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Health & Economic Development

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Review these resources to understand how economically stable and prosperous communities influence the health of residents; the economic benefits of pursing mixed-use and equitable development; and tools to leverage investment in your community.

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Healthy Food Access Portal
Policy Link, The Food Trust & The Reinvestment Fund

Find resources designed to improve healthy food access in communities, build local economies and enhance public health. The website highlights current efforts and relevant resources to serve community members and policymakers working to improve access to healthy food retail.

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Food Environment Atlas
Economic Research Service, USDA

Looking for a robust, user friendly tool to help you understand your communities’ food environment? The USDA has partnered with other top organizations in 2012 to develop the Food Environment AtlasThe Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors:

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The Economic Benefits of Open Space, Recreation Facilities and Walkable Community Design
Active Living Research, May 2010

This Active Living Research brief reviews research on the different ways that walkability, parks, and open spaces can bring economic benefits to a community.

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Healthy Food for All: Building Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems in Detroit and Oakland
PolicyLink & Michigan State University, 2009

Through case studies of Detroit and Oakland, this report demonstrates innovative steps to repair our broken food delivery networks into a system that promotes health, economic and social equity, and sustainability. Download the report from PolicyLink.

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Tax Increment Financing: A Tool for Advancing Healthy Eating and Active Living
Leadership for Healthy Communities, 2009

This policy brief examines tax increment financing (TIF) as a means of funding initiatives that promote healthy communities.  Download the policy brief from Leadership for Healthy Communities.

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Equitable Development Toolkit: Economic Opportunities
PolicyLink

The toolkit promotes equitable outcomes by providing tools to support smart, intentional strategies that ensure low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods through a menu of tools to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization.

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Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health
ChangeLab Solutions, 2007

This toolkit, from ChangeLab Solutions, defines the connections between economic development and health and provides a comprehensive overview of financing and program strategies within the economic development and redevelopment arena to improve community health.

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LEED-ND and Healthy Neighborhoods: An Expert Panel Review
Center for Disease Control, 2007

In 2007, Center for Disease Control convened an expert review panel of public health and land use experts to review the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system.  This fact sheet reviews features of the LEED-ND rating system that could contribute to several health benefits. 

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Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning
National American Planning Association, 2007

The National American Planning Association offers a policy guide on how planning can support local food systems and strengthen the regional economy.

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Leveraging Land Use and Economic Development to Improve Health Disparities
Center for Health Improvement, 2006

Land use and economic development policy recommendations to enhance the nutrition landscape to serve populations at high risk for obesity. 

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