Case Study

Planning for Medical Districts: A Case Study Series

The National Resource Network’s experience working with communities across the country and our research to produce our latest publication - Striking a (Local) Grand Bargain – shows that municipalities and their anchor institutions can substantially increase community stability, economic competitiveness, and health outcomes when they jointly establish a shared long-term community vision and coordinate policy and investments. For cities with large anchor medical institutions, successful health districts integrate medical facilities into mixed-use neighborhoods to support economic, social, and community health goals.

Through our 311 for Cities technical assistance program, the Network provided in-depth case studies examining similar health district efforts to help a city understand the scope and key elements a health district should include, as well as the potential impacts. Those case studies are available on this page; you can read more about key takeaways from our research on the Network blog here.