Social connectedness

Reduced social isolation = better health

If you invest in or guide local change makers, let us help you decrease social isolation as part of your broader strategy to equitably improve community-level health and wellbeing.

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Collaboration Lab

Community-level power-building

Activate the capacity of the leaders in your community, traditional and emergent, to powerfully and elegantly work together toward positive systems-level change.

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What we do

Facilitate community-led change

We work with funders, local leaders, and residents in highly attuned ways to facilitate community-designed, community-led strategies to equitably improve local health and wellbeing.

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Our mission is to advance community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and wellbeing for all.

We are strategic partners for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions of health equity into lasting impact. At local, state, and national scales, we connect community leaders with inspiring success stories, lessons learned, and each other to deepen their capacity as changemakers. Drawing on our experience supporting hundreds of community partnerships, we strengthen assets and enhance efforts to grow an enduring culture of health and wellbeing.

Featured Writings

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Local nonprofits receive $50,000 investment to help create equitable, age-inclusive spaces

Investments from John Hancock, supported by the City of Boston, AARP Massachusetts, UMass Boston, and Healthy Places by Design strengthen local resident-led action.

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More Great Examples of Committed Leaders Addressing Systemic Social Isolation

Social isolation requires public health practitioners and other local leaders to work across disciplines and beyond traditional comfort zones to help reconnect communities for the good of the people who live in them. Read more in our blog.

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Community Achievements Mark Wrap-Up of Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

Note: This article is cross-posted on APHA’s Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Communities4Health blog and Healthy Places by Design’s blog.

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From Honolulu to NYC, Intergenerational Strategies Are Tackling Social Isolation

Intergenerational strategies pack a multiplier effect when it comes to building socially connected communities. Read highlights from our recent discussion with local leaders who are deeply engaged in creating intergenerational connections in their communities.

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In Solidarity: Community Support for Health Equity

In Solidarity is a new resource offered by our longstanding partners at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Read our latest blog to learn more about how this podcast fulfills a unique niche and will help anyone engaged in community health equity efforts.

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Why We Joined the Fight Against Tobacco Inequities

Engaging people most impacted by an issue is vital for effective community solutions. This blog features the work of Black-led organizations that are charting a courageous path by reducing tobacco disparities in the Mississippi Delta and beyond.

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Measuring Social Connectedness in Local Communities

Interesting, innovative new models are emerging nationwide for measuring the degree to which community members are connected or disconnected from one another. Read highlights from our recent discussion on measuring social connectedness.

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How Fiscal Sponsorship Advances Social Justice

We recently spoke with Asta Petkeviciute, Chief Financial Officer for Social Impact Commons, about the parallels between the fiscal sponsorship community and the mission of nonprofits, especially those focused on social justice. Read more in our latest blog.

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