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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 ...

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 ...

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
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 ...

Dec
08

How Nonprofits Can Thrive In a Post-Fact World

If a fact exists in a forest and no one is there to believe it, is it still true? You’ve probably heard by now that we’re living in a “post-fact” ...

Aug
31

How Power Embedded in English Can Undermine Your Work

Ownership, power, and violence are embedded in the English language. From possessive grammar to catchphrases with violent metaphors, how we communicate about our work can subtly undermine our best ...

Aug
10

Three Lessons My Neighbor Taught Me About Strategic Communication

A recent conversation with a neighbor taught me a few things about understanding. She and I usually disagree about almost everything—from politics to the meaning of life—but after two hours ...

Jun
29

Deeper Lessons to Be Found in Latest Obesity Trends

Two new reports[1] [2]  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), show that the ...

May
25

These Two Pastors Became Believers—In Young People

The Reverends Richard Joyner and Jeffrey Brown reached turning points in their careers when they realized that the early, preventable deaths in their communities—due primarily to poor nutrition or violent ...

Jan
27

Advance Your Work by Telling Stories

When nonprofit and community leaders share our progress in creating healthy community change, we use data and stories as our primary tools. We rely on data to track changes, discover ...

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