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Three Ways to Become a Covert Health Champion

By Phil Bors on April 28th, 2014

The intersection of Conkey Ave. and Clifford Ave., in Rochester, NY, has long held a reputation as an open-air drug market. It was not unusual to see drug dealers on all four corners selling to buyers coming from throughout the region. The neighborhood’s bold response? Build a playground and greenway on that spot and activate […]

Community-Owned Government: A Lost Ideal or Achievable Goal?

By Joanne Lee on April 21st, 2014

“…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln I’ve often reflected on the ideals in this famous quote by Abraham Lincoln and pondered on its relevance to our collective work in creating healthy communities. More specifically, I’ve wondered about the role of local government in […]

Open Use Policy Provides 210 Acres of Playground and Green Space in Chattanooga/Hamilton County

By Fay Gibson on April 20th, 2014

What happens when a community partnership embraces its power? Can community-driven change really lead to broad scale policy change? When I think about the recent success of the HKHC East Chattanooga Leadership Council’s efforts to increase places for children in their neighborhood to be physically active, I am reminded of the phrase “Faith is the […]

What’s growing under the numbers?

By Rich Bell on April 5th, 2014

“Not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein The release of the 2014 County Health Rankings last week and the expansion of its model and measures underscore the many ways our communities determine our health, the persistence of place-based inequality, and the comprehensive nature of our work to improve health and equity. Many […]