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2.26.2020 -

Taking the Temperature of Health Equity: A New Report

The Root Cause Coalition is a group of leading health systems, hospital associations and nonprofits, including LISC’s partner ProMedica, working to upend the socioeconomic factors that cause health inequities. Their newly-released publication, “The 2020 Status of Heath Report,” captures the progress and struggles of addressing health disparities by tackling the social determinants of health. In it, LISC VP for health programs Julia Ryan describes how we collaborate with health corporations to take on the affordable housing and income gaps and other challenges that stand in the way of health equity.

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Announcing the LISC Rural Promise

To fulfill our mission of catalyzing opportunity across the country, we are launching the LISC Rural Promise, a commitment to elevate our impact in rural America to 20 percent of our total over the next three years. The Rural Promise will build on 25 years of LISC's investment in and partnership-building with rural people and places. Now, we're taking it to the next level. We chose this week to launch our renewed effort in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose movement for civil rights and racial equity was rooted in rural America, where extraordinary talent, communities, businesses and natural resources are poised today to fuel a competitive national economy.

“What's Good for Rural Is Good for the Whole Country”: Q&A with Maurice A. Jones

LISC's CEO explains the how and why of the LISC Rural Promise, our organization-wide commitment to achieve 20 percent of our community development impact in rural America over the next three years. 

The “Ripple Effect” of Investing in Rural America

We need to look at the impact of investing in rural community development on its own terms, argues Suzanne Anarde, outgoing vice president and director of Rural LISC in an essay for Shelterforce. Projects may not touch the numbers of people or generate the returns of urban investments, but their effects are every bit as important, and ripple far and wide through the small, intricately connected networks of rural life.

What Revitalization Without Displacement Can Look Like

A new research paper offers compelling “proof of concept” of how LISC’s strategy, and our collaborations with anchor institutions, are transforming communities in ways that benefit current residents. LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones explains how the study, centered on the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, illuminates how anchors can engage with neighbors to promote inclusivity in their backyards and ensure that local voices are listened to—over the long haul.