Communities in Action

A Northern Michigan Community Explores Its Assets and Resources

Members of Oscoda County’s CHOICES partnership were well aware of the challenges facing their rural Northern Michigan community. What they needed to understand was what resources they already had. “We needed to focus on...

Woodbury, MN, Community Members Prioritize What’s Important

In 2016, a diverse group of Woodbury, MN partners formed “Woodbury Thrives” to address growing inequities in their suburban community of nearly 69,000. The group included partners from healthcare, public health, nonprofits,...

Supporting school attendance in Yakima County

Granger School District in rural Yakima County, Washington, sees school attendance as a complex challenge. To encourage its nearly 1500 students to attend class regularly, the district offers programs that reward improved...

Springfield, MO creates affordable homes via community land trust

To help address a shortage of affordable housing for local families, the City of Springfield, MO, a ‘big, small town’ of 164,122 people in a metro area of nearly half a million, started the Springfield Community Land Trust (...

Bridgeport Works to Improve Fresh Food Access in Corner Stores

In some areas, corner stores are the only retail food option accessible to nearby residents. Working with corner stores to carry more fresh produce and other healthier food options is one strategy to increase access to...

Police and community members work together in Everett, MA

Police and community members work together in Everett, MA To improve relationships with local youth and immigrant communities, the Everett Police Department has partnered with local stakeholders to implement principles of...

Naloxone access and North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

During the past 10 years, North Carolina has faced an all too common problem: rising rates of opioid use and overdose deaths. The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) aims to reduce harm for those engaging in high...

Increasing fresh produce in Kansas City MO via urban agriculture

To increase access to fresh, healthy foods in a Kansas City, MO neighborhood greatly affected by the economic downturn, the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council (INC), the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, and KC Healthy...

Creating a multicultural mixed-use community in Greenbridge, WA

To provide affordable housing and on-site community resources in a healthy environment, King County Housing Authority (KCHA) transformed Greenbridge, a suburb of Seattle, WA, from World War II-era temporary housing to modern...

With HIA, Curry County, OR brings manufactured housing up to par

To address substandard manufactured housing and improve housing-related health outcomes, Curry County, OR conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and, ultimately, implemented a local housing rehabilitation loan and grant...