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Who We Are

Healthy Places by Design advances community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and wellbeing for all.

We are strategic partners for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions of health equity into lasting impact. At local, state, and national scales, we connect community leaders with inspiring success stories, lessons learned, and each other to deepen their capacity as changemakers. Drawing on our experience supporting hundreds of community partnerships, we strengthen assets and enhance efforts to grow an enduring culture of health and wellbeing.

Our Vision

A nation of healthy, equitable communities where everyone reaches their full potential.

We believe that health and wellbeing are essential human rights. We seek to create impact where it is most needed, respecting and honoring the voices of people who face the starkest health disparities and whose stories too often go unheard.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to advance community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and wellbeing for all.

We are strategic partners for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions of health equity into lasting impact. At local, state, and national scales, we connect community leaders with inspiring success stories, lessons learned, and each other to deepen their capacity as changemakers. Drawing on our experience supporting hundreds of community partnerships, we strengthen assets and enhance efforts to grow an enduring culture of health and wellbeing.

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Staff

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Casey Allred

Operations Officer

Event planner extraordinaire with southern hospitality and charm

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Gabriella Peterson

Project and Events Coordinator

Lover of details, organization, reading, and travel

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Jamie Elliott

Senior Project Officer

Community appreciator, back-porch ponderer, and maintainer of hope

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Joanne Lee

Collaborative Learning Director

Adventurous strategist, cross-cultural explorer, and human and animal welfare champion

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Philip Bors

Technical Assistance Director

Community collaborator, enthusiastic brainstormer, and devotee of down time

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Risa Wilkerson

Executive Director

Action-driven optimist, abundance thinker, and simplicity-seeker

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Tim Schwantes

Senior Project Officer

Life-long learner, connector, listener, privilege-checker, and triathlete

Advisory Board and External Advisors

Allen Smart

Allen Smart

Advisory Board Member

Rural Philanthropic Strategist

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Amanda O’Rourke

Advisory Board Member

Executive Director of 8 80 Cities

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Asta Petkeviciute

Advisory Board Member

Strategic Finance and Organization Management Consultant

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Chadwick Roberson

Advisory Board Member

President of Pivotal Advisors

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Chuck Alexander

Advisory Board Member

Principal and Director, Public Health, Burness

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Niiobli Armah IV

Advisory Board Chair

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