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Bloomington and Peoria host health and well-being event

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Peoria and Bloomington Invest Health partner together to create better strategies for accelerating improvements in neighborhoods facing barriers to health. Peoria and Bloomington Invest Health partner together to create better strategies for accelerating improvements in neighborhoods facing barriers to health.

PEORIA, Ill.  -- Both, Bloomington and Peoria, Invest Health teams will host a peer exchange to explore community development and investment strategies to improve health and community development models. This event will be taking place at the Gateway Building in Peoria on Thursday, from 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. 

The event will cover various community development topics and include speakers from the City of Des Moines, Greater Peoria LISC, Memphis Medical District Collaborative, and Knox County Area Partnership

"We’re pleased to be able to partner with Peoria and host this event,” explains Katie Simpson, City Planner for Bloomington. “Over 100 local leaders have registered and we expect a very productive exchange of information and ideas.”

The event is funded by Invest Health, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Reinvestment Fund. Invest Health is an initiative that brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities across the nation to develop new strategies for increasing and leveraging private and public investments to accelerate improvements in neighborhoods facing the biggest barriers to better health. Bloomington and Peoria were two of fifty mid-size cities selected to participate in Invest Health. 

Invest Health is a new initiative that was developed to provide an opportunity for mid-sized cities to transform the way local leaders work together to create solution-driven and diverse partnerships. These partnerships will emphasize making changes in low-income neighborhoods to improve resident health and well-being. These changes can focus on increasing access to quality jobs, affordable housing, and nutritious food, and reducing crime rates and environmental hazards.

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