Why interconnected communities work
The “interconnected communities” model is defined by the connections that make communities strong and that support health in all of its forms. We connect strategies, funding, technology, information, and other resources to create an integrated web of initiatives supporting positive change. When this happens, a feedback loop of opportunity, equity, health, and cohesion begins to replace the dynamics of chronic illness, insecurity, poverty, and inequity prevalent in disadvantaged communities.
The social challenges that communities face are deeply interconnected. Housing security affects food security affects educational achievement, and so on. Extensive research from the Centers for Disease Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Prevention Institute and others shows that coordinated changes made at the community level can have profound, sustained positive impacts on health and longevity.
Interconnected programs are a win-win for communities. When done well, they can improve quality of life and help transform local economies. According to the CDC, communities across the U.S. are spending more that $1 trillion each year dealing with sicknesses that are preventable. We see an opportunity to pro-actively address those challenges, and redirect community resources to more productive uses.