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Socially Connected Communities

By: Risa Wilkerson | March 4th, 2021

Social isolation is not a personal choice or individual problem, but one that is rooted in community design, social norms, and systemic injustices. We must reshape our communities in ways that support meaningful social connection among residents, improve trust between neighbors, and strengthen an overall sense of belonging and community connection. Find resources and action steps you can take here.

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8.11.22

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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7.25.22

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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7.13.22

Service, Community, and Partnership

As his time as Chair of our Advisory Board comes to an end, Niiobli Armah IV reflects on his 13-year relationship with Healthy Places by Design, lessons learned, and continued opportunities. Read more from Niiobli in our latest blog.

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6.8.22

How Two Funders Support Socially Connected Communities

As part of an ongoing virtual learning network series, we recently hosted a conversation with local leaders to learn how funders embed social wellbeing into their work. Read this blog for a summary of the conversation.

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6.8.22

Addressing Root Causes of Health Equity Through a Network of Food Banks

We are pleased to be in partnership with Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies that addresses hunger as part of a more comprehensive goal for health equity. Read our latest blog to learn more about their Health Equity Training and how Feeding America’s network of partners are prioritizing health equity.

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5.18.22

Creating Great Places: A Conversation with Amanda O’Rourke

Our newest board member, Amanda O’Rourke, is passionate about transforming cities into great places for all people of all ages. In this interview with Risa Wilkerson, she describes how her childhood inspired her career, how listening to youth and older adults helped her check her biases, and much more.

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5.3.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Linda Bryant- Project EATS

With the help of New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, Project EATS is creating opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn while growing organic produce.

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4.26.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Leah Russell – Syracuse Peacemaking Project, Center for Court Innovation

Learn how the Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, improved access to healthy food in Syracuse, New York.

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4.19.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Arlen Zamula and Caitlin Falvey – Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, organizations in East Harlem were able to get funded during the pandemic. Read more in this blog.

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4.12.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Mandy Snay – Clinton County Health Department

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, this health department in Clinton County, New York invested in partners throughout the county. As a result community residents became advocates making an impact.

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4.5.22

Three Ways Public Libraries Support Socially Connected Communities

You may be surprised to learn that libraries—and librarians—play an expansive role in building community and supporting health that goes well beyond their well-earned reputation for providing access to information. Read our latest blog from guest author, Noah Lenstra, for more.

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4.5.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Jennifer Vallone & Michele Rodriguez – University Settlement

In our latest blog, we highlight another one of six community conveners working with the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative across the state of New York. Find out how these conveners worked to create a community more educated about healthy eating.

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