Tell us a little bit about your organization.
Active Living By Design (ALBD) advances community-led action with evidence-informed, practice-based strategies to ensure health and well-being for all. We are strategic thoughtful partners for developing inclusive, cohesive, and resilient community health initiatives focused on equity. We believe in the power of people to shape their communities into healthier places to live. At local, regional, state, and national scales, we help communities turn effort into action by honoring and amplifying their unique contexts, cultures, and assets. Drawing on our experience working with hundreds of communities, we ensure that investments of time, energy, and funding lead to a sustained culture of health and well-being.
Explain your partnership with Care Share in 3-5 sentences.
We partner with Care Share to support the Community Centered Health (CCH) Initiative of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. The initiative aims to advance prevention and improve population health in North Carolina through collaborative efforts by community members and the health care and community-based organizations that serve them. As an integrated team with Care Share, we’ve provided training, coaching, “action learning”, and a learning network for NC-based communities experimenting with CCH approaches. Our joint work emphasizes: community capacity building with a strong emphasis on community engagement and resident leadership development, a shift in clinical practice to emphasize social determinants of health and integrate with community improvement efforts, and policy, environmental and systems approaches to sustainable community change.
What inspires or motivates you/your organization to partner with Care Share?
We’ve learned a lot about the health care safety net in NC from Care Share, and Linda Kinney has been a skilled, flexible, reliable and fun partner throughout our almost three years working together. Since our values overlap a lot and our skills are complementary, we’d love to find more health equity and clinical-community coordination projects to work on together in the future.