The places where we live shape our health. Unfortunately, many people live in neighborhoods that have limited access to affordable fresh food, safe places for recreation, high-quality education and living-wage jobs. They may be exposed to environmental hazards due to the proximity of polluting industries and substandard housing.
Some 70 percent of a population’s health is determined by its physical, social and economic environments and their influence on health behaviors. Addressing these conditions begins to promote health equity among people in low-income neighborhoods and foster improved health for entire communities.
Through this focus area, the Kresge Foundation supports work that addresses:
- Healthy housing and neighborhoods.
- Food systems that benefit low-income communities.
- Equitable transportation and land use.
Applications/proposals due: ongoing