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The Future of Community Commons Looks a Lot Like Your Favorite Store

For the last seven years, Community Commons has learned what is needed to create positive change in communities, and has evolved alongside our users, discovering that there is so much more that we can do. That’s why the future of Community Commons means less emphasis on what we can provide, and more time spent lifting up the best of what’s already going on across the nation and helping you connect with it. We want to be the place you come to discover maps, tools, efforts, and ideas to power community change. Read more

In A Puerto Rican Mountain Town, Hope Ebbs And Health Suffers

The people of Castañer, an isolated village in Puerto Rico’s central mountains, watch warily. Crews have come and gone, and people living along the mountain roads don’t expect to get power until late summer, if ever. Power finally started flowing to the center of town last month, but the electrical grid remains unstable — an island-wide blackout April 18 disrupted progress — and the hospital continues to use its own generator. Read more

Harvesting Health and Hope Through Farmer-Health Care Cooperation

 Many families struggle to secure enough nutritious food for a healthy life. They may skip meals, cut back on the amount or types of foods they eat, or make the difficult decision to pay for necessities like medical care and utilities over food. Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque not only recognizes the vital link between healthy food access and patient outcomes, but they are also putting their community benefit dollars to work on solutions for food-insecure families in their community. Read more

ExploreMoHealth: An Example of How One State is Taking Health Data to the Next Level

Data is the key to diagnosing and addressing some of our region’s most pressing health issues, and by making robust and up-to-date information available to the public, ExploreMOHealth is helping to further the missions of MFH and MHA to improve health and the health care system while also supporting other health related initiatives across the state with data for better decision-making. Read more

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