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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 […]

Communities Rising to the Challenge: Coming Together, Reflecting on an Uncertain Year

By Phil Bors and Arianne Noorestani on June 16th, 2021

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

Prioritize Social Connections in Transportation Systems

By Risa Wilkerson on May 5th, 2021

Our transportation system can help to initiate conversations and strengthen social connections. Read our latest blog for three ideas you can use.

A Fresh Start for Mid 2021 (or New Year’s Resolution for Procrastinators)

By Tim Schwantes on April 22nd, 2021

I’m writing this today, more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, from my kitchen table. Otherwise known as my office. Otherwise known as my son’s school desk. Within an arm’s reach are notes from a recent meeting, Legos, and a mostly finished bowl of cereal. No wonder I’m easily distracted. This is not an […]

Advancing Equity in Communities: A Conversation with Kitty Hsu Dana

By Sarah Strunk on April 16th, 2021

Her commitment to health equity was born in New York City, where she emigrated from Taiwan as an eight-year-old, then honed through leadership roles in mission-focused organizations, such as Planned Parenthood of Maryland, the American Public Health Association, American Friends Service Committee, and United Way Worldwide. Today, as a health strategist, dot-connector, and Senior Health […]