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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 ...

Sep
07

Four Things We Learned from Evaluating Our Impact

As an essential practice in Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s Community Action Model, we often talk about cultivating a Culture of Learning. And as ALBD’s evaluation specialist, helping our ...

Aug
30

Creating Safe, Active, and Healthy Communities Through Walkability

At America Walks, we know that the benefits of walking extend well beyond health. Everything from familial relationships and community engagement to local economies and environments improve ...

Aug
23

Monuments to Racism Undermine Community Health

Recent events in Charlottesville, VA have sent us reeling. At Active Living By Design, we believe that health and well-being are essential human rights, and we know that the connections ...

Aug
16

Is Facilitative Leadership an Art or an Ordeal?

If you’re a changemaker who is committed to community engagement as an essential practice for advancing health equity and addressing complex problems, you are undoubtedly drawn to ...

Jul
26

Building a Culture of Health through Collaborative Learning

It is impossible to achieve and sustain a Culture of Health without practicing a Culture of Learning. The complexities of the community transformation process require us to ...

Jul
20

The Unexpected Way Organizations Exploit Vulnerable People

Imagine this scenario: you’re part of a group of summer interns working on healthy community projects, each with a specific focus that requires a deep understanding of the local context ...

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