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A Little Policy for Not-So-Little Change

By Tim Schwantes on February 25th, 2015

“Policy change” can seem intimidating and hard to achieve. Some folks feel like policy issues should be left to political officials, administrators or scholars, while others who are seeking change may feel powerless against the challenge of navigating complex systems. But what if we reframe how we think about policy change? “Little p” policy changes, […]

Less Fluff, Healthier Stuff: Adopt Healthy Vending Policies

By Mary Beth Powell on February 18th, 2015

I recently had the privilege of attending the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)’s kick-off meeting to announce its new $500 million investment to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. This investment will focus on changing policies in school and community environments through 2025 by supporting research, action and advocacy strategies. In 2007, […]

Perspectives on the Power of Policy for Health

By Sarah Strunk on February 11th, 2015

She’s a Boomer, he’s a Millennial. She was born and raised in rural Robeson County, NC; he grew up in Southwest Houston, TX. She’s a Lumbee Indian, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River, and he identifies deeply with his Ghanaian, West African culture. Both have close ties to their families and communities, share […]

Looking Back to Move Forward

By Fay Gibson on February 4th, 2015

This year, Martin Luther King Day fell on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and after months of nationwide protest over police killings of unarmed black men and boys. The simultaneous release of Selma, a film about the grassroots organizing and strategic planning of events that led up to the march in support […]