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Prescription for healthy communities: community development finance
We are at a crossroads in the fields of both community development finance and public health. Persistent poverty in many of our nation?s communities, along with increasing economic challenges faced by the working poor, are forcing a realization that traditional approaches to community development finance focused on affordable housing and business development are not sufficient to move and keep families out of poverty. Since the 1990s, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and their partners have augmented traditional community development approaches with investments in human ...
Community health centers: a vital strategy for community development
Community health centers contribute in significant ways to the growth and stability of low-income neighborhoods. Their impact has been long-standing, yet not widely known in the community development field. With the nation?s health-care system poised for significant change, it is an appropriate time to shed light on the link between health centers and community development.
The sustainability of health spending growth
We evaluate the long-run sustainability of health spending growth. Under the criterion that non-health consumption does not fall, one percent excess cost growth appears to be an upper bound for the economy as a whole when the projection horizon extends over the century, although some groups would experience declines in non-health consumption. More generally, the increase in health spending as a share of income may lead to a significant expansion of public sector financing, as has been the case historically. Extrapolation of historical trends also suggests that higher health spending will lead ...
Which came first—better education or better health?
Better-educated people appear to be in better health than less-educated people. But does more education cause better health, or are there other factors at play ? such as income and access to information?
Where there’s a smoking ban, there’s still fire
Since 2001, the pervasiveness of 100-percent smoke-free bans has increased dramatically?from 32 local laws in 2001 to 308 by the end of 2009. The authors use individual-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey to examine the effect of these bans in workplaces, bars, and restaurants on changes in smoking initiation, continuation, and cessation. They find that, relative to increases in cigarette taxes, smoking bans do not appear to be correlated with changes in smokers? behavior.
The effects of education on health
In the United States, wide disparity exists in the health of individuals with different levels of education
Advancing immunity : what is the role for policy in the private decision to vaccinate children?
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