Regis and Partners Awarded Grant to Improve Health of Community

May 18, 2016

Denver (May 19, 2015) – Regis University has partnered with Adams County, the city of Westminster, Mile High Connects and Tri-County Health to address health disparities and improve the quality of life of residents living the area around the RTD stations at 71st and Irving Street and 60th and Federal Boulevard. 

This coalition has received a $60,000 grant from Invest Health to affect health outcomes in a meaningful way in southwest Adams County.

The Invest Health initiative is a project of the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help improve health outcomes for those who are living below the poverty line. The project focuses on community features that improve health outcomes such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise, and quality jobs.

“With a long history in community development finance, we are excited to help create a pipeline to channel capital into low-income sectors in our communities through public and private investments,” said Amanda High, chief of strategic initiatives at Reinvestment Fund. “Our goal is to transform how cities approach tough challenges, share lessons learned and spur creative collaboration.” 

Over the next 18 months, Invest Health teams will take part in a vibrant learning community, have access to highly skilled faculty advisors and coaches who will guide their efforts toward improved health. The Westminster Invest Health Coalition will also engage a broader group of local stakeholders to encourage local knowledge sharing. Lessons from the program will be synthesized and disseminated through the project website.

“Public officials, community developers, and many others have been working in low-income neighborhoods for years, but they haven’t always worked together,” said Dr. Donald Schwarz of the Robert Wood Foundation, “Invest Health aims to align their work and help neighborhoods thrive by intentionally incorporating health into community development.”
 
Regis University is an anchor institution and is committed to using its presence in the community to contribute to the economic health of the region. Improving the quality of life for community members is a top priority for Regis in utilizing the grant, said Susan Scherer, associate dean of the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, who is the grant liaison. 

"By joining with other community groups, we increase our ability improve the health of our communities,” said Scherer, "being part of this collective effort allows Regis to consider new ways to contribute to the greater good."