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

By Tim Schwantes on November 17th, 2021

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.

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

By Olivia Little on November 10th, 2021

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.

Creating Health and Equity in Rural Communities

By Phil Bors on October 20th, 2021

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.

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

By Risa Wilkerson on September 29th, 2021

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.

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

By Phil Bors and Brittany Perrotte on September 23rd, 2021

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

Advancing Equity by Breaking Down Data in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Populations

By Joanne Lee on August 18th, 2021

Note: This interview was originally featured on County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ County-by-County blog. If you’ve participated in our national webinars, you’ve likely met our discussion group facilitator and producer, Joanne Lee. Lee is also the Collaborative Learning Director at Healthy Places by Design where she provides strategic coaching and assistance to those supporting sustainable […]

Reflections on the Adventures of Leadership: An Interview with Risa Wilkerson

By Sarah Strunk on August 11th, 2021

In her final blog, author Sarah Strunk reflects on her time at Healthy Places by Design with long-time friend, colleague, and inspirer, Risa Wilkerson. Read on to hear some of Risa’s thoughts on leadership and the work ahead, as well as a few fun facts about her current life as a digital nomad.

Supportive Housing Environments Build Community

By Risa Wilkerson on July 28th, 2021

Housing environments not only affect health and safety, but also create opportunities for connection with neighbors and community members.

Robert David on Collaboration versus Partnership

By Tim Schwantes on July 14th, 2021

In true collaboration you should feel just as much of the warmth from the sun as any other partner.

A Model for Successful Engagement and Support through Virtual Connections

By Joanne Lee on June 23rd, 2021

Virtual platforms have become a lifeline for many during the COVID-19 pandemic to disseminate timely information and resources, and stay connected with partners. Since 2012, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) has been a national leader in utilizing virtual connections to support community leaders and practitioners across the country. Their monthly webinars remain one of […]