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New Community Resources and Websites

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Help counties throughout the U.S. mobilize and take action to create healthier places to live, work, and play. Includes a checklist of various tools to help groups work together.

The County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what’s making people sick or healthy, but understanding your county’s rankings is only one component of improving your community’s health. It shows what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

The Roadmaps to Health Acton Center provides tools to help groups working together to create healthier places to live, learn and work.

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Community Commons

Advancing the Movement – An interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities movement. Users have access to all kinds of tools and information.  One highlight is the searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities – funded by government and private philanthropy – complete with text & video narratives on “what’s working.

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Rural, Tribal, and Small Town Sustainability

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Part of HUD’s Sustainable Communities Resource Center, this topic area describes strategies that communities are developing to improve their environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Offers publications and reports, tools and toolkits, plus sample programs and initiatives for rural, tribal and small town sustainability.

Rural communities across America are working to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life and build on assets such as traditional main streets, agricultural and working lands, and natural resources. Smaller communities, tribal governments and rural regions are developing new models of sustainability.

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