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RWJF, Reinvestment Fund Announce $3 Million in Awards



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Reinvestment Fund announced that $3 million in awards is being distributed to 50 cities in 31 states across the country. The initiative, Invest Health, is aimed at transforming the way city leaders work together to help low-income communities. They are specifically focusing on features that help with overall health, such as access to affordable and safe housing, places to exercise and play, and jobs.

“Public officials, community developers, and many others have been working in low-income neighborhoods for years, but they haven’t always worked together,” said Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH, MBA, who serves as RWJF Vice President, Program. “Invest Health aims to align their work and help neighborhoods thrive by intentionally incorporating health into community development.”

The grantees were chosen from 180 team applicants. The grant requires teams of five-members that include representatives from the community, public sector, and an academic or health related institution. Invest Health cities have each received a grant for $60,000, and this money is going to be used to address and improve opportunities in low-income communities.

For a full list of recipients of the Invest Health communities, and to learn more about the initiative, visit here. Congratulations to all Invest Health communities!