Blog Archives

Communities Building Housing—and Hope

By Joanne Lee on March 21st, 2019

The 2019 County Health Rankings highlight the link between health and stable, affordable housing with data, strategies, and community examples.

A Conversation about Equity, Health, and Housing with Sarah Norman of NeighborWorks

By Risa Wilkerson on March 13th, 2019

We spoke with Sarah Norman, NeighborWorks’ director of healthy homes and communities, about the organization’s work and how it is addressing health equity today.

The Housing Trends Harming Community Health

By Sarah Moore on March 11th, 2019

and the leaders who are doing something about it

How to Design a Self-Sustaining, Comprehensive Healthcare System

By Risa Wilkerson on February 27th, 2019

With the right supports in place, we can create a flywheel effect to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.

Clinic-Community Partnerships Shift Power to Patients

By Risa Wilkerson on February 20th, 2019

Community-centered health initiatives offer a sustainable and effective approach to creating healthy, equitable communities where all people can reach their full potential.

Transforming Health Systems: A Conversation with Kathy Colville

By Sarah Strunk on February 13th, 2019

Kathy Colville is Director of Healthy Communities for Cone Health. A $1.8 billion enterprise, it is one of North Carolina’s largest and most comprehensive health networks, serving communities in more than 100 locations, including six hospitals, 95 physician practice sites, and multiple centers of excellence. In this role, Kathy leads Cone Health’s efforts to improve […]

America’s Health Care Emergency

By Sarah Moore on February 8th, 2019

Why isn’t it considered an urgent problem that our health system pours so many resources into treating one symptom at a time rather than identifying and addressing the root causes of poor health outcomes for entire communities of people?

Our First Year as Healthy Places by Design

By Risa Wilkerson on December 18th, 2018

Why we changed our name, re-charted our path, and questioned our core values

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 […]