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During a time of intensifying social and economic inequality, the gap between thriving communities and vulnerable communities widens every day.

Right now, decisions are being made that could mend—or worsen—that gap for decades to come. That’s why our work and yours is so urgent. And that’s why we’re committed to partnering with you to ensure that every community is a healthy place by design.

Consulting and Advising

Our organization has been at the forefront of collective efforts to demonstrate how the places where we live affect our health. As your strategic partner, we can help you:

  • Design and manage initiatives and strategies that advance health equity and healthy communities through policy, systems, and environmental changes.
  • Facilitate strategic planning for healthy community initiatives and the organizations that support them.
  • Identify trends and opportunities in the healthy communities field.

 

Coaching and Technical Assistance

Since 2002, our organization has provided extensive, direct technical assistance and coaching to more than 200 community partnerships in 42 states, and has worked with more than two dozen philanthropic organizations. Healthy Places by Design tailors the approach outlined in the Community Action Model with each of our partners to:

  • Help local leaders identify and implement community-specific strategies.
  • Coach communities through resident-led change processes, maintaining thriving community coalitions, and sustaining healthy community work.

 

Collaborative Learning and Networking

Through our collaborative learning and networking support, we create mutually beneficial exchanges among communities and thought leaders that lead to action, network-building, and impact at local, regional, and national scales. We can help you:

  • Design and manage comprehensive, multi-component, and tailored collaborative learning and networking initiatives.
  • Plan, host, facilitate, and assess in-person and virtual learning to spark generative thinking, develop new partnerships, and share wisdom and resources.
  • Strengthen connections between funders and communities to accelerate and sustain community-led action.

 

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Our Partners

Healthy Places by Design has served as a strategic thought partner and consultant to more than three dozen philanthropic partners, including local, state, and national foundations across 42 states. We are also committed to building local capacity for community-led policy, systems, and environmental changes, serving as a collaborative partner with state and national agencies to help them advance local efforts. Some of our partners have included:

 

Aetna Foundation
Alta Planning and Design
American Public Health Association
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation
Center for Rural Strategies
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Crim Fitness Foundation
Danville Regional Foundation
Delta Community Solutions
Equitable Cities
Gehl Institute
Health by Design
Impact Alamance
Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health
Interact for Health
John Rex Endowment
Kaiser PermanenteInteract for Health

 

Kansas Health Foundation
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Michigan Fitness Foundation
MMS Education
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Association of Counties
NAACP Mississippi State Conference 
New Jersey Health Initiatives
New York Community Trust
New York State Health Foundation
North Carolina Division of Public Health
North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund
Obici Healthcare Foundation
PATH Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Tamarack Institute
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
We-Collab
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

 

Testimonials

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Healthy Places by Design brought a valuable outside lens and diverse experiences that helped drive innovation. We relied on them to facilitate, design and lead virtual, interactive discussion groups, produce learning modules, and cultivate stories of community efforts to advance health and equity. They were instrumental in identifying, mining and writing about the rich examples and lessons learned from local communities, something we had wanted to do for a long time. Healthy Places by Design’s knowledge and expertise significantly contributed to growing our organizational capacity and setting communities up for greater success.

Healthy Places by Design brought a valuable outside lens and diverse experiences that helped drive innovation. We relied on them to facilitate, design and lead virtual, interactive discussion groups, produce learning modules, and cultivate stories of community efforts to advance health and equity. They were instrumental in identifying, mining and writing about the rich examples and lessons learned from local communities, something we had wanted to do for a long time. Healthy Places by Design’s knowledge and expertise significantly contributed to growing our organizational capacity and setting communities up for greater success.

Healthy Places by Design brought a valuable outside lens and diverse experiences that helped drive innovation. We relied on them to facilitate, design and lead virtual, interactive discussion groups, produce learning modules, and cultivate stories of community efforts to advance health and equity. They were instrumental in identifying, mining and writing about the rich examples and lessons learned from local communities, something we had wanted to do for a long time. Healthy Places by Design’s knowledge and expertise significantly contributed to growing our organizational capacity and setting communities up for greater success.

Kate Kingery, Senior Sustainability Leader for the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

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Working with Healthy Places by Design has been one of the highlights of this initiative since the start. The team’s commitment to equity aligns perfectly with the spirit of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, and our 20 community-based grantees deeply value the peer-to-peer connections that Healthy Places by Design so thoughtfully curates each month.

Working with Healthy Places by Design has been one of the highlights of this initiative since the start. The team’s commitment to equity aligns perfectly with the spirit of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, and our 20 community-based grantees deeply value the peer-to-peer connections that Healthy Places by Design so thoughtfully curates each month.

Working with Healthy Places by Design has been one of the highlights of this initiative since the start. The team’s commitment to equity aligns perfectly with the spirit of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, and our 20 community-based grantees deeply value the peer-to-peer connections that Healthy Places by Design so thoughtfully curates each month.

Brittany Perrotte, Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Project Director, APHA

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Healthy Places by Design’s foundational perspective on equity in all their work has augmented the Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities program’s state partnerships related to their built environment work and has enhanced the state’s new focus on social connectedness in advancing sustainable, resilient solutions for healthy communities.

Healthy Places by Design’s foundational perspective on equity in all their work has augmented the Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities program’s state partnerships related to their built environment work and has enhanced the state’s new focus on social connectedness in advancing sustainable, resilient solutions for healthy communities.

Healthy Places by Design’s foundational perspective on equity in all their work has augmented the Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities program’s state partnerships related to their built environment work and has enhanced the state’s new focus on social connectedness in advancing sustainable, resilient solutions for healthy communities.

Laura Kettle Khan, Senior Scientist and BRIC Program Manager, CDC

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Healthy Places by Design’s adaptability during COVID enabled us all to leverage timing and technology for greater learning. As a result, our investment in six projects on social isolation led to national conversations which are increasing knowledge and advancing solutions for sustainable change.

Healthy Places by Design’s adaptability during COVID enabled us all to leverage timing and technology for greater learning. As a result, our investment in six projects on social isolation led to national conversations which are increasing knowledge and advancing solutions for sustainable change.

Healthy Places by Design’s adaptability during COVID enabled us all to leverage timing and technology for greater learning. As a result, our investment in six projects on social isolation led to national conversations which are increasing knowledge and advancing solutions for sustainable change.

Sharon Roerty, Senior Program Officer, RWJF

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We are seeing members of The Health Collaborative truly integrate equity into their organizational practices and policies, including changing hiring practices, sharing decision making, and re-allocating resources. With the help of Healthy Places by Design, we are taking our equity work to the next level with the development of a health equity leadership program. This program develops a diverse group of local leaders who understand best practices for achieving health equity and have the knowledge, skills, courage, and supports to build more equitable organizations and neighborhoods.

We are seeing members of The Health Collaborative truly integrate equity into their organizational practices and policies, including changing hiring practices, sharing decision making, and re-allocating resources. With the help of Healthy Places by Design, we are taking our equity work to the next level with the development of a health equity leadership program. This program develops a diverse group of local leaders who understand best practices for achieving health equity and have the knowledge, skills, courage, and supports to build more equitable organizations and neighborhoods.

We are seeing members of The Health Collaborative truly integrate equity into their organizational practices and policies, including changing hiring practices, sharing decision making, and re-allocating resources. With the help of Healthy Places by Design, we are taking our equity work to the next level with the development of a health equity leadership program. This program develops a diverse group of local leaders who understand best practices for achieving health equity and have the knowledge, skills, courage, and supports to build more equitable organizations and neighborhoods.

Annie Martinie, Senior Program Officer, Danville Regional Foundation

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