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Oct
04

Oregon Community Addresses Homelessness to Improve Community Health

Quality housing is essential for health and well-being. As the public health community has broadened its understanding and recognition of the social determinants of health (SDOH), affordable housing has become ...

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 economies and environments improve ...

Apr
20

Achieving Health Equity Means Including People with Disabilities

There are several definitions of “health equity,” but most would agree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) definition, which states that “Health equity is achieved when every ...

Apr
03

Street Harassment Is an Overlooked Barrier to Walking, Biking, and Physical Activity

Everyone should have the opportunity to walk, bike, and be physically active in their community. When we talk about barriers to walking and biking, we often think about elements of ...

Oct
13

Measuring Walking Access to Parks

The US Surgeon General’s 2015 report Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities notes that just 22 minutes a day of physical ...

Sep
29

Commemorating the Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

In September 2015, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy launched Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Call ...

Jun
22

Seeing a System of Health Equity Through Community Engagement

When explaining the power of community engagement to reveal and address the invisible causes of health inequities, I draw on my Chinese-American culture and use the metaphor of a bowl. ...

Mar
04

A Rural County Finds Unity in Diversity

I recently had the opportunity to listen in on a presentation by religious scholar and author Andrew Harvey. In his presentation, he shared a quote that resonated with me. He ...

Dec
16

Building a Movement for a Culture of Health

At one time or another, almost all of us pledge to be healthier. Eat better, exercise regularly or sleep more. But as we all know, sustaining these efforts over the ...

Sep
30

Propelling the Movement for Change

Reflections from Voices for Healthy Kids As advocates, each year we look with hope for new statistics that may show us more signs of progress in the obesity epidemic. Some good ...

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