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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

Make the Social Choice the Easy Choice

By Risa Wilkerson on November 30th, 2020

Earlier this month, in “Mending Divided Communities with the Thread of Social Trust,” I wrote that “No matter what we’re working on—racial justice, poverty, COVID relief, or any other issue that affects community health—the only way to solve those problems is through collaboration.” We know that collaborative, community-led, place-based initiatives often build trusting relationships between […]

Niagara Falls Is Creating Health through Social Connection and Trust

By Phil Bors on November 17th, 2020

A committed group of residents has been quietly building trust in the City of Niagara Falls since 2015.

Mending Divided Communities with the Thread of Social Trust

By Risa Wilkerson on November 10th, 2020

For those of us who believe that the Biden/Harris ticket represents a hopeful shift to decency and fairness, the results of this election bring joy—albeit tempered joy. We are still a nation divided. In his first address as president-elect, Biden appealed to unity, asking Americans to “give each other a chance” rather than viewing their […]