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Dec
13

Consider Yourself a Community Healer

“How many of you are ministers?” the speaker asked. Years ago at a spiritual growth retreat, I kept my hand down. I wasn’t trained to lead congregations. He went on ...

Dec
07

Six Reasons to Believe in Government

We often hear that public confidence in government is at an all-time low. According to 60 years of public polling, the American people have an increasingly unfavorable view of government. ...

Nov
30

Three Lessons in Communication

As we finish the last of Thanksgiving leftovers, many of us are reflecting on the conversations that we had and didn’t have over the holiday. For the first time in ...

Nov
15

Limitless Thinking for New Solutions

Limitless. That was TEDMED 2017’s theme this month. Many of the talks were introduced with “what if” statements. “What if electricity were medicine?” “What if we could detect ...

Nov
08

Home Outside the Comfort Zone

When I moved from Hawai’i to North Carolina, I thought of it as an adventure. I was in my 30s and eager to experience new things professionally and personally. Back ...

Oct
25

It’s Not About the Horseshoes

A few months ago I joined members of the Alamance Wellness Collaborative, a county-wide coalition that Active Living By Design supports, on visits to sites around Alamance County, NC. I ...

Oct
18

Building Effective Coalitions for Racial Equity

Last month, a group of around 500 people and I participated in a webinar covering the launch of the fearlessly groundbreaking Walking Towards Justice Series. It was organized by America ...

Oct
04

Oregon Community Addresses Homelessness to Improve Community Health

Quality housing is essential for health and well-being. As the public health community has broadened its understanding and recognition of the social determinants of health (SDOH), affordable housing has become ...

Sep
20

To Reduce Impact of Natural Disasters, Strengthen Social Ties

Layered deeply in the process of healthy community work, so integral they can be overlooked, are two key factors that impact our ability to survive and thrive: trusting relationships and ...

Sep
13

Community Health and Climate Change: Local Strategies Can Address Both

The American Public Health Association (APHA) declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. And, fittingly, September was designated Extreme Weather Month. As Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and South ...

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