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.