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Creating Safe, Active, and Healthy Communities Through Walkability

By America Walks on August 30th, 2017

At America Walks, we know that the benefits of walking extend well beyond health. Everything from familial relationships and community engagement to local economies and environments improve when communities are walkable. America Walks has supported local walking champions for twenty years, helping to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active […]

Monuments to Racism Undermine Community Health

By Phil Bors on August 23rd, 2017

Recent events in Charlottesville, VA have sent us reeling. At Active Living By Design (now Healthy Places by Design), we believe that health and wellbeing are essential human rights, and we know that the connections between race, racism, and poor health are well established. As Danielle Sherman expressed in her recent blog, racism and racial […]

Is Facilitative Leadership an Art or an Ordeal?

By Rich Bell on August 16th, 2017

If you’re a changemaker who is committed to community engagement as an essential practice for advancing health equity and addressing complex problems, you are undoubtedly drawn to facilitative leadership. After all, you’re dealing with the failures of inflexible, hierarchical, and overly-specialized systems in order to solve these problems. And who wouldn’t support leaders who listen, […]