Tag Archives: Partnership Development

How to Prepare Your Partnership for Unpredictable Times

By Danielle Sherman on November 9th, 2016

While volunteering as a poll monitor yesterday, I helped voters successfully cast their ballots and documented their experiences to improve the process for future voters. As I stood near both Democratic and Republican representatives of Wilson County, NC making their case to voters in the final hours, I was reminded of a powerful lesson: ultimately, […]

Why We Need Generosity for Strong Partnerships

By Rich Bell on October 26th, 2016

As our team at Active Living By Design (ALBD) has worked with community leaders, coalitions, and partnerships over the past 14 years, we have learned countless lessons about what works when it comes to creating sustainable healthy community change. We know that relationships matter—especially when we’re seeking change that is truly community-led. Good relationships set […]

Partnership Lessons from Active Routes to School

By Danielle Sherman on October 19th, 2016

Before joining Active Living By Design (ALBD), I was the project manager for Active Routes to School, a North Carolina Safe Routes to School Project funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and led by the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH). In that role, I supported 10 regional project coordinators across […]

Community Service Partnership Builds Capacity and New Leaders

By Mary Beth Powell on June 8th, 2016

Maria Restuccio had never heard of a Splash Park before she researched others in North Carolina and across the country. By the time she completed her investigation, however, she had become Impact Alamance’s resident expert on splash park design, costs, features, and operations. This was just one of many tasks Maria was assigned during her […]

A Fresh Model for Community-Driven Change

By Risa Wilkerson on March 23rd, 2016

Active Living By Design is about to launch a fresh model for community-driven change to reflect the evolution of our field’s growth. It reminds me of how far we’ve come. Early in my career, I was talked into wearing a Minnie Mouse costume at a health fair hosted by the local health department. My small […]

Wellness Collaborative Works to Create Livable Environments

By Mary Beth Powell on February 10th, 2016

Tired of its reputation as a “bedroom community,” Alamance County leaders want to change the county’s landscape and norms so that it is a healthy and desirable place to live, work and play. The key to their early success has been strong multidisciplinary collaboration and a commitment to an intentional, iterative process. Alamance County, located […]

Alleviating Food Insecurity Among Older Adults Through Community Partnerships

By Julia Katz on November 19th, 2015

Although many people are aging healthily and have access to nutritious food, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture, nine percent of households with people 65 and older experience food insecurity. Food insecurity and malnutrition carry serious health implications for older adults, like depression, asthma and congestive heart failure. Some communities […]

Partnership is the Heart of Systems Change

By Joanne Lee on October 21st, 2015

The term “systems change” can raise impersonal and institutional connotations, particularly when used within the context of models and theories. Through Active Living By Design (ALBD)’s work and experience in supporting healthy community change over the years, we know that people and relationships are at the heart of impactful change and provide necessary translation and […]

Using Collective Impact to Reduce Childhood Obesity: Considerations from a National Convening

By Risa Wilkerson on July 15th, 2015

About 1,700 people met in San Diego, CA, two weeks ago with one thing in mind: eliminating childhood obesity in the United States. Yes, it’s about children’s health—and so much more. Obesity is not only linked to many chronic diseases and illnesses, but is also associated with social and emotional challenges such as bullying and depression. […]

Strengthen Your Collaborative Efforts with these Nine Resources

By Tim Schwantes on July 8th, 2015

LiveWell Greenville is an example of a successful collaborative effort to improve the overall health of its region in South Carolina. In the Indian folk tale “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” each man touches a different part of an elephant and confidently tries to convince the other men that they know what they have […]