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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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Jul
12

Put Race at the Center to Improve Health

Racism impacts our health and well-being. This is something we don’t say often enough, despite the fact that people of color still have…

Jun
28

Partnerships Focus on Social Determinants of Health and Help Build a New Social Contract

Of the many wicked problems in communities, institutions, and government, virtually all of them are rooted in histories of broken connections, damaged trust…

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’…

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…

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