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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source PolicyLink
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Anchor institutions can be important drivers of economic growth. Through their spending and investment, employment and contracting, and their ability to generate ideas, information, and talent, they can spark innovative enterprises grounded in place. Their existence can be especially...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
This report examines the economic power of anchor institutions in addressing economic disparities and creating opportunities for low-income residents. Anchor institutions are influential organizations, such as universities and hospitals, deeply embedded in local communities. The report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States, California
Source University of California Berkeley
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice
Increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce is associated with improved access for minority and underserved populations, improved patient satisfaction, and greater cultural competency in care environments. This guide highlights effective approaches for improving hiring diversity,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Public Safety
This report provides a road map for city governments to establish a civilian Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) that provides the infrastructure and resources necessary for successful community-based public safety efforts. This report details varying structures and systems in place...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Health
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council of State Governments
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety
This policy brief highlights the different ways call triage can be used to inform and dispatch community responders. While most jurisdictions will ultimately create multiple opportunities for calls to be triaged and directed to community responders, many will likely begin with one...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Community Development
As the community foundation field reaches the century mark and faces growing pressure on its business model, many communities at the same time are struggling with economic distress. To meet these converging challenges, an innovative group of community foundations are beginning to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors. These local human and economic relationships link institution well-being to that...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Education
Michigan students are increasingly diverse but their teachers are not. Access to high-quality education and care is also limited to children of color. They are more likely to change schools and have absences, and hence may cause cumulative educational inequities. Policy recommendations...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Public Safety
This fact sheet discusses 5 recommendations for local jurisdictions deliberating over the creation of an Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for an Urban Future
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Transportation & Mobility
In recent years, cities have become the drivers of government innovation. As urban growth has exploded over the past half century - increasing from a third to nearly 60 percent of world population today - local officials have been forced to solve problems and generate new ideas, policies,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Reproductive Health
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Health
This report highlights several examples of proactive state policies that were enacted to improve abortion access in the first half of 2021. This report also discusses steps states have taken to mitigate racial disparities in maternal health. Policies aim to increase public awareness...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ACLU
Policy Areas Public Safety
A white paper by the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union detailing recommendations for designing effective civil review boards to oversee law enforcement. The paper includes a brief history of civil review boards and specific tactics for addressing gaps in police...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health
Title V MCH Services Block Grant programs provide funding for three categories of essential services--direct, enabling, and public health services--but requires funded programs to be "family-centered, community-based and culturally competent." This report examines the methodologies...

Type Executive Order
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Brookfield
Policy Areas Public Safety
In response to Campaign Zero's "8 Can't-Wait" policies, the Brookfield Police Chief delivered an open letter to the public detailing how these demands were incorporated into Brookfield's Use-of-Force Policy Procedure. These policy procedures include banning chokeholds and strangleholds,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Education
This infographic highlights the significant challenges faced by children affected by the Flint water crisis and/or enrolled in Detroit Public Schools. It examines the detrimental impact of toxic stress, economic insecurity, and social determinants of health on these children's well-being....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Coalition for Police Contracts Accountability
Policy Areas Public Safety
This report is part of a four-part series on police union contracts in Chicago. It provides 14 significant changes to Chicago police union contracts. Key recommendations include provisions in contracts that restrict the public's ability to investigate police misconduct and obstruct...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source City Accelerator
Policy Areas Energy, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
Government is often thought of as a place where good ideas go to die. We who work in local government know this is not true. We also know, however, that cities' current set of approaches and solutions won't be enough to address our most pressing challenges. We need more and fundamentally...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Although minority and/or women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) serve a critical role in our national economy, they are more likely than most other businesses to face disproportionate economic challenges. To address this MWBE programs can alter traditional procurement rules to increase...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Law and Social Policy
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development
The situation of high unemployment for black men is not new. It has persisted for decades, and scholars, sociologists, economists, policy makers, and advocates have brought attention to various aspects of this challenge and put forth solutions. Yet, it is seemingly an intractable...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
For millions of Americans, accessing healthy food is no easy matter. In low-income communities, liquor stores and gas stations proliferate, while farmers' markets are hard to find. Nationally, 11.5 million low-income people live in low-income areas where the nearest supermarket is...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education, Democracy & Governance
Anchor institution-facilitated community wealth building can drive job growth and economic development. This report provides case studies for effectively leveraging anchor institutions to improve local economies and address climate change and improve communications and transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Community Development, Public Spaces
This policy outlines how zoning laws can be used to facilitate urban agriculture in order to promote public health, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. It explains where urban farming should be located, how it can be legally approved, and the standards that should...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
It is widely acknowledged that hospitals and universities are anchor institutions - that is, place-based institutions that are tied to their location by reason of mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers or employees and hence have a vested interest in improving the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The deep and persistent racial wealth divide will not close without bold, structural reform. In this report, the authors offer 10 bold solutions broken into three categories: Programs, Power and Process. These solutions are designed to strike at the structural underpinnings holding...

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