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Greater Kansas City LISC recently completed the Health Happens in Neighborhoods reports, a two-year research project to better understand the impacts of community development on resident health in our NeighborhoodsNOW neighborhoods. With funding provided by Hall Family Foundation and the Health Forward Foundation, LISC sought to reveal how residents of low-income neighborhoods in Kansas City feel about where they live and how they interact with health-related assets.

The study was conducted in several phases in partnership with NeighborWorks Success Measures, resident leaders and community volunteers, and the Dotte Agency design studio of the University of Kansas. Technical assistance, advising and research analysis were provided by the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. This work builds on the 2012 research conducted by the Office of Community Health Research at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

The Health Happens in Neighborhoods reports below are a culmination of this work. These reports both demonstrate and propose possible ways that Kansas City communities can improve the health of their neighborhoods. We believe that the data and conclusions you read in these reports are very directional to assist community development practitioners, residents, and investors strengthen their commitments in people and places so that lifestyles improve and lifetimes expand. Together, over time, we can build a ‘culture of health’ and achieve health equity across our region.

Blue Hills Neighborhood

This report specifically focuses on the Blue Hills neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. Research was conducted in partnership with Blue Hills Community Services, a former local Community Development Corporation and the Blue Hills Neighborhood Association which represents the Blue Hills neighborhood.

Read the report here
Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood

This report specifically focuses on the Douglass-Sumner neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas. Research was conducted in partnership with the Douglass-Sumner Neighborhood Association, a voluntary association of active residents. 

Read the report here
Downtown Kansas City, Kansas

This report specifically focuses on the Downtown Kansas City, Kansas area. Research was conducted in partnership with the Downtown Shareholders, a nonprofit and Neighborhood Business and Revitalization Organizations, which contracts with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. 

Read the report here
Ivanhoe Neighborhood

This report specifically focuses on the Ivanhoe neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. Research was conducted in partnership with the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, a resident-led neighborhood association and Community Development Corporation. 

Read the report here
Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood

This report specifically focuses on the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. Research was conducted in partnership with the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association, a voluntary association of active residents, with research support from the Mattie Rhodes Center. 

Read the report here
 

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Ina Anderson, Deputy Director
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