Blog Archives

“Go Slow to Go Fast” Is Still Good Advice, Even in a Pandemic

By Tim Schwantes on July 29th, 2020

The Wellness Collaborative in Alamance County, NC is embracing the COVID-19 slowdown as an opportunity to invest in the future of the community it serves.

The Importance of Defining the Future We Want

By Risa Wilkerson on July 22nd, 2020

Not just the problems we have

20 Cities and Counties Pledge to Advance Health Equity

By Phil Bors on July 15th, 2020

APHA, NACo and Healthy Places by Design to collaborate on capacity-building efforts to accelerate community change

Remembering Chris Kochtitzky

By Phil Bors on June 30th, 2020

On May 3, 2020, advocates for active transportation and health equity lost an inspiring, behind-the-scenes leader.

Why We Deleted Our Facebook Page

By Sarah Moore on June 25th, 2020

On Friday, June 12, 2020, we deleted Healthy Places by Design’s Facebook page. Our team made this decision after Facebook announced that it would take no action to address a recent post (originally issued as a tweet1) from President Trump, in which he threatened violence against people protesting racially-biased police brutality. So, we took action. […]

We Don’t Want Things to Go “Back to Normal” after COVID-19

By Risa Wilkerson on April 15th, 2020

If we don’t address underlying inequities as an integral part of our response to the outbreak, we will not only be less resilient to future pandemics and emergencies, but we will also miss a chance to create a new and more equitable normal.

Our Strategic Framework

By Risa Wilkerson on March 30th, 2020

Our newly updated framework describes our current priorities and vision for impact.

Social Connection in the Time of COVID-19

By Risa Wilkerson on March 24th, 2020

To start, let’s call it “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing.” Social connections will prove more vital than ever in the absence of physical gathering places, and there are abundant opportunities to be social even with physical distancing in place.

Is climate change the newest social determinant of health?

By Sarah Strunk and Shamar Bibbins on December 4th, 2019

We talk with Shamar Bibbins about how The Kresge Foundation is addressing the connection between climate, equity, and health.

How New Jersey Health Initiatives keeps relationships at the heart of its investments

By Joanne Lee on November 26th, 2019

“It has been exciting to see past and current grantees weave in elements of what they had been funded for five or 10 or 15 years ago.”