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Spotlight Stories: Greenville, South Carolina

LiveWell Greenville was launched in 2011, with initial funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and became the community’s primary network of organizations partnering to ensure access to healthy eating and active living. The network implemented a collaborative, common-agenda approach before the notion of “collective impact” was commonplace. LiveWell Greenville introduced a new way of thinking about community change that is intended to be lasting and intergenerational. Read more

A New Era for Community Commons

Remember that time we said that a new Community Commons was just around the corner? Turns out it took several corners and a couple of hills to get there, but it’s really happening this time. We promise. On December 31, the old Community Commons will close and will reopen as a brand new, exciting site on January 7, 2019. Read more

Revitalizing St. Louis’ South Side

DeSales Community Development is a community-based non-profit formed in 1976 to serve the Fox Park and Tower Grove East neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. They promote the ongoing growth of neighborhoods as healthy, diverse urban communities with quality housing through real estate development, property management, and community programming. Read more

Healthy Meals on a Budget: Nutrition that Works for Real Families

In practice, household food management is a complex, messy business involving many factors beyond the availability of healthy foods. Some families have persistent beliefs that healthy foods are unaffordable, or hard and time-consuming to prepare. Some are overwhelmed by navigating grocery stores, markets and restaurants, or misled by aggressive marketing and complicated labeling. And in many families, long-ingrained cultural habits and practices, overlaid with day-to-day family dynamics, make it a real challenge to transform dietary habits. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Omaha, Nebraska

Historically, representatives from Omaha neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by poverty, unemployment, and resulting increased chance of youth incarceration, haven’t taken part in system reform work. Engagement with those with lived experiences with the juvenile justice system has led to an approach that is fundamentally different than what has gone on before: those most affected by the juvenile justice system are now a part of the decision-making process and share their direct experiences to shed light on improvements the county needs to focus on. Read more

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