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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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3.29.22

Increasing Social Connectedness in Rural Settings

As part of an ongoing virtual learning network series, we recently hosted a conversation with local leaders to discuss rural strategies for social connections. On this particular call, people working in rural areas across many different communities discussed how they address rural isolation and shared ideas to create more connectedness.

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3.29.22

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Brian Archie – Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative

Check out our latest blog featuring one of six community conveners across the state of New York. Learn the story of how this community came together to create healthy opportunities for its residents.

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3.23.22

The Power of Narrative: Bringing People Together to Advance Equity with Jonathan Heller

As our nation continues to face multiple existential threats – including the pandemic, systemic racism, and civil unrest – we have seen people become divided. In these times when we need to harness cooperative action to solve big issues, what can we do to overcome current polarization?

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3.9.22

Facilitating a Learning Network with Humans

The last two years have been all about “pivoting.” And now we should use this time for “pausing.” Let’s assess what we’re asking of each other before we rush to get back out in the community. How are you bringing more humanity into your work, and not just checking boxes?

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2.28.22

Investing in Health: A Conversation with Chadwick Roberson

You may not know – our full team includes an amazing advisory board! They provide counsel, support, and diverse perspectives to help us think creatively. In our latest blog, hear from our newest board member, Chadwick Roberson, about his experiences and connection to our mission—about how and why he invests in health.

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1.26.22

Introducing: Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities

In 2021, the New York State Health Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative grant program came to its official end, but not without leaving an important imprint on six conveners and their communities. Over the coming weeks, we will feature these local leaders on our blog.

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1.4.22

A Message of Hope for 2022

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11.17.21

Traditions make us—but let’s not let them break us: How reexamining our rituals can make stronger families and communities

Big meals, family gatherings, tip toeing around certain topics…the holiday season is upon us! Do you know all the origin stories around the rituals and traditions you share in your family? What about the rituals and traditions in your community? It might be time to think about the purpose of why we do the things we do.

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11.10.21

Our Shared Humanity Is the Foundation for Cohesive, Resilient, and Equitable Communities

We must strengthen our social fabric using a shared humanity approach if we want to create sustained and equitable community change. Our colleague Olivia Little shares three diverse community examples that illustrate how this can be done.

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10.20.21

Creating Health and Equity in Rural Communities

Read this blog to learn about rural health and equity challenges, opportunities, and three promising examples for advancing social connection, physical activity spaces, and access to food and nutrition security.

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9.29.21

Creating Global Strategies for Social Connections: A Conversation with Edward Garcia

How do we link global strategies to create a socially connected world? Our Executive Director, Risa Wilkerson, recently spoke with Eddie Garcia, a partner at Healthsperien, about ways we can weave together local, state, national, and global efforts for social wellbeing.

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9.23.21

Planting and nourishing the seeds for change: HCCC teams are excelling at community engagement and spurring multisector partnership gains

Note: This article is cross-posted on APHA’s Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Communities4Health blog and Healthy Places by Design’s blog.

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