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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Feb
01

Community Progress Lies Beyond Your Comfort Zone

As I reflect on 2016 (which all of a sudden seems like another lifetime ago) and the lessons it offered about how polarized and allegedly divided our country is, I’m ...

Aug
24

Improve Your Message By Asking Questions—Especially These Questions

Healthy community leaders are constantly aiming to create demand and support for specific changes, and it can be tempting to use traditional health messaging, with its jargon and dense data ...

Jul
27

One Foundation’s Culture of Learning Enriches a Region

I was recently at a conference with a nationally-recognizable keynote speaker who I had heard a few times over the past few years. I looked forward to hearing new stories, ...

May
18

Authentic Community Engagement Requires Vulnerability

When was the last time you were disarmed and uncomfortable in a professional setting, and stayed in that place longer than usual for the greater good? In order to create ...

Oct
28

Accidental Systems Change

Policy, systems and environmental change (or PSE change for short) is a phrase we talk about a lot in our work with communities. If we’re introducing the concept for the ...

Aug
26

Good Food Is Essential to Good Learning

It's that time of year again. Summer vacation is over, and whether they like it or not, kids all over the U.S. are going back to school. "Back to school" ...

Jul
08

Strengthen Your Collaborative Efforts with these Nine Resources

LiveWell Greenville is an example of a successful collaborative effort to improve the overall health of its region in South Carolina. In the Indian folk tale “The Blind Men and the ...

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