Blog Archives

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 […]

Design Inclusive Public Spaces to Strengthen Social Connections

By Risa Wilkerson on March 23rd, 2021

People living in socially connected communities are more likely to thrive because they feel safe, welcome, and trust each other and their government. Trusting, meaningful relationships enhance our mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being. In fact, strong social connections and networks can boost a person’s lifespan by 50 percent.1 Imagine a socially connected community […]

Community Health Workers Are Essential for Equitable, Thriving Communities

By Joanne Lee on March 10th, 2021

CHWs typically share the culture, language, socioeconomic status, and life experiences with the community members they serve.

New Report: Socially Connected Communities

By Risa Wilkerson on March 4th, 2021

This report reframes social isolation as a systemic, rather than individual, problem and offers five recommendations for creating more socially connected communities.

Equitable Processes Lead to More Equitable Outcomes

By Phil Bors on February 17th, 2021

A roundup of resources that help practitioners and community leaders ensure that community change processes are equitable and therefore more likely to result in equitable outcomes.

Socially Connected Communities: Solutions to Social Isolation

By Risa Wilkerson on February 10th, 2021

Announcing our upcoming report, Socially Connected Communities: Solutions to Social Isolation

A Conversation with Brayhan Reveles

By Sarah Strunk on December 9th, 2020

Inspired by his mom, this young leader is working to transform Leadville, CO

Una Conversación con Brayhan Reveles

By Sarah Strunk on December 9th, 2020

Inspirado por su madre, un líder joven trabajando en trasformar a Leadville, CO