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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 ...

Mar
29

Culture Change Happens Up Close

I spend a lot of my time trying to convince foundations and coalitions that authentic community engagement is the best way to work toward health equity. I mean the kind ...

Mar
23

It’s Spring. Don’t Just #FindYourPark—Defend Parks for Others

I was a “free-range” kid before that term existed. In the rural Southeast, neighbors’ homes lay miles beyond pastures and tracts of forest. I was a serial trespasser on other ...

Mar
15

Sustainable Thinking: Destination or a State of Being?

When we think about sustaining healthy community change, it can feel a bit like running on a treadmill. It’s hard and, no matter how high we turn up the speed, ...

Mar
08

How Changing Your Writing Style Can Improve Community Engagement

I once knew a guy who couldn’t smell. Anything. At all. And because scent is invisible, his inability to detect it was also invisible. So despite the fact that his ...

Feb
23

Bringing a Health Equity Focus and Facilitative Leadership Practices to Advocacy Efforts

Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s Community Action Model includes six Essential Practices that are critical for creating meaningful and sustained community change. Based on my professional and personal experiences, I ...

Feb
16

A Conversation with Natalie S. Burke about Facilitative Leadership

Some people leave a lasting impression. They live beyond their comfort zones, their vulnerability reminding you that if you don’t try, you almost certainly will fail. They speak their truth ...

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