Category Archives: David Erickson

David J. Erickson, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Rebuilding a healthier Main Street

We all have a vision of the “Main Street” we would like to live near – tree-lined, friendly and safe. But our “Main Streets” are in disrepair. Across the country, they lack sidewalks, parks, well-stocked grocery stores with fresh food, healthy homes and apartments, and convenient public transportation. And it turns out, these things add up to a lot more than just an unpleasant place to live – they can have a major impact on our health. Continue reading

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Using community development finance to improve health

Can community development finance help “bend the cost curve” for health care? That is one of the questions posed to participants at the July 13, 2010 Healthy Communities conference, co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Federal Reserve Board, and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Continue reading

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