Fostering Healthy Neighborhoods: Alignment Across the Community Development, Financial Well-Being, and Health Sectors
This report presents examples of existing alignment across sectors, opportunities and challenges for increased collaboration, and recommendations to foster cross-sector alignment across the community development, public health, health care, and financial well-being sectors.
Existing bright spots illuminate approaches for cross-sector collaboration that do create conditions for healthy communities. However, such examples are few and nascent, and the financial well-being sector is still largely isolated from the health sector despite the clear health value of its work.
There is work yet to be done to build understanding across sectors, articulate common aims, and address the barriers to collaboration. This brief highlights findings salient to the financial well-being sector, yet applicable across the community development, health care, and public health sectors as well. Particularly, the framework for a healthy community as defined can provide a foundation for collaborative efforts.