The inaugural 2016 National Funding Resources and Training Summit to Revitalize Vulnerable Communities brought together a  diverse range  of  stakeholders  and sectors to provide participants with a  wide array of  best practices, networks,  resources, tools and techniques  to build  healthy, sustainable and economically thriving  communities.

The Summit sought to  foster  the building of long‐lasting, collaborative partnerships and expand the collective capacity to support our  most vulnerable communities on their journey of moving from “Surviving to Thriving.” The Summit sounded a call to action to shift paradigms and rewrite the false narratives that say  investing in these communities doesn’t make sense  and doesn’t yield positive results.

Communities, when given the opportunities, tools, and resources, can speak  for themselves and move  from surviving to  thriving creating positive economic  change, reducing negative environmental exposures and improving health  outcomes.


Recommendations and Next Steps

  • Next step conference calls per Tracks
  • Educational webinars throughout 2017
  • Potential regional Summit discussions