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Are You Saying What You Mean?

By Daijah Street Davis on December 12th, 2018

In early October, I attended a Racial, Equity, and Inclusion training hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation and facilitated by the CommonHealth ACTION team. Among many valuable insights, I was most impacted by the training’s attention to language. Natalie Burke, CommonHealth ACTION’s President and CEO, worked with the rest of her team […]

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps National Program Director Discusses Collaboration’s Value

By Sarah Strunk on December 5th, 2018

Launched in 2009, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) has become a game changer for communities across the country as they collaborate to build a culture of health. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are partnering through CHR&R to provide data, evidence, guidance, and examples to […]

Six Community Leaders Share Insights from Decades of Collaboration

By Joanne Lee on November 27th, 2018

When asked about unexpected aspects of collaboration that they’ve learned, they discussed power and disruption, sustainability, collective impact, skill and capacity building, and trust.

Three Tips for Hyper-Local Community Engagement

By Tim Schwantes on November 15th, 2018

Earlier this fall, on a whim, I emailed the families who live in the eight houses nearest to mine and invited them to an informal block party. My expectations were low (to match my planning). But what happened was a real-life version of the stone soup story, and I’m reflecting on the good that came […]

How One Organization Put Its Values into Action

By Sarah Moore on October 24th, 2018

What happened when an organization’s values were tested just days before its signature annual conference.

Inclusion Includes You, Too

By Phil Bors on October 11th, 2018

Many of us working in nonprofits and government agencies wholeheartedly believe in residents’ inclusion in our work. However, we sometimes miss opportunities or shy away from using our influence in places where we are residents.

Navigating Change and Accelerating Promising Practices

By Sarah Strunk on September 26th, 2018

It’s rare that nonprofit staff have an opportunity to experience the inner workings of a healthcare foundation, let alone four of them. Healthy Places by Design had a unique opportunity to partner with staff from several health legacy foundations that compose the Health Legacy Collaborative Learning Circle (HLCLC).

Q&A with Camille McGirt of Healthy Girls Save the World

By Daijah Street Davis on September 19th, 2018

Project Manager Daijah Street Davis recently spoke with Camille McGirt about how Healthy Girls Save the World is making strides toward health equity in North Carolina, starting with adolescent girls.

The Problem with Cultural Assimilation

By Joanne Lee on September 12th, 2018

In a previous blog, I shared that the first time I truly felt like a minority or an outsider in this country didn’t occur until I was an adult. My paternal and maternal grandparents immigrated to Hawai’i from Korea and Japan, respectively, and I grew up there during a time when groups from other countries […]

Local Governments as Health Champions

By Tim Schwantes on September 6th, 2018

The Wake County Healthy Community Initiative