Community Development: Health

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Investing in Health: A New Frontier of Health and Housing Partnerships
EVENT | NOVEMBER 3, 2022
On November 3, 2022, the New York Fed hosted an in-person event centered on investments in affordable housing by healthcare systems and health insurers. Speakers explored how partnerships between community development organizations and healthcare systems are building and maintaining affordable housing.
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Exploring Baby Bonds as a Tool to Improve Economic Security
EVENT | SEPTEMBER 27, 2022
On Tuesday, September 27, the New York Fed, in partnership with the Office of the State Treasurer for Connecticut and the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School hosted an in-person event on the intersection of baby bonds with health, wealth, housing, and education.
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Creating 21st Century Capital Markets for Better Social Outcomes: Transformative Change in Health Equity Through Debt Financing
EVENT | SEPTEMBER 13, 2022
On Tuesday, September 13, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York hosted a hybrid event on how bond financing could create greater health equity by fundamentally transforming investments in preventative public health.
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Global Insights on Food Security and Economic Resilience: What Can the U.S. Learn from Abroad?
EVENT | MAY 25, 2022
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York hosted a virtual event on domestic and international efforts to improve food security. Speakers discussed the Economist Impact's Global Food Security Index (GFSI), food and inequality in the U.S., and market opportunities in this field.
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Health and the Economy: Takeaways from a Conversation with the Surgeon General
BY JAVIER SILVA AND TONY DAVIS | MAY 24, 2022
Highlights from an event featuring a conversation between New York Fed President John C. Williams and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy discussing the intersection of health and economics, national efforts to promote a healthy workforce, and lessons learned during the pandemic.
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Investing in Health: The Intersection of Business, Public Health, and Community Development
BY DOMINIC RAMOS-RUIZ, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK, AND SAMI JARRAH, NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE | FEBRUARY 3, 2022
Key takeaways from the "Investing in Health" event that brought together experts to examine how the private sector is investing in public health, measuring outcomes, and devising mechanisms to boost private investment in underserved communities.
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Investing in Health: The Intersection of Business, Public Health, and Community Development
EVENT | JANUARY 19, 2022
We hosted a virtual event to bring together businesses and public health professionals to examine how the private sector invests in the health of its employees and communities, including corporate social responsibility practices.
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The Fourth Trimester and Beyond: The Case for Transformative Investments and Solutions in Maternal and Child Health
BY JESSICA BATTISTO, MARISA CASELLAS-BARNES, REBECCA LANDAU, DR. AUDREY LYNDON & DR. MIMI (PAULOMI) NILES | DECEMBER 9, 2021
The New York Fed released a white paper on the nation’s crisis in maternal health, calling for investments baby bonds, funding for doula and birth support programs, home nurse visitation, and other interventions to preserve the health—and lives—of mothers and babies.
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Combating Food Insecurity: What’s Working – and What’s Scalable?
EVENT | NOVEMBER 30, 2021
The New York Fed hosted a virtual event on November 30, 2021 that featured leaders, from all sectors of the food system, who are investing in and deploying market-based solutions and interventions to help ensure that everyone has access to healthy and affordable food.
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The Fourth Trimester and Beyond: The Case for Broad Investments in Maternal and Child Health
Event | September 15, 2022
The New York Fed, in collaboration with NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a virtual event on maternal health.
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Health and the Economy: A Moderated Discussion with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Event | April 05, 2022
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York hosted a virtual event on health and the economy, which featured a conversation between New York Fed President John C. Williams and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy. Topics of the discussion, moderated by reporter Emily Flitter of The New York Times, included the intersection of health and economics, national efforts to promote a healthy workforce, and lessons learned during the pandemic.
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John Williams' Remarks at Racism and the Economy: Focus on Health
FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM | September 9, 2021
In this video, John opens the eighth installment of our virtual event series examining how systemic racism impacts health and, ultimately, economic outcomes and how people without good health or health care often struggle to fully participate in the economy.
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Economic Inequality: Unequal Burdens—Racial Differences in ICU Stress during the Third Wave of COVID-19
LSE Blog Series | August 9, 2021
A critical risk during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the possibility of the hospital system becoming overwhelmed as patient needs exceed the capacity of intensive care units. The authors investigate the extent to which members of different racial and ethnic groups faced different levels of hospital system stress during the third wave of COVID-19 in the winter of 2021.
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Food Insecurity: Stakeholder Perspectives on Scaling Solutions
By Tony Davis, Dominic Ramos-Ruiz & Javier Silva | November 16, 2021
Ahead of our event "Combating Food Insecurity," we convened leaders focused on addressing the social issue of hunger, with the goal of identifying both challenges and market-based interventions to make healthy and affordable accessible to all.
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Economic Inequality: Unequal Burdens—Racial Differences in ICU Stress during the Third Wave of COVID-19
by New York Fed | August 9, 2021
A critical risk during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the possibility of the hospital system becoming overwhelmed as patient needs exceed the capacity of intensive care units. The authors investigate the extent to which members of different racial and ethnic groups faced different levels of hospital system stress during the third wave of COVID-19 in the winter of 2021.
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Exploring the Economic Benefits of Broader Support for Mental Health
by Rebecca Landau, Tony Davis, Javier Silva & Jessica Battisto | June 2, 2021
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, depression and anxiety took a toll in the workplace, costing the global economy about $1 trillion every year in lost productivity. This article explores economic implications of mental health and how experts are responding to elevated levels of anxiety and depression since the onset of the pandemic.
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Mental Health in Communities of Color: Economic Implications and Policy Solutions
Event | May 26, 2021
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in partnership with Comunilife, sponsored an event on the pandemic’s impact on mental health in communities of color, including the correlation between depression and anxiety and economic factors such as lost income.
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New Initiative Focuses on Social Determinants of Health
by Javier Silva, Rebecca Landau, Jessica Battisto, Tony Davis & Marisa Casellas-Barnes | April 7, 2021
The New York Fed’s Community Development team has adopted a new strategy, focusing its energies on three key areas: health, household income, and climate change. Our goal is to connect emerging solutions — especially those focused on fostering racial equity and improving life for underserved communities — with funding. This post is the first of three about these focus areas.
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World Health Day: Global Perspectives on the Social Determinants of Health
Event | April 7, 2021
The New York Fed, in association with The International Society for Urban Health and the NYU School of Global Public Health, sponsored an event on the social determinants of health, with a focus on health equity issues, including a panel moderated by Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Clinical Professor at NYU School of Global Public Health, discussing the social determinants of health and what actions governments, healthcare institutions, and the financial sector can take to create change.
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Mobilizing Capital: Artists' Impact on Community Health and Wellbeing
event | November 20, 2020
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in partnership with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, hosted a discussion focused on artists' role in building an equitable economy and their influence on community health and wellbeing.
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Communities At Risk: Data and Demographics
by New York Fed | 2020
These maps help to locate the communities that are most vulnerable to COVID-19 across the nation, in the Federal Reserve’s Second District, and in New York City.
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Creating Healthy Communities—A New Perspective on What Fostering Health Takes
Event | September 22, 2020
This webinar is part of the Community Health Leadership Forum, a virtual event series from U.S. News & World Report focused on improving community health across the country. Hear from leading voices from across sectors who are collaborating to address the social determinants of health, reduce inequities and make a lasting difference in the well-being of their populations.
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Healthy Communities Conference Series: New Sources of Place-based Capital to Improve the Upstream Social Determinants of Health
Event | December 6, 2019
The New York Fed, in partnership with Comunilife, NYC Health + Hospitals and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, held an event that explored the relationship between health and community development strategies.
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