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Improving Population Health by Working with Communities: Action Guide

This guide from the National Quality Forum is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success. The guide is intentionally brief and written in plain language to be as accessible as possible for all types of stakeholders at the local, state, regional, and national levels to take action. Download the action guide... Read more

Community Heart & Soul: Field Guide

This Field Guide distills twenty years of experience working with small cities and towns into a step-by-step process and a kit of resources to equip leaders, staff, and volunteers with everything they need to design and deliver the Heart & Soul method in their community. This Field Guide is an overview of the Orton Family Foundation’s four-phase method that breaks the process down into management steps and tasks to help you get the job done. It is a roadmap to... Read more

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management

This new resource from the Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a guidebook on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity, as well as how to integrate these measurements into their planning and investment decisions. This guidebook might also be useful to elected and civic leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who wish to work with transportation agencies to address these important priorities. Learn more... Read more

New Design Guide Helps Planners Hack Tactical Urbanism

Literature on and toolkits for tactical urbanism have proliferated over the past decade, but the Street Plans Collaborative — authors of the popular book Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change — felt there was still a need for nittier, grittier guidance. The group’s new 132-page online publication, “The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design,” dives into the details of pop-up urbanism: when to use tape or paint or chalk, how to choose the right materials for temporary barriers,... Read more

How to Do Creative Placemaking

This free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. Read free ebook... Read more

Placemaking: What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking is a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm to maximize shared value. Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Learn more about Placemaking and how it can help transform public spaces in... Read more

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this guidebook with the sole purpose of providing essential information to homeowners as well as volunteers and workers who restore homes damaged by disasters. Based on the principle link between health and housing, proper post-disaster restoration is particularly important for families who have already experienced a potentially traumatic event. Poorly restored homes, due to lack of knowledge or pressure for a speedy rebuild, can create health hazards, and even make... Read more
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