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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
Gehl Institute
Health by Design
Impact Alamance
Interact for Health
John Rex Endowment
Kaiser Permanente

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
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
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Testimonials

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Healthy Places by Design has helped us be more explicit about equity in our
collaborative work. They model the type of collaboration with community leaders and partners that we encourage, lifting up the value of lived experiences to achieve
community transformation.
and advocate for change that will
result in a healthier place to live.

Healthy Places by Design has helped us be more explicit about equity in our
collaborative work. They model the type of collaboration with community leaders and partners that we encourage, lifting up the value of lived experiences to achieve
community transformation.

Healthy Places by Design has helped us be more explicit about equity in our
collaborative work. They model the type of collaboration with community leaders and partners that we encourage, lifting up the value of lived experiences to achieve
community transformation.

Julie Willems Van Dijk, Director

CHR&R and RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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Healthy Places by Design unquestionably supported communities and their success through your intentionality with community engagement. This reflected your values in equity and collaboration and has had a huge impact on individual grantees as well as our strategies.

Healthy Places by Design unquestionably supported communities and their success through your intentionality with community engagement. This reflected your values in equity and collaboration and has had a huge impact on individual grantees as well as our strategies.

Healthy Places by Design unquestionably supported communities and their success through your intentionality with community engagement. This reflected your values in equity and collaboration and has had a huge impact on individual grantees as well as our strategies.

Katie Eyes, Program Officer

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

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For some, health equity work can be challenging to navigate. With help from Healthy Places by Design, we identified health equity as a focus area, which included the unveiling of the first-ever Health Equity Report for our region.

For some, health equity work can be challenging to navigate. With help from Healthy Places by Design, we identified health equity as a focus area, which included the unveiling of the first-ever Health Equity Report for our region.

For some, health equity work can be challenging to navigate. With help from Healthy Places by Design, we identified health equity as a focus area, which included the unveiling of the first-ever Health Equity Report for our region.

Annie Martinie, Senior Program Officer

Danville Regional Foundation

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The Healthy Places by Design team
sees the big picture and the needed details. They right-fit and right-size their focus and know when it’s best to address vision, purpose, strategy, or logistics. That’s a tremendous asset.

The Healthy Places by Design team
sees the big picture and the needed details. They right-fit and right-size their focus and know when it’s best to address vision, purpose, strategy, or logistics. That’s a tremendous asset.

The Healthy Places by Design team
sees the big picture and the needed details. They right-fit and right-size their focus and know when it’s best to address vision, purpose, strategy, or logistics. That’s a tremendous asset.

Kate Shirah, Program Director

John Rex Endowment

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