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Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC)


The Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC) initiative aims to address the social determinants of health through changes to the built environment and the community investment system in selected New Jersey cities, including support for efforts around equitable recovery from the current health and economic crisis.

A New Initiative

Reinvestment Fund is leading this new initiative, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), to support cross-sector collaboration in four cities. The initiative will work with local-, regional- and state-level organizations over three years to: create cross-sector learning communities; spur change to systems and policies to improve health and well-being; and advance community-driven, data-informed development. BHEC will provide financial resources, technical assistance, coordination of peer gatherings, and targeted trainings.

The COVID-19 crisis has further highlighted how the social determinants of health and the built environment impact health and well-being. BHEC will meet cities where they are in terms of recovery in brick-and-mortar development (e.g., affordable homes or healthy food retail), authentic community engagement, and changes to the community investment system throughout the initiative.

Learn More

For more information, contact

Jennifer Fassbender
Director of Program Initiatives