The Pros and Cons of Comprehensive Community Initiatives at the City Level: The Case of the Urban Health Initiative

This paper analyzes the impact of choosing a citywide focus over a neighborhood one, beginning with RWJF’s rationale for choosing to intervene at the city level. It examines how that focus influenced the planning process for the initiative in the UHI cities. The study demonstrates that the decision to intervene at the city level provided increased opportunity to build political power and create meaningful changes in public and private systems.

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