investing in its workforce, and infusing economic inclusion into economic development and growth strategies are promising strategies. Download the summary.

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PNI’s Model Legislation to support Cradle to Career Efforts

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

Promise Neighborhood Target Setting Guidance

Overview

The Urban Institute has developed this target setting document for the U.S. Department of Education as supplement to their data Guidance Document for Promise Neighborhoods. It identifies data sources, considerations, and methods sites may consider when setting targets for the 15 Promise Neighborhood GPRA indicators.

PNI Cradle to Career Act One Pager

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

PNI Model Legislation

Overview

In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

Some Considerations Pertinent to a Promise Neighborhoods National Evaluation

Overview

This document describes some of the key issues to be considered in undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the performance and impact of the Promise Neighborhoods grantees at large. It provides the perspective of organizations who are working at the corner of evaluation and practice—seeking to improve the outcomes for poor children and families and to understand the most effective ways of measuring results.

Choosing a Data System for your Promise Neighborhood

Overview

This guide contains a set of suggested critical criteria, functions, and guiding questions to use in order to review potential database vendors. These guidelines are intended to be a starting point for community discussions about data systems, and can be altered to reflect the specific needs of a Promise Neighborhood.

Education Success Strategies Launched in Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Sites in Year 1

Overview

This issue brief describes the education success solutions that the 2011 Promise Neighborhoods implementation sites put in place during the first year (2012) of their five-year grants. This brief is part of a series, Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs, which provides guidance on aspects of Promise Neighborhoods.

A Developmental Pathway for Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results

Overview

This important tool was developed to help Promise Neighborhood communities and the field at large better understand the external conditions and developmental milestones that are needed to build the cradle to career continuum and to achieve the goals/outcomes set forth in Promise Neighborhoods. The tool illustrates the developmental pathways necessary to achieve the Promise Neighborhoods vision.

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

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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)

An Equity Profile of Kansas City Region

Overview

The Equity Profiles inform planning, policymaking, and community action in regions and states. Download the summary here.

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An Equity Profile of Kansas City Region Summary

Overview

The Equity Profiles inform planning, policymaking, and community action in regions and states. Download the full report.

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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.

An Equity Profile of Rhode Island

Overview

This Rhode Island profile documents the state's rapid demographic shift and performance on a host of equity indicators. Download summary here.

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An Equity Profile of Rhode Island Summary

Overview

Summary: This Rhode Island profile documents the state's rapid demographic shift and performance on a host of equity indicators. Download the full report.

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Advancing Environmental Justice through Sustainability Planning (Full Report)

Overview

Explains why addressing environmental justice (EJ) is a key aspect of creating sustainable regions, and presents ways in which those involved in local and regional planning can achieve EJ in their communities.

California Unincorportated: Mapping Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley

Overview

This document describes the new methods for identifying, measuring, and mapping disadvantaged unincorporated communities and a first account of the findings from applying these new methods to the San Joaquin Valley. For readers seeking the complete technical details of the data sources and methods, please see the Technical Guide on the Community Equity Initiative website.

Community Engagement Guide for Sustainable Communities

Overview

Describes the Sustainable Communities Initiative, where communities are catalyzing new networks of relationships, finding new problem-solving methods, and creating new inclusive decision-making tables to craft an authentic vision for an equitable and prosperous future.

California Unincorporated: Mapping Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley (Technical Guide)

Overview

This technical guide provides a step-by-step detailed account of technical mapping methods and additional sources for data, and will help those interested in replicating this model.

California Unincorporated: Mapping Disadvantaged Communities in the San Joaquin Valley

Overview

Describes new methods for identifying, measuring, and mapping disadvantaged unincorporated communities and a first account of the findings from applying these new methods to the San Joaquin Valley.

Advancing Environmental Justice through Sustainability Planning (Executive Summary)

Overview

Explains why addressing environmental justice (EJ) is a key aspect of creating sustainable regions, and presents ways in which those involved in local and regional planning can achieve EJ in their communities.

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