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We are excited to release a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on Project HEAL (Health. Equity. Art. Learning.) - the HIA is the first-of-its-kind conducted on an arts and culture focused population health program in the U.S. 

The Health Impact Assessment was authored by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, IDEAS xLab, and the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, with additional support from the Health Impact Project - a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with funding from the Kresge Foundation.

Through the HIA, we look at how our replicable arts and culture model provides a framework for rigorously and scientifically assessing in what ways (and why) Project HEAL’s community-wide approach may: 

  1. Decrease social isolation and improve social cohesion and civic engagement.
  2. Create policy changes that positively impact health equity. 
  3. Increase opportunities for building inclusive economies through social/cultural entrepreneurship.
  4. Increase opportunities for improving social emotional skills in youth.
  5. Improve wellbeing of communities experiencing chronic stress.
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About IDEAS xLab and Project HEAL

IDEAS xLab is an artist innovation group with a single driving philosophy: Health is culturally created. Over the past 5 years, IDEAS xLab has created over 80 artist residency projects with artists from more than 8 states and 6 countries. IDEAS xLab uses culture as a catalyst for building healthier communities and inclusive economies where everyone has chance to thrive based on their abilities.

Project HEAL (Health. Equity. Art. Learning.) is IDEAS xLab's signature program - a cultural blueprint for creative, just, healthy communities and a model that could potentially be replicated across America. After prototyping Project HEAL in Louisville (KY) and Natchez (MS), IDEAS xLab, its network of partners and the Center for Art + Health Innovation (CAHI) -- a research partnership between IDEAS xLab and the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky at the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences -- are now raising funds to expand Project HEAL into a groundbreaking, 7-site pilot at the intersection of arts, community development and health.

About the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (SF Fed) promotes low inflation, full employment and financial stability and serves the Twelfth Federal Reserve District, which includes the nine western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—plus American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SF Fed’s community development team works with a wide range of organizations to create economic opportunity for lower income Americans by developing and connecting best practices and emerging ideas with organizations positioned to make meaningful change in communities. For more on the SF Fed, go to www.frbsf.org and follow us on Twitter at @sffed. 

About Health Impact Project
Health Impact Project is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to reduce health inequities and improve the health of all people by ensuring that health is a valued and routine consideration in decisions affecting them. More information can be found at www.healthimpactproject.org

About Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Our vision is for a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community can thrive. We promote health and wellness; prevent disease, illness and injury; and protect the health and safety of Louisville's residents and visitors.  Learn more at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/health-wellness.