Building Public Infrastructure to Improve Health Equity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Improving Access to Public Goods

Public infrastructure is composed of essential public goods that have a profound impact on health and wellbeing. These public goods—including water utilities, electric/solar utilities, broadband, transportation, and public spaces—are integral to the maintenance of a community. Communities depend upon these services for stability, connectivity, and access to resources and economic opportunities. However, low-income communities and communities of color have disproportionately poor access to these public goods. We worked with RWJF to develop a strategy for learning more about these issues to facilitate sound investments that promote increased health in these communities.