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Where everyone chips in to improve health: How United Way of Greater Lafayette helps channel community assets

Fundraising can certainly be a challenge for community health improvement efforts, but in Tippecanoe County, IN, an interconnection of resources has proven to be just as effective as dollars. Healthy Active Tippecanoe , a community initiative...

2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner: Brownsville, Texas

The city of Brownsville is located on the southernmost tip of Texas, just across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. With a population of nearly 180,000 residents, over 90 percent Hispanic, Brownsville is one of the poorest metro areas in the country...

Employers Create Culture of Health in Memphis

Five years ago when the Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) first began contemplating ways to encourage comprehensive workplace wellness programs, the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) who participate in the member organization asked a vital...

St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition Connects Residents with Healthy Options

After a community needs assessment revealed that St. Louis should be focused on reducing obesity, weight management, physical activity, access to health food, and chronic illnesses that result from obesity, the St. Louis Area Business Health...

Efforts to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes by the Midwest Business Group on Health

The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), based in Chicago, is raising awareness about the importance of full term births and best practices for maternity care. The organization is working to reduce the number of non-medically related, elective-C...

In Pursuit of Fair Lending in Texas

The Texas Impact Education Fund (Texas Impact) is a statewide religious grassroots network of faith-based leaders who have made a commitment to improving the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals with an emphasis on social justice...

A Farmers Market on the Move in North Carolina

Many people in Rowan County, N.C., don’t have access to healthy foods – so Jon Barber, a local food advocate and farmers market owner, is bringing the fruits and vegetables to them. A non-profit venture in the county trucks a mobile farmers market...

Building a Business Case for Better Health: Allen County, OH

In Lima, OH, located in Allen County, community leaders are discovering the economic benefits of building a healthy, attractive community for residents to live, learn, work and play. In the 2012 County Health Rankings , Allen County ranked 75 out of...

Rebuilding for Health: New Orleans, LA

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a cross-sector partnership between schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, city government and the local health department in New Orleans, LA, has made public health and prevention a major component of the ongoing recovery effort.

Creating Healthier Environments for Everyone: Minneapolis, MN

Despite what you might expect with the climate, any annual list of “most bikeable” cities is going to have Minneapolis, MN, near the top. As the county seat of Hennepin County, which ranked 52 out of 84 counties in Minnesota in the 2012 County Health Rankings , Minneapolis is intentionally designed with bikeways and paths to encourage active transportation, including biking and walking.

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