311 for Cities: Case Studies to Plan for Medical Districts

How To, Guide, or Manual National Resource Network Lancaster, California October 1, 2015 Economic Development

The National Resource Network’s experience working with communities across the country and our research to produce 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 to the City of Lancaster, California, 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 here; you can read more about key takeaways from our research on the Network blog here.

*311 for Cities launched with the Network in 2014 and was available to more than six hundred cities. Local government staff in these communities could submit a request on any challenge they were facing and the Network team would develop a three to five page response that would highlight recent research, relevant case studies, and best practices. The Network no longer offers 311 for Cities; please contact us at info@nationalresourcenetwork.org if you think we can be of help to your community.

311 for Cities: Case Studies to Plan for Medical Districts