Business and Community Organization Partnerships

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Understand how I can contribute to partnerships between businesses and community organizations to improve community health.

Businesses have an economic interest in improving the conditions in workers’ neighborhoods and in working with community partners to maintain or create an environment that is healthy and safe.

Effective partners for business include affordable housing developers, anchor institutions, community development corporations, community development financial institutions, community members, foundations and philanthropies, nonprofit service providers, public health agencies, and social enterprises. Collectively, these organizations are called community changemakers. Cross-sector partnerships and collaborations among community changemakers and other businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations can accelerate improvements in community health and economic prosperity.

For more information and citations, explore these CHEP resources:

  • Who Can Businesses Work With to Strengthen Community Health and Economic Prosperity? (fact sheet)
  • How Can Businesses Engage With Communities? (video
    This brief animated video explores how businesses and communities are connected and can work together to create healthy communities.
  • Community Health and Economic Prosperity: The Problem, the Causes, the Opportunities, and the Solutions—At a Glance (brief
    This brief defines the U.S. health disadvantage and identifies what businesses can do to be part of a solution that strengthens businesses and improves the health of Americans.
  • Community-Strengthening Business Practices as Highlighted in Community Health and Economic Prosperity Engaging Businesses as Stewards and Stakeholders—A Report of the Surgeon General (brief
    This brief presents 40 examples of business actions and community engagements that work to improve community health, wealth, and well-being and increase economic prosperity. These practices may motivate other businesses to strengthen communities and help the U.S. economy work for everyone.