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Photo courtesy of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System

Building on Tradition, Catholic Hospitals Invest in Community to Improve Health

If you move a family from housing that has asbestos or is in a bad area to an area that is green and [safe], that is ultimately going to improve the family’s health.

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Dignity Health’s St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo/ HiredPen

“Incredible Women”

Orders of women committed to serving impoverished communities built hospitals and schools because they observed those needs.

Investing in community development financial institutions (CDFIs) is the most common way that Catholic health systems support low-income communities.

From Mud and Straw

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The Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Photo/ jason john paul haskins
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The Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Photo/ jason john paul haskins
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Community planning workshop in Richmond, Va. Photo/ Joanna Lombard

Organizing Church Hill

“We knew that, particularly in vulnerable communities, people would not get healthy unless the social determinants of their lives changed.”

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Photo/ Joanna Lombard.

“We believed it was a great hospital, but for the hospital to flourish, the neighborhood had to flourish. People had to feel safe.”

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St.John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia. Photo/ Wikipedia
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Richmond entrepreneurs who received support through a new microfinance program. Photo/ Killeen King, Virginia LISC
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Richmond entrepreneur, Hunter Robertson. Photo/ Killeen King, Virginia LISC
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Build Healthy Places

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Crosswalk Magazine

A gathering place for stories about the connection between health and place. Produced by the Build Healthy Places Network at www.BuildHealthyPlaces.org

Build Healthy Places

Written by

By joining forces, community development and health professionals can have a more powerful impact. www.buildhealthyplaces.org

Crosswalk Magazine

A gathering place for stories about the connection between health and place. Produced by the Build Healthy Places Network at www.BuildHealthyPlaces.org

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