VIDEO: Build Healthy Places Network Video Snapshot

Allen was recently a guest on the Build Healthy Places Network’s new Video Snapshot Series hosted by Ashley Hernandez. During the interview they talked about the important contributions philanthropy brings to community development and health partnerships in rural areas, as well as philanthropy’s role in accelerating investments aimed at improving health and well-being in rural…

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Think About Rural America As A Place And Not As An Issue

It’s been well documented that rural America represents 97% of the land in the United States; 19% of the people, and some of the fastest (and slowest) growing places in the country. Rural economies that were founded on natural resources have changed and might now be similarly dependent on healthcare or government employment. Many rural…

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Why Playgrounds Matter In Rural America: Insights For Rural Donors And Funders

The neighborhood playground is a critical asset that helps make communities resilient places where kids can thrive and residents can connect. But in many rural communities across the country, factors like physical distance, countywide recreation policies, and the lack of a local tax base can limit children’s ability to access these spaces and the benefits…

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Rural Philanthropy As a Long-term Strategy — Advancing Health Podcast

Allen recently was a guest on the Advancing Health podcast with Joy Lewis, AHA vice president for strategic policy planning. They discussed the imperative for rural hospital leaders to develop long-term strategies where community engagement and philanthropy meet for the good of communities’ health. When properly positioned for the long-term, philanthropic relationships with both the…

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Helping America’s “Forgotten Places” Amid a Pandemic

A new project has provided hard data to back up a truth already known to many Southern funders: our region contains a disproportionate share of the nation’s most disadvantaged areas. Understanding Communities of Deep Disadvantage, released in January 2020 by researchers at the University of Michigan and Princeton University, combines health and economic data in…

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