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Below please find a searchable catalog of best practices for eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities and addressing the social determinants of health compiled by the Center for Health Equity Social Justice.

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 Promising Practices

OrganizationProject NameProject Description
The City Repair ProjectIntersection Repair ProjectsIntersection Repair is the citizen-led conversion of an urban street intersection into a public square. It is a form of grassroots city planning that can nurture art, public gathering and volunteerism in your neighborhood.
Elyria City Health Department"Eat Well, Play Hard" Program“Eat Well, Play Hard” is a multi-faceted program that promotes healthy nutrition and physical activity practices in children.
Community Health CouncilsAfrican Americans Building a Legacy of Health CoalitionThe Coalition worked to improve access to and quality of healthy foods in neighborhoods and workplaces in South Los Angeles.
The Food TrustPennsylvania Fresh Food Financing InitiativeThe Fresh Food Financing Initiative has become a model for communities nationwide committed to combating obesity and improving food access. 
Literacy for Environmental JusticeGood Neighbor ProgramYouth interns educated the community about healthy eating and recruited merchants to become “Good Neighbors” by increasing their store stock of fresh produce and diminishing tobacco and alcohol advertising.
San Francisco Department of Public HealthBay Area Transportation Justice Working GroupThe Working Group came together to define a regional transportation agenda and to advocate for improved social and economic equity in transportation planning, funding, and policy-making.
Johnson County Health DepartmentClean Air Kansas CityThe Clean Air Kansas City coalition, located in the Greater Kansas City Metro area, was formed in response to the community’s readiness to enact smoke-free workplace policies.
Coalition for a Livable FutureShift the Balance InitiativeThe Coalition for a Livable Future wants transportation planners to look beyond traffic volume and bus ridership when laying out new roads and rail lines. CLF says health should be considered, too.
City of PhiladelphiaMural Arts ProgramIn the Mural Arts Program, mural-making provides a support structure for young men and women to develop their artistic skills, empowering them to take an active role in beautifying their communities.
The Latino Urban ForumThe Evergreen Jogging Path CoalitionA coalition of residents and organizational partners, the Evergreen Jogging Path Coalition successfully advocated for the development of a path that became the first public sidewalk in the country to be designated as a recreational public space.
Fresno Metropolitan MinistryFresno County EBT Outreach ProjectBecause of the Fresno County EBT Outreach Project, low-income families are now able to use their food stamps to buy nutritious food at a place in their community where they feel welcome and comfortable.
South Shasta Healthy Eating, Active Communities InitiativeKids Make a StandStudents successfully urged a store manager to place healthier snack options at aisle checkouts.
City of Wray, ColoradoWray Health InitiativeThe City of Wray, the WRAY Community District Hospital and the WRAC came together to create the Wray Health Initiative (WHI), which aimed to improve health behaviors and create the enviroments that promote physical activity.
The South Los Angeles Community CoalitionCampaign to shut-down nuisance businessesThe Community Coalition launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to seek the closure of liquor stores in the community.
Ingham County Health DepartmentLand Use and Health TeamThe purpose of the Land Use and Health Team is to educate and engage the community regarding impacts of community design on health, and facilitate improvement through refinement and promotion of a health impact assessment tool.
Tufts UniversityShape-Up SomervilleShape-Up Somerville initiated interventions in before-, during-, and after-school environments to increase the number of physical activity opportunities available to children and to improve dietary choices.
Seattle Partners for Healthy CommunitiesThe Seattle-King County Healthy Homes ProjectThe Seattle-King County Healthy Homes Project worked to improve asthma-related health status by reducing exposure to allergens and irritants in the home.
Monterey County Health DepartmentHealthier TaqueriasMonterey County Health Department developed one-on-one relationships with taqueria owners and encouraged them to provide healthier food options and health education to clientele.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester CountySeeds to SuccessSeeds to Success provides workforce preparation to teens, creates retail outlets that bring affordable, nutritious foods to consumers, teaches teens valuable life skills and offers service learning and economic development opportunities.
Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research CenterThe East Side Village Health Worker PartnershipThis community-based participatory research project used a lay health advisor model to address social determinants of health that contributed to disparities in infant mortality rates on Detroit’s east side.
Office of the County Executive, Hartford CountyFarmers' Market Coupon ProgramThe Hartford County Farmers’ Market Coupon Program was designed to provide information and incentives to senior citizens participants in the WIC program to encourage the purchase and consumption of locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Partners Through FoodTOPS SupermarketFollowing the results of an innovative assessment process, Partners Through Food eventually convinced TOPS, a major grocery chain, to bring a shopping plaza and full-service supermarket to the neighborhood.
Native Health InitiativeNative Health InitiativeThe Native Health Initiative is a partnership between tribal communities and health professions students to address inequities in health by focusing on health interventions, research projects, advocacy and collaborative efforts.
Haley HouseHaley House Cafe BakeryAfter serving Boston's homeless for thirty years, the Haley House Café Bakery opened to create economic sustainability for underemployed women and men and to nurture the local community.
Denver Urban GardensDenver Gardens for Growing Healthy CommunitiesCommunity gardens are an example of a neighborhood space in which people can come together to socialize, obtain fresh food and to engage in physical activity.
Boston Public Health CommissionSafe Shops ProjectThrough training, education, and technical assistance, the Safe Shops Project helps automotive shops improve workplace safety while also reducing pollution.
Genesee County Violence Prevention CoalitionNeighborhood Violence Prevention CollaborativeThe Neighborhood Violence Prevention Collaborative seeks to empower neighborhoods in Genesee County to reduce and prevent violence by assisting neighborhoods in addressing the underlying causes of violence and creating an environment that promotes peace.