From the City of Norfolk's press release:
The City of Norfolk is joining the Community of Practice for Healthy Housing Equity, led by the National League of Cities (NLC), to develop community-wide approaches that support healthy housing in our community. Norfolk joins five other cities from across the nation to do intensive work on healthy housing and healthy equity.
The full cohort includes Chicago, IL; Golden, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; New Orleans, LA; Norfolk, VA; and Osceola, AR. The yearlong Community of Practice provides municipal leaders a proven, comprehensive and coordinated framework for improving health outcomes through housing, as well as abundant resources and hands-on support from NLC, an organization with nearly a century of expertise in this area.
The goal for the City’s engagement in this Community of Practice is to identify baseline data, measurable outcomes and achievable initiatives for improving the health of Norfolk residents through housing interventions. Primary participants include the Departments of Housing and Community Development, Neighborhood Services, Human Services and Public Health as well as Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The Healthy Housing Community Practice, an initiative of NLC’s Institute for Youth Education and Families, provides expert assistance to help municipal teams make changes—centered in equity—to policies, practices, systems and structures that impact home-based health for children and adults, such as lead and asthma triggers.