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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

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

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

Bright Spots in Appalachia

Researchers traveled to ten Bright Spot counties—places that were identified, via the statistical analysis, as being in the top tenth in terms of better-than-expected health—and explored the programs, strategies, and attitudes that may be contributing to their better-than-expected health. Though no causal linkages are claimed in the report, many promising findings emerged. Read more

Spotlight Stories: Snohomish County, Washington

The coalition built a foundation for LiveHealthy2020, which engages a broad cross-section of partners around a common focus to improve the health and economic vitality of Snohomish County. The work centered around increasing physical activity, improved nutrition, mental/emotional wellbeing and civic health. The result: a shared community vision to improve health, quality of life and competitiveness in a globalized economy. Read more

Spotlight Stories: DeKalb County, Georgia

Through the work of numerous public, private, nonprofit and civic stakeholders, the broader East Lake community has seen a more than $400M return on investment over the first 20 years of the revitalization. This includes the opening of a full-service  grocery store; a full-service bank branch office; and a gas station – all of which remain open today (among other small businesses). Read more

Visualizing Wellbeing: Humane Housing

The Visualizing Wellbeing series explores the state of wellbeing in the United States through a collection of data visualizations. Each week we will explore one vital condition that comprise our framework for community wellbeing, developed in partnership through the Well Being Legacy Initiative. 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

Historic Boost to Funding and the Potential of the Child Care and Development Block Grant

Congress’s bipartisan budget agreement passed in February includes a historic funding increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the nation’s largest federal child care assistance program. The additional $5.8 billion for the program over the next two years has enormous benefits for states looking to serve more families and encourage children’s healthy development. Read more