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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Healthy Places for Healthy People

Deadline: November 6, 2016

Healthy Places for Healthy People helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant places by engaging with their health care facility partners such as community health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers), nonprofit hospitals, and other health care facilities.

Health care facilities can promote preventive health care and help create vibrant, thriving communities by:

  • Providing primary care and preventive services to those that do not have access to care
  • Promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles through activities such as supporting downtown farmers markets, co-op markets, and community gardens that provide access to fresh, healthy, local food
  • Creating physical activity programs and supporting sidewalks, bike paths, trails, and parks in the community that promote active living
  • Contributing to economic development and downtown revitalization by locating health centers, hospital facilities, and associated programs in walkable, compact neighborhoods and central business districts that are accessible via a range of transportation options
  • Supporting local entrepreneurs who have business ideas that contribute to a healthy community and create economic opportunities for residents
  • Working with partners and stakeholders in various sectors to use health as an economic driver for a local, thriving economy and a healthy community
  • Fostering collaboration between workforce development and economic development initiatives to renovate and repurpose abandoned downtown buildings into new health center sites, affordable housing, retail, and other community assets

Amount: The program will provide expert planning assistance that centers around a two-day community workshop. A team of experts will help community members develop an implementable action plan that will focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. No grant funding will be awarded.

Eligibility: Local government representatives, health care facilities, local health departments, neighborhood associations, main street districts, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and others proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city located in the U.S. Special consideration will be given to:

  • Applications that include representatives from both the community (local government or non-governmental organization) and a health care facility
  • Applications that demonstrate existing or new partnerships among multi-sector partners and a health care facility to promote community revitalization and economic development
  • Communities that are economically distressed and/or underserved, including those in rural Appalachia

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/healthy-places-healthy-people

Note: A webinar that provides information on applying for this program will be held on October 20, 2016.

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