Building Healthy Places: How are Community Development Organizations Contributing?

by Sarah Norman; Alina Schnake-Mahl

Jan 1, 2017

During the past 50 years, community development organizations have worked in low-income communities that face the greatest barriers to good health. While recent changes in the American healthcare system and philanthropic sector provide new opportunities to partner with community development organizations to address health disparities, knowledge of current health-focused strategies and partnerships among local community-based organizations is limited. Through a survey conducted by NeighborWorks America of 242 high-performing community development organizations across the United States, we examine health strategies, partnerships, and services delivered by community development organizations and professionals. A final version of this piece was published in "CIties and Health" in June 2017. Read it at