Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s ‘Invest Health’ initiative comes to Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/24/16) - A national foundation is sending expertise to Flint to come up with a strategy to make the city healthier.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says local economies need to be strengthened in order to improve the health of children and adults.

Their new "Invest Health" initiative will be working in 50 mid-sized cities across the country.

The Genesee County Health Department and community partners, including universities in Flint, helped secure the resources.

"Some of the goals are to try and improve the economic conditions here because we know those social determinants like employment, appropriate housing all have impacts on health. And so the goal is to address some of these social determinants and see if we can improve the health condition overall in this community,” said Mark Valacak, health officer with the Genesee County Health Department.

The program's multi-year goal is to leverage private and public investments for neighborhood improvements.

Grand Rapid, Pontiac and Lansing were other Michigan cities selected for the program.

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