Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people in a community, valuing everyone equally. Health equity means a focused and ongoing effort to address avoidable socioeconomic inequalities in health, healthcare and community development.

Contact: Karen Kali

Building wealth isn’t just about saving money or improving access to lending. Economic well being is intrinsically tied to social, physical and mental health, and financial instability has a direct ramification on a person’s health.The connection between health and community development is clear. Low- to moderate-income communities tend to suffer much more from health issues than wealthier neighborhoods. And health inequality prohibits many families and individuals from generating wealth.

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Utilizing our model of community reinvestment organizing, NCRC encourages banks to support more holistic and inclusive community development efforts. Analogously, we also collaborate with organizations and members to bring together these same financial institutions with health care systems.

Through research and listening sessions, NCRC has observed that the underpinning of an individual’s health is the ability to maintain safe and affordable housing. NCRC values the opportunity to collaborate with our members, community stakeholders and hospitals and health systems as we strive to improve the health of our communities and its most vulnerable members. By improving health, we can make strides toward a more just economy.

Our Model of a Healthy Community

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Healthy Communities – Partnering with Hospitals to Invest in Community Development

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Low-income housing: The negative effects on both physical and mental health

There is no wealth without mental health

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2018 Health and Community Development Convening recap 


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