Promise and Challenge: Achieving Regional Equity in Greater Boston

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Ties the principles of equitable development to smart growth, prioritizes policy opportunities in Greater Boston, and includes strategies to improve current policies and advocate for new directions, such as the application of equity criteria to all publicly subsidized development.

Reducing Health Disparities Through a Focus on Communities

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Frames the issue of health disparities and communities in a comprehensive, integrated manner and suggests what new strategies, approaches, and policies may be needed.

Regional Development and Physical Activity: Issues and Strategies for Promoting Health Equity

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Explores the connection between development patterns, physical activity, and poor health and examines how neighborhoods that have become racially segregated and economically isolated as a result of sprawling development patterns offer few opportunities to be physically active.

Building A Healthier Sacramento Region: An Analysis of AB 680

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Synthesizes existing research on land use and regional development and provides an analysis of the potential benefits of a California Assembly Bill that would have addressed inequitable sales tax distribution, rewarded smart growth projects, and encouraged development that fosters regional cooperation and meets smart growth principles.

Bridging the Organizational Divide: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to the Digital Divide

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Explores the  intersection between the community building and community technology movements and efforts to push it forward to new places with greater synergy and policy impact.

Achieving Equity through Smart Growth: Perspectives from Philanthropy

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Reflects the learning of foundation leaders who have supported the innovators of regional equity work and crafted new institutional mechanisms to advance comprehensive equity strategies, and provides a blueprint for assessing practices in the field and ensuring that current residents benefit by new investments in the region.

Communities Gaining Access to Capital: Social Equity Criteria and Implementation Recommendations for the Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII)

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A report by PolicyLink and Urban Habitat, that examines social equity guidelines for Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII) projects. These guidelines are a tool for community-based organizations to take control of the CCII development process in their communities. CCII is attracting investment capital for keystone community development projects which have been identified and developed by community-based organizations in low-income neighborhoods, in partnership with business, environmental and government leaders.

Community-based Initiatives Promoting Regional Equity: Profiles of Innovative Programs from Across the Country

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Documents promising practices of community-based regionalism (CBR) throughout the country to constitute the beginning of an inventory of innovative strategies, employed by communities, to address the economic and social inequities experienced by urban and minority residents in metropolitan regions.

Perspectives on Regionalism: Opportunities for Community-based Organizations to Advance Equity

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Captures an initial understanding of the national debate on regionalism and strategies as a way to begin development of a policy agenda that has equity at its core.

Organized for Change: The Activist's Guide to Police Reform

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Contains strategies to help advocates move their police departments closer to a vision of community-centered policing.

Community Involvement in the Federal Healthy Start Program

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Provides a comprehensive new look at the role of community involvement in Healthy Start and presents study results showing that sustained community involvement significantly enriched programs.

Fighting Childhood Asthma: How Communities Can Win

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Provides an overview of current efforts to improve the prevention, tracking, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood asthma and accompanying opportunities for policy change. Asthma is a growing problem for children and families in California and in the nation as a whole. While children of all socioeconomic status contract asthma, it disproportionately affects low-income children, particularly African American and Latino children. Moreover, for uninsured and underinsured children, lack of access to care can exacerbate a vulnerable health status.

From Protest to Proposal: A Police-Community Relations Forum - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Published in 2001, this report highlights proceedings from a convening held in Cincinnati to discuss promising police practices in cities across the nation and to explore possible application locally.  The goal was to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to explore strategies for improving community-police relations; develop a shared understanding of community-centered police practices; and to develop an action agenda grounded in the the experience of local communities and police departments that have achieved some measure of sucess in addressing similar conditions.

Community-Centered Policing: A Force for Change

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Highlights some of the promising, community-centered police practices being implemented throughout the country: practices that are opening police departments to traditionally underrepresented communities; engaging communities as partners in solving neighborhood problems; and making police departments more accountable to the communities they serve and protect. (2001)

Promise Neighborhoods Media Toolkit

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Use this toolkit to develop a strategic plan to tell compelling stories, engage with media, incorporate results-based accountability, write op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog posts, and create a social media plan. Click here for template.

Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs

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This brief is based on the notion that college is possible not only for students who attend excellent primary and secondary schools but also those who struggle in under-­‐performing public schools. Using the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®) as a case study, it explores the theory and practice behind this approach; summarizes results, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for other communities interested in this approach; and offers examples of three students whose lives changed because of HCZ’s student support strategy. This brief is part of a series, Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs, which provides guidance on aspects of Promise Neighborhoods.

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