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Creating Great Places: A Conversation with Amanda O’Rourke

By Risa Wilkerson on May 18th, 2022

Our newest board member, Amanda O’Rourke, is passionate about transforming cities into great places for all people of all ages. In this interview with Risa Wilkerson, she describes how her childhood inspired her career, how listening to youth and older adults helped her check her biases, and much more.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Linda Bryant- Project EATS

By Phil Bors on May 3rd, 2022

With the help of New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, Project EATS is creating opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn while growing organic produce.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Leah Russell – Syracuse Peacemaking Project, Center for Court Innovation

By Phil Bors on April 26th, 2022

Learn how the Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, improved access to healthy food in Syracuse, New York.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Arlen Zamula and Caitlin Falvey – Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

By Phil Bors on April 19th, 2022

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, organizations in East Harlem were able to get funded during the pandemic. Read more in this blog.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Mandy Snay – Clinton County Health Department

By Phil Bors on April 12th, 2022

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, this health department in Clinton County, New York invested in partners throughout the county. As a result community residents became advocates making an impact.

Three Ways Public Libraries Support Socially Connected Communities

By Noah Lenstra on April 5th, 2022

You may be surprised to learn that libraries—and librarians—play an expansive role in building community and supporting health that goes well beyond their well-earned reputation for providing access to information. Read our latest blog from guest author, Noah Lenstra, for more.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Jennifer Vallone & Michele Rodriguez – University Settlement

By Phil Bors on April 5th, 2022

In our latest blog, we highlight another one of six community conveners working with the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative across the state of New York. Find out how these conveners worked to create a community more educated about healthy eating.

Increasing Social Connectedness in Rural Settings

By Tim Schwantes on March 29th, 2022

As part of an ongoing virtual learning network series, we recently hosted a conversation with local leaders to discuss rural strategies for social connections. On this particular call, people working in rural areas across many different communities discussed how they address rural isolation and shared ideas to create more connectedness.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Brian Archie – Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative

By Phil Bors on March 29th, 2022

Check out our latest blog featuring one of six community conveners across the state of New York. Learn the story of how this community came together to create healthy opportunities for its residents.

The Power of Narrative: Bringing People Together to Advance Equity with Jonathan Heller

By Joanne Lee on March 23rd, 2022

As our nation continues to face multiple existential threats – including the pandemic, systemic racism, and civil unrest – we have seen people become divided. In these times when we need to harness cooperative action to solve big issues, what can we do to overcome current polarization?