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Jun
21

America’s Obsession with Individualism Is Making Us Sick

Developing upstream solutions to social problems is more effective than scrambling to apply reactive remedies downstream. Whether you call it prevention or “nippin’ it in the bud,” looking upstream leads ...

Jun
14

Good Neighbors Address Rural Health Disparities

I grew up in southern Michigan near a small town with only a thousand people. I lived in the “country.” That’s what we called anything outside of the one-square-mile town ...

Jun
01

Health Equity: When Good Intentions Aren’t Good Enough

I recently completed many years of service as a board member for a local nonprofit that improves the lives of girls and young women. I loved it and felt we ...

May
24

Programs as Community Ministries

“Time- and resource-intensive.” “Unsustainable.” “Limited to individual responsibility.” These phrases have been used to describe concerns about programmatic strategies for improving population health, particularly when public health began emphasizing policy, ...

May
11

Preventive Health Care through Community Cohesion

I recently watched “Resilience,” which talks about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. The combination of having a high ACE score ...

Apr
26

How I Benefited from Unfair Housing

Fighting American Nationals picket in front of CORE (Congress of Racial Equity) protesters who were demanding Levitt & Sons to open the Belair subdivision in Bowie, MD, to African Americans. ...

Apr
20

Achieving Health Equity Means Including People with Disabilities

There are several definitions of “health equity,” but most would agree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition, which states that “Health equity is achieved when every ...

Apr
17

Talking Cities, Lived Experiences, and Movement-Making

One of the many privileges of being part of the Active Living By Design (ALBD) team is forming long-standing relationships with community partners, learning from their experiences, and celebrating their ...

Apr
13

Why Well-Being for Each of Us is Well-Being for All of Us

In an atmosphere of protecting our “benefits,” we act in ways that are self-serving on the surface, yet don’t result in the long-term benefits that we think they do. Consider ...

Apr
03

Street Harassment Is an Overlooked Barrier to Walking, Biking, and Physical Activity

Everyone should have the opportunity to walk, bike, and be physically active in their community. When we talk about barriers to walking and biking, we often think about elements of ...

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