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Healthy Community Change, All Day Every Day

By Sarah Strunk on July 29th, 2015

By day we’re known as Active Living By Design, a multidisciplinary and cohesive team that is committed to creating healthy communities for everyone. But our passion for healthy community change doesn’t end with the work day. On any given night or weekend, you can also find at least one of us volunteering in our own […]

Look for Mature Leaders to Help Grow Others

By Rich Bell on July 22nd, 2015

The healthy communities movement has high aspirations. We want inclusive, multidisciplinary partnerships. We want real, ongoing engagement of struggling residents in low-income neighborhoods. We want shared priorities and measures of success. We want bold, innovative experiments and careful plans. We want data-driven change, policy and environmental change, sustainable and scalable change. We want equity and […]

Using Collective Impact to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Considerations from a National Convening

By Risa Wilkerson on July 15th, 2015

About 1,700 people met in San Diego, CA, two weeks ago with one thing in mind: eliminating childhood obesity in the United States. Yes, it’s about children’s health—and so much more. Obesity is not only linked to many chronic diseases and illnesses, but is also associated with social and emotional challenges such as bullying and depression. […]

Strengthen Your Collaborative Efforts with these Nine Resources

By Tim Schwantes on July 8th, 2015

LiveWell Greenville is an example of a successful collaborative effort to improve the overall health of its region in South Carolina. In the Indian folk tale “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” each man touches a different part of an elephant and confidently tries to convince the other men that they know what they have […]

Pucks and Partnerships: Learning Lessons from an Unexpected Place

By Joanne Lee on July 1st, 2015

When I reflect on what makes healthy community partnerships successful, sports analogies often spring to mind. Common comparisons reference sports like football and baseball, in which the efforts of a team rely upon key positions such as a quarterback or pitcher. While the appropriate model certainly depends upon the context of the game or community, […]