Spotlight Stories: Laramie County, Wyoming

The need for resiliency is not an unknown problem in the United States, but in Laramie County, it became clear that to build resiliency, housing stability for local youth had to be  first priority. After a Point-in-Time count was facilitated by those on the Strong Families action team of the Laramie County Community Partnership, the need was clear: there were too many homeless youth in Laramie County. The necessary resources to ensure safe and stable housing for youth were virtually non-existent. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Algoma, Wisconsin

For generations, Algoma students have graduated from high school and faced the decision to either leave Algoma and explore educational and job opportunities elsewhere, or to join the manufacturing labor force that has kept Algoma afloat for decades. Knowing that so much of the community’s legacy rests in the hands of its youth, Algoma leaders sought to pursue innovative strategies necessary to produce a culture shift. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Thunder Valley CDC

On one evening, community members began comparing Pine Ridge to other reservations – Why weren’t they advancing like others? Why did Pine Ridge lack so much in so many areas? During ceremony, these young people were called into action and propelled to look beyond the poverty that was so ingrained on the Reservation, and instead look into systemic changes that could shift the wellbeing of their people. Read more

Well Being Legacy Inaugural Gathering

At a pivotal moment in American history—amidst mounting challenges, gridlock, and deep despair among many—Well Being Legacy looks to places across the country where ordinary people routinely confront shared challenges and reach across differences to enrich their health and well-being as a whole community. Scroll through to see tweets from Thursday, July 19, 2018. Read more

Vital Conditions for Community Wellbeing

Personal health and well-being rises and falls throughout our lives – as we develop, age, suffer trauma, injury or illness, and recover. Vital conditions, on the other hand, persist in our communities, across generations – strongly shaping the exposures, choices, opportunities and adversities that we experience throughout our lives. Read more

What We (Don’t) Talk About When We Talk About Wellbeing: Advice from the Greatest Generation

Community Commons is getting on board with wellbeing. We’re broadening our view to encompass all dimensions of wellbeing, recognizing that people need more than just physical health to live their best lives. (We look forward to sharing more when we launch the new Community Commons later this year.) Expansive and inclusive, wellbeing encompasses overall perceived quality of life, and integrates important dimensions including mental and emotional wellbeing, financial wellbeing, belonging, social cohesion and civic health. Read more

Growing Well Connected Communities

More than two years ago, leaders across America’s Cooperative Extension System (CES) and National 4-H Council (4-H) began imagining how they could expand their collaborative efforts to amplify and accelerate a culture of health across the nation. They are building upon rich agency histories of youth and adult partnerships, translational science, expert volunteer programs, and … Read more

Primary Care Access Fuels Columbia Health Disparities

Columbia is touted as a city that brims with health care providers, thanks to the presence of a bustling medical school and residency program, as well as multiple hospitals and clinics. And yet, availability does not guarantee access — especially for the city’s low-income and black residents, whose lack of established primary care can contribute to worse health and shorter life expectancy. Read more

The Cost of Obesity

Obesity rates in the United States have tripled since the 1960s and doubled since the 1980s. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, a national epidemic that contributes to chronic disease, disability, and death, and places a large financial strain on the health care system. Read more