A few of our favorite resources:
The Abraham Path Initiative
is working to open a permanent route of pilgrimage and cultural exchange following the 4,000 year old footsteps of the prophet Abraham. The route stretches from Harran in southern Turkey where Abraham first heard the call to "go forth," to his tomb in Al Khalil/Hebron just south of Jerusalem. The project is an international affiliation sponsored by Harvard University's Global Negotiation Project. In November 2006, Tyler was a delegate on the first Study Tour hosted by political, religious, and community leaders in six cities along the route - Urfa, Aleppo, Damascus, Amman, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem.
Active Living by Design
Active Living by Design is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The program will establish and evaluate innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
Advancing the Movement is a distributed network of leaders from communities, philanthropy, government agencies, and the private, academic, voluntary and civic sectors - serving across fields, political perspectives and issues foci - collaborating on policy, systems and environmental changes for a healthier, more equitable and prosperous United States of America.
Rebuilding Communities Initiatives-The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The program is designed to provide the support needed to help transform troubled, economically disenfranchised neighborhoods into safe, supportive and productive environments for children, youth and their families.
The Institute for Alternative Futures
The Institute for Alternative Futures helps individuals and organizations develop their own images of the future and design more effective strategies to shape the future they prefer.
The California Endowment
The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation that was created in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California's creation of WellPoint Health Networks, a for-profit corporation. This conversion set the groundwork for our mission:The California Endowment's mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.
The Association for Community Health Improvement
is the premier, national individual membership association for people committed to improving community health and well-being. The Association is a resource and meeting place for people from a variety of fields, because community health requires the participation and collaboration of hospitals, health centers, public health, healthy communities advocates, researchers, funders and many other sectors.
The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)
The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) fosters widely shared and sustainable economic wellbeing. CFED promotes asset-building strategies, primarily in low-income and distressed communities, that bring together community practice, public policy, and private markets in new and effective way.
The Community Toolbox
The Community Toolbox practical guidance for improving community health and development. Over 3,000 downloadable pages of specific, skill-building information on over 150 community topics.
The Food Commons serves as a model for actualizing the food "revolution" in communities everywhere by creating the physical, financial and organizational infrastructure necessary for thriving regional food systems. The Food Commons is innovatively bold in scope and potential. Once built, it is a whole system, fully integrated and connected.
The Grove Consultants International
The Grove Consultants International is a process-consulting firm committed to advancing the art and practice of collaboration, with enormously productive visual approaches for achieving these results
Health Forum provides an integrated portfolio of communications, information, education and research products and services that advance leadership for health.
International Healthy Cities Foundation
International Healthy Cities Foundation is a place where people interested in addressing urban and community issues along with concerns about health and quality of life issues in their communities can join and share information. Resources are printed in Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
The Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities
The Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities is the US network of the healthy cities and communities movement. Here you will find stories, tools and access to the states' network.
Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET)
Health Research and Educational Trust focuses on the critical issues affecting health care finance, delivery, and access, as well as community health.
The High Desert Center for Sustainable Studies
cultivates the arts and sciences of sustainable living. It is located on 59 acres of juniper, sage and grassland on a mesa above Paonia, Colorado. The area is rich in wildlife, and students often spot deer, elk, lizards, hawks, coyotes. All High Desert Center programs emphasize sustainable living, social entrepreneurship, service, and individual professional development.
IP3 (Institute for People, Place & Possibility) is a social venture serving to improve the understanding of, investment in, and action toward the vitality of people, places and the natural environment. IP3 provides next generation tools and skills to help organizations, communities, and governments translate data, experience and stories into new possibilities, wise decision-making and more effective results.
The National Civic League (NCL)
The National Civic League is a 110-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Denver. Best known for the annual All-America City Awards, NCL also works directly with communities to foster cross-sector collaboration and grass roots problem solving. Check out their New Civic Index!
Prevention Institute is a non-profit national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. Primary prevention means taking action to build resilience and to prevent problems before they occur. The Institute's work is characterized by a strong commitment to community participation and promotion of equitable health outcomes among all social and economic groups. Since its founding in 1997, the organization has focused on injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth development. Please visit them at www.preventioninstitute.org and www.eatbettermovemore.org.
The Public Health Institute
(PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to improving health and health care, RWJF supports training, education, research and projects that demonstrate effective ways to deliver health services, especially for the most vulnerable among us.
Search Institute collaborates with others to promote long-term organizational and cultural change that supports the healthy development of all children and adolescents.
The Sustainable Communities Network
The Sustainable Communities Network links citizens to resources and one another in creating healthy, vital and sustainable communities. A rich resource.
VHA, Inc. is a nationwide network of community-owned health care systems and their physicians.
WK Kellogg Foundation
WK Kellogg Foundation is a leading philanthropy with the mission to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.
YMCA of the USA
YMCA of the USA Together, the nation's 2,594 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organization in America, working to meet the health and human service needs of 20.1 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs are at the heart of community life across the country: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA.