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Feb
14

When “Community Engagement” Becomes a Roadblock

The understanding of community engagement in our field has matured from decision-making informed by residents—like information gathering (surveys), time-limited dialogue (key informant interviews),…

Jan
31

Open the Gates You Keep

I often hear colleagues lament the indifference, resistance—or outright opposition—among gatekeepers to directly take on social, health, and racial inequity in communities. These…

Jan
24

An Equity Conversation with Cornell Wright

The North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NC OMHHD), established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1992 and part…

Jan
18

New Year, Renewed Focus: A Sneak Peek at What’s Ahead

This week began with two opportunities to collectively pause and reflect on equity: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of…

Dec
13

Consider Yourself a Community Healer

“How many of you are ministers?” the speaker asked. Years ago at a spiritual growth retreat, I kept my hand down. I wasn’t…

Dec
07

Six Reasons to Believe in Government

We often hear that public confidence in government is at an all-time low. According to 60 years of public polling, the American people…

Nov
30

Three Lessons in Communication

As we finish the last of Thanksgiving leftovers, many of us are reflecting on the conversations that we had and didn’t have over…

Nov
15

Limitless Thinking for New Solutions

Limitless. That was TEDMED 2017’s theme this month. Many of the talks were introduced with “what if” statements. “What if electricity were medicine?”…

Nov
08

Home Outside the Comfort Zone

When I moved from Hawai’i to North Carolina, I thought of it as an adventure. I was in my 30s and eager to…

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…

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…

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