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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…

Jun
01

Health Equity: When Good Intentions Aren’t Good Enough

I recently completed many years of service as a board member for a local nonprofit that improves the lives of girls and young…

May
24

Programs as Community Ministries

“Time- and resource-intensive.” “Unsustainable.” “Limited to individual responsibility.” These phrases have been used to describe concerns about programmatic strategies for improving population health,…

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 and…

Apr
26

How I Benefited from Unfair Housing

Fighting American Nationals picket in front of CORE (Congress of Racial Equity) protesters who were demanding Levitt & Sons to open the Belair…

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