Healthy Communities: The Converging Visions of Community Health and Community Development

Read the Policy Action Brief “Healthy Communities: Key Opportunities for Action and Engagement” here.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, IPHI has collaborated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Access Community Health Network, Cook County Depart­ment of Public Health, the Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, HUD Region 5, IFF, Kane County Health Department, LISC Chicago, and the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium to encourage discussion related to the common ground between public health and community development.  Convenings have included the June 2013 Chicago Regional Healthy Communities Summit and several community meetings across the Chicago region.  This policy brief reflects some of the opportunities for action and engagement we have collectively identified.

IPHI looks forward to further partnerships related to the key opportunities for action and engagement at the intersections of community health and community development.  Please contact Jess Lynch at

Past events

Chicago Regional Healthy Communities Summit and Community Meetings

IPHI partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and others to present this summit exploring the interactions between community development and public health in the areas of policy, practice, finance and philanthropy on June 12 and 13, 2013.

View the event agenda here.

Building on the concept of the social determinants of health, the goals for the meeting are to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of common ground between the public health and community development sectors about the concepts, language and goals of each sector, and how they overlap. Part of this goal is fostering understanding that poor health is a barrier to vibrant communities, and distressed communities are a barrier to health.
  • Lay a foundation for a more productive working relationships and partnerships between the sectors.
  • Identify opportunities for policy that supports development of healthy communities that produce better health outcomes as well as more vibrant economic and social conditions.
  • Authentically engage and incorporate the voices and ideas of community residents in informing the vision for Healthy Communities.
  • Create actionable recommendations for concrete outcomes at the nexus of community development and public health.


Following the summit we held a series of follow-on conversations in Chicago, Aurora and Lansing to explore how these topics play out in communities across the Chicago region.