Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
This field guide, produced by The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, connects the dots between the social determinants of health and the framework of strategies that both BALLEand MIT's Presencing Institute have identified as the path forward in building thriving local economies:
Formed in 1890 as a 37-bed hospital housed in a converted private home, Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) is now an 848-bed facility. Committed to community investment, the hospital is a partner in the Genesis Project—a public-private partnership launched in 2000 to help revitalize one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods—and is specifically credited with placing a community social worker and two community-based police officers in the neighborhood, helping to reduce crime by nearly 20 percent. As part of the larger health system Premier Health Partners, which serves a seven-county area in Southwest Ohio, the hospital is committed to following a new strategic plan focused on building an inclusive workplace, a concept that will involve workforce and diversity goals.
Founded in 1921, The Dayton Foundation is a community foundation with $462 million in assets. In fiscal year 2014 it awarded $45 million in grants aimed to strengthen the greater Dayton region. The foundation played a lead role in establishing Dayton’s Minority Business Partnership, which works to grow scalable minority businesses, expand the minority entrepreneurial community, and create supply chain opportunities for local businesses. It also is a major supporter of Miami Valley Works, an organization that aims to eliminate poverty by providing holistic employment services including job readiness training, ongoing employment coaching, support services, and long-term follow-up.
Based in Burlington, UVM Medical Center serves over 1 million people across Vermont and northern New York. The Center aims to be the greenest healthcare organization in the country and has a particularly strong focus on promoting a local, sustainable food system. As such, the food it serves comes from 70 regional farmers and producers as well as from its own gardens and beekeeping initiative. UVM Medical Center also includes a Center for Nutrition and Healthy Food Systems, established to educate other health care institutions about building a sustainable food system.
Ensuring lasting community health and equity calls for innovation, collaboration and a multifaceted approach that addresses underlying determinants of health, including economic conditions. From hospitals and health systems to universities, ‘anchor institutions’ are organizations with deep roots and longevity as major employers in their communities. This Web Forum will feature a keynote presentation by leadership from University Hospitals Cleveland and a moderated panel discussion by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with insights about the benefits they see in this approach.Read more about Stepping Up to Make a Difference: The Vital Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Health Improvement...
David Zuckerman, the Democracy Collaborative's Healthcare Engagement Manager, speaks with Catholic Health World about how and why hospitals and health systems are devising anchor institution strategies to strengthen local economies.
Founded in 1924, the Newark-based Victoria Foundation has a two-fold mission: to improve the lives of children and families in Newark, and to protect water resources and preserve precious open space statewide. In 2014, the foundation made $12 million in grants, with nearly half supporting neighborhood development--including CDCs, job training, and leadership development. The foundation is also taking a lead to convene cross-sector leaders in order to develop blueprints mapping out how collective action could address the city’s urban challenges. Read more about Victoria Foundation...
Established to attract renowned performers and serve as a catalyst for the city’s revitalization, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center opened to the public in 1997. Since then, the Center has attracted 9 million visitors, engaged 1.5 children in its arts education programs, and offered numerous free events aimed to attract new and diverse audiences. In 2014, the Center launched Express Newark: A University-Community Collaboratory in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark. The project seeks to revitalize a long-neglected city building into studios, galleries, performance spaces, and a multimedia incubator where students, residents, organizations and institutions can collaborate.
Established in 1973, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region aims to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in the community. Since 2000, it has awarded grants totaling $568 million in the Washington region. The foundation currently serves as the leading funder overseeing City First Enterprises and other partners’ implementation of the Community Wealth Building Initiative, a network of green, employee-owned businesses designed to meet area anchor institutions’ purchasing needs while creating wealth-building jobs in low-income communities.
With assets of $310 million, the Rochester Area Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the greater Rochester region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to community needs. Since its establishment in 1972, the Foundation has awarded more than $340 million in grants to community nonprofits. The Foundation’s grantmaking is currently directed towards two goals: 1) creating an equitable community, which includes supporting community and economic development efforts focused on addressing poverty, and 2) strengthening the region’s vitality. To change the culture of community problem-solving and decision making, the Foundation created ACT Rochester, a community indicators initiative which provides an objective assessment of the region's performance through over 100 indicators of community well-being.
Established in 2006 when the not-for-profit MVP Health Plan acquired the not-for-profit HMO Preferred Care, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation focuses on improving the health of the Greater Rochester community. One of its focus areas is “Neighborhood Health Status Improvement,” which supports asset-based, grassroots efforts to improve Greater Rochester area neighborhoods’ physical, social, and economic environments. In addition to financial awards that enable grantees to engage neighborhood residents, complete an asset-based community assessment and implement neighborhood projects, grantees receive support from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. Between 2007 and 2013, the Foundation distributed $53 million to hundreds of area organizations.