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There's Something Happening Here... A Look at The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Initiative

February 2014

There's Something Happening Here...
A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Anthony Perez

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In 2010, The California Endowment (TCE) launched a new $1 billion, 10-year strategic investment in 14 Building Healthy Communities (BHC) places.  

This initiative represented a significant shift in grant-making from supporting health delivery systems to focusing on policy and systems change. Recognizing that it was doing something big yet unsure where it would go, TCE commissioned USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) to provide two guideposts: numbers and a narrative.

The "numbers" were a set of data profiles for each of the 14 BHC places to see where they are doing well and where they can improve in relation to equity and their regions. See the sidebar on the right to view/download the profiles.

And this report, There's Something Happening Here...A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative represents the "narrative". It is an attempt to help simplify what is a complex and dynamic initiative, and to support efforts to shape its future. PERE's narrative puts forth a three-part storyline linked together by an overarching concept of "Just Health"a vision for California centered on equity.

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