Organizer: Build Healthy Places Network
In the United States, we spend nearly $3.5 trillion on medical care each year, with more than 80 percent spent on treating chronic disease — most of which is avoidable and concentrated among those living in low-income communities; those communities often are where community development is already working. What if we changed the paradigm from treating the health consequences of poverty to addressing the poverty and neighborhood conditions themselves?
This interactive session will showcase the Build Healthy Places Network’s new resource, “Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers” and highlight on the ground partnerships and opportunities for healthcare and community developers to work together, specifically in rural and small cities. After presentations from speakers, participants will form groups to discuss opportunities and challenges in developing cross-sector partnerships where they work.