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Apr
04

Meaningful Connections in a Virtual World

Active Living By Design is in the process of transitioning to a more virtual work environment, and it’s making us ask how we can continue to cultivate organic conversations and ...

Mar
28

At the Intersection of Equity and Parks

A Conversation with the National Recreation and Park Association As Active Living By Design advances community-led action to ensure health and wellbeing for all, one of the proven, place-based strategies we ...

Mar
19

Imagine Such a Place

"Imagine a place where everyone has a fair and just chance to lead the healthiest life possible—communities with high quality schools, good paying jobs, access to healthy foods and quality ...

Mar
01

Facilitative Leadership Really Does Work

The Health Legacy Collaborative Learning Circle (HLCLC) Project It’s rare that nonprofit staff have an opportunity to experience the inner workings of a healthcare foundation, let alone four of them. So ...

Feb
21

Empowered Learning

When we’re all teachers, everyone learns. Accelerating health equity, addressing social determinants of health, and advancing community-led action are built on individual and organizational exchanges that require two-way interaction. These exchanges ...

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), and tokenism (one resident “spokesperson” on a ...

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 gatekeepers include legislators, mayors, school board members, ...

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 of the North Carolina ...

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 Racial Healing. During a time ...

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