Funded by the Kresge Foundation and in partnership with Richmond Promise Neighborhood and the Urban Institute, the VCU Center on Society and Health convened a Redevelopment Public Health Team comprised of local service providers and other stakeholders poised to affect services delivered to local residents. The team met monthly to identify and prioritize health needs in the community, review recommendations for evidence-based practices from the Urban Institute, and make recommendations for coordinated services.
See below for the evidence-based practices reviewed for each of the priority areas
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Challenges with mental health and substance abuse are potential barriers to successful redevelopment. The team developed recommendations to promote awareness of mental health resources, improved screening, and access to care.
- Best Practices - Substance Abuse Programs
- Best Practices - Mental Health Services
- Redevelopment Brief - Substance Abuse
Trauma Affected Communities
Residents of Creighton Court consistently expressed concerns about the impact of trauma on their community. The team recommends increased awareness of the impact of trauma, increased local capacity to provide trauma-informed care, and community development practices that reflect the trauma-informed principles.
Wrap Around Services
To ensure appropriate services throughout the redevelopment process, the team recommends that residents are engaged in the process of identifying specific needs and experience a cohesive and connected service environment.
- Best Practices - Housing Opportunities and Services (HOST)
- Best Practices - Chicago Family Case Management Demonstration: Hard to House
Supportive and Affordable Housing
To prevent displacement during the redevelopment process, the team recommends that residents are informed of housing resources and have access to appropriate housing options including permanent supportive housing where needed.
Families affected by asthma should be connected to appropriate resources and services to reduce emergency department visits due to asthma complications. New housing for families affected by asthma should use asthma-safe construction and be equipped with adequate filtration systems.
Violence Prevention and Positive Youth Development
The team discussed strategies to prevent and reduce youth violence and promote community-wide safety including engaging youth in meaningful activities and mentoring relationships and empowering residents to change the culture regarding violence.
- Best Practices - Youth Violence Prevention
- List of Youth Violence Prevention Evidence-Based Practices
Click the links below to download the meeting minutes
May 6, 2015
April 1, 2015
March 4, 2015
- Meeting Minutes
- Resources mentioned by the Public Health Redevelopment Team
- Richmond Promise Neighborhood Quarterly Meeting Summary
February 11, 2015
January 7, 2015
December 3, 2014
November 5, 2014
October 1, 2014
September 3, 2014