We know that neighborhoods matter to children’s health. We know that there are thousands of mission-driven organizations nationally working to reduce poverty and improve neighborhoods. And we know that hundreds of billions of dollars are invested every year to revitalize communities where our highest-risk patients live, with or without the insights of health experts. Thus, there is an important opportunity to place pediatricians and children's hospitals at the table working beside community developers to support low-income neighborhoods by ensuring the greatest impact for their investments in improving children’s lives.
Collectively the voice of pediatricians and children's hospitals can influence decisions and advocate for the resources required to accelerate the revitalization of persistently disinvested neighborhoods, thus reducing the terrible impact impoverished environments have on children and families. This session will provide an overview of the organizations, policies, and funding mechanisms that comprise the community development sector and suggest recommendations for how pediatricians can educate and raise awareness of the importance of neighborhood investments for child health, engage and advise community development leaders and organizations, advocate for supportive policies and best practices, and carry out meaningful research.
- Discover a national network of mission-driven organizations, policies, and billions of dollars in financing all aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods where our highest-risk children live.
- Explore opportunities to maximize the impact of neighborhood investments for improving the lives of children and families.
- Identify ways for pediatricians to advise and collaborate to ensure healthier, opportunity-rich communities for all children.
Doug Jutte, MD, MPH, Executive Director
Build Healthy Places Network
Shari Nethersole, MD, Executive Director for Community Health
Boston Children's Hospital