Our daily lives and the neighborhoods we call home affect health in countless ways. In healthy neighborhoods, we feel safe walking outside, can access green space for recreation and physical activity, and we can purchase and eat healthy, affordable food. Healthy neighborhoods are free of abandoned housing which attracted crime and are now places with trusted neighbors who can rely upon and support each other.

Over the years the Health Foundation has supported grassroots and asset-based efforts to improve the physical, social and economic environments of neighborhoods and promote new opportunities for healthy living. Grantees and their partners have launched their health improvement projects and engaged neighborhood residents, completed an asset-based assessment of their community, and carried out large and small-scale projects in their neighborhoods. Grantees have also received support from the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.