Using Health Know How to Build Healthier Communities

February 5, 2015 6:54 PM

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In the world of community development, the fact that ZIP code often trumps genetic code in determining a person's overall health has become conventional wisdom. If families live in well-maintained housing, if they're able to buy fresh food at a nearby supermarket, if their children can walk to school in safety, they are more likely to be healthy -- in both body and mind.

But community developers and their funders are grappling with how exactly to gauge the concrete connection between wide-ranging investments in a neighborhood and improvement in the health of the people who live there. Increasingly, they are seeking out hard data to evaluate the success of their work...

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