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Community Health

Walking Without Sidewalks

David Sandman | Posted 06.21.2016 | New York
David Sandman

New York is regularly named the nation's most walkable city, even if some neighborhoods are better for this than others.

Build a Culture of Health

John Quelch | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
John Quelch

Whether big or small, companies looking for a place to start should target one or two areas under the four pillars that they can impact relatively quickly. They can then later extend their efforts into other areas. The point is to get started.

This Partnership Marks A Big Step In The Fight Against Obesity

Becky L. Johnson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Becky L. Johnson

If you read the headlines, you are keenly aware that we are in the midst of a serious obesity problem. Seventeen percent of children and 35 percent of...

Igniting Change by Investing in Girls and Women

Dr. Tedros Adhanom | Posted 05.16.2016 | Impact
Dr. Tedros Adhanom

In looking toward the future of health of societies around the globe, so much is needed if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Securing the health and rights of girls and women is a necessary condition if we are to succeed.

Ending Malaria For Good

Dr. Tedros Adhanom | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Dr. Tedros Adhanom

Early in my career, I was galvanized by a disease that ravaged my country and many others around the world: malaria. My personal experiences with malaria in the field as a young public health officer twenty-seven years ago had a profound effect on my trajectory.

The Affordable Care Act at Five Years: Where Is Prevention?

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Five years in, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved the delivery of health care in the United States. But more could be done, especially in prev...

A Tragedy in the Making

Andy Subica | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Andy Subica

The Flint lead crisis serves as a tragic reminder that people living in poverty remain the most vulnerable, disempowered, and unhealthy members of our society. It also reminds us that even temporary public policies that neglect to consider their health and safety can have profound and lifelong negative consequences.

4 Environmental Health Lessons Learned From the Bhopal Disaster

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Gary H. Cohen

Anniversaries are an opportunity to look back on the journey and see what progress has been achieved, what lessons have been applied and where history seems poised, even determined, to repeat itself. And so, what have we learned since the Bhopal disaster in 1984?

Going Beyond 'Band-Aid' Care

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

An MRI here, a prescription there -- these are Band-Aids, not lasting solutions. Our communities need innovative approaches to pressing issues like homelessness, drug addiction, obesity, and lack of mental health services. To help the patient, we must also address the health of the community.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prescription for a Healthy Society

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the "Beloved Community." Economic and social justice are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community. These twin pillars are also necessary for a healthy society. What would be the health impacts of living in such a society?

This Week in Seeding the Change: Everyone Needs a Little Sunshine and Laughter Sometimes

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

These are just a few examples of what a little seed money can do when put in the hands of someone with a vision and a plan to change the world.

Diabetes and Development: A New Approach for Community Health

Chermerdene Jordan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Chermerdene Jordan

Much has been written about poverty and its effects on diabetes and obesity. Just a few weeks ago, Mark Hyman, MD, tackled this issue in a cohesive a...

By Focusing on Health, a Community Goes From 'Little Vietnam' to Vibrant and Thriving

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Levi

Not only does intentionally building healthier communities lead to improvements in the public's health, but it improves the economy, education and infrastructure. Basically, everything impacts health, and good health can benefit everyone and everything in a community.

GPS -- Please Guide Me to NYC!

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.01.2013 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

It is an incredible thing to feel that unconditional love and support from people all around the world. It reminds us of our common bond -- our basic humanity.

How One Social Experiment Helped 15,000 People Lose 250,000 Pounds

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 07.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Acute disease can be left to the hospitals, but creating health and healing of chronic disease seems to happen best in the community -- with people helping people where each one of us lives, where we eat, cook, learn, work, play and pray.

Nursing Southern Somalia Through Civil War And Famine

Tommy Standun | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Tommy Standun

Many organizations have been driven from the country by insecurity, and the provision of supplies is severely restricted as roads are often closed by various militia and military forces. But there is hope as Somali citizens provide assistance to their own.

How Social Networks Control Your Health

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

If you want to get healthy, you just might not want to go to a doctor. You might instead, go to church. The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.

Can Small Businesses In Your Community Make You Healthier?

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 02.09.2012 | Small Business

Small businesses contribute to healthier communities, according to a new national study by sociologists from Louisiana State University and Baylor Uni...

Watching Prevention Make History With The 'National Prevention Strategy'

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

This was a historic occasion. For the first time, the nation has delineated a broad, coherent approach to prevention -- and made it clear that prevention is critical for improving our health.

The Real Solution to the Health Care Debate? Connectedness

Peter Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Block

What we eat, the stress in our lives, our exercise habits and our connectedness with other human beings are more decisive than anything the health care system can do.

Help Send 120,000 Solar Lights to Health Teams in Haiti

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Dilenschneider

Two of the most highly regarded health care nonprofits in Haiti are making an urgent plea for 120,000 lights to assist them in giving medical attention to those dispersed in the rural areas.