The Promise of the North Star Architecture Initiative

  The historical record shows that public health policies are the most effective way to address and prevent the kinds of population-wide health crises we are currently living through. But policies can only work if they bear the fingerprints of collaborating government bodies while also reflecting the needs and voices of people with lived experiences.   The Role of Public Policy Public policy can affect communities and public health in tangible ways. Namely, regulations buil...
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ARPA Funding Navigator: A Boon to Public Health

Public health is a collective, political matter, which makes policy and funding the primary tools for health improvement. This simple recognition renders the Georgia Health Policy Center’s ARPA funding navigator an invaluable contribution to American public health.   Why Policy Matters Physical well-being is health. But health isn’t just about physical well-being. Housing, financial security, green spaces in your neighborhood, and many other factors play a crucial role in your over...
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Making a Change to Advance Community Health, Part Two: Building Foundation with Communities

The DASH Framework describes the most important landmarks we need to consider within the landscape of data sharing as we work to improve the well-being of people and their communities. Our first landmark? Building trust with the community.   The DASH Framework Data can show how social and health factors are connected, so we may use that knowledge to inform policies and practices that contribute to better health and racial equity in the nation. However, organizations that engage in ...
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Making a Change to Advance Community Health, Part One: Why Start with Trust

    Collecting and sharing data to design measures that make people healthier sounds like a straightforward concept. Yet, anyone who’s ever set out to do this work knows that there are myriad complicated factors to consider along the way. Arguably, the most important among them is building trust with the community that the data-sharing work is meant to benefit.   Distrust in Technocracy American public health, and politics in general, represents a type of governance...
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The Merits of Affinity Groups, Part Three: How to Start Your Own Affinity Group

  By definition, collecting and exchanging data across different sectors to improve the health of people is a collaborative process. Peer learning groups, or ‘affinity groups’, are a great way to begin or develop that process. So, here’s how you can start your own affinity group.   All In Affinity Groups In our previous posts, we’ve made a case for the benefits of peer learning by examining the All In network’s Affinity Groups in greater detail. In case you haven’t read our po...
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