From large cities to small towns, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working to eliminate barriers to healthy choices, and help communities create or expand upon the types of systems that many of the healthiest places have in common. For instance:
- Local policies that encourage healthy living, and make it easy to sustain a healthy lifestyle;
- Services that connect people to quality health care, transportation, housing, child care, after-school activities, and other critical supports;
- Access to educational and job opportunities that enable residents to support themselves and their families;
- Networks of individuals within and across communities who appreciate the many factors which shape health—and want make a difference.
Bringing about these kinds of changes requires the engagement of all sectors of a community—from government and policymakers, to business owners and civic groups, to parents and volunteers. It takes a lot of hard work. But across America, these changes are happening, and communities are transforming in ways that help put better health within everyone’s reach.