Healthy Communities Posts

Do Something About Something: Making Progress in the Age of Trump

After the November election, Burnesser Adam Zimmerman felt powerless. So he did the only thing he could think of to make that feeling go away: started working for progress in his own community.

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“Evicted” Book Review: Eviction Is a Cause—Not Just a Consequence—of Poverty

"Evicted" follows low-income families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. It's a must-read if you care about the growing inequality and poverty in the US.

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Seven Communities Take on Timely Challenges in Health

Meet the winners of the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize!

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Can Teamwork Make a Dream Work in Montgomery County?

Montgomery County is home to 88,000 people who are food insecure, which means they don't know when or how they'll get their next meal. A new bill—supported by Burness—aims to change that.

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Want to Solve Appalachia’s Problems? Listen to Those Who Live There.

The best ideas to close health gaps in Appalachia come from those who live in the region. We attended the SOAR Innovation Summit in Pikesville, Kentucky, where lots of these local solutions were on display.

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County Health Rankings Are in the House

We were thrilled when Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) took to the House Floor to celebrate Carver County for being named Minnesota's healthiest county in this year's County Health Rankings.

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Being Black Is Bad for Your Health

There is a mountain of evidence that being Black or Latino in the U.S. can have adverse affects on one’s health, due, in part, to structural racism. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and Harvard Professor David Williams made this point in a recent op-ed.

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Five Questions with Toni Williams

In this interview with Burnesser Toni Williams, Sara Brinda explores Toni’s favorite social change issue, uncovers her greatest fear, and gets a glimpse of what it might have been like to hang out with Toni as a child.

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From Homelessness to Home

Mr. Ford is an army veteran who, after being homeless for more than a decade, recently moved into his first apartment. We worked with the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network to help tell his story.

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How Can Pediatricians Help Fight Childhood Poverty?

For the one in five children who are poor in America, the stress of poverty is a daily reality. And it affects kids’ brains and bodies. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that pediatricians screen all children for poverty risk factors.

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