Our Work in Action

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
– Joel A. Barker
In 2012, CommonHealth ACTION developed a toolkit to accompany the NAACP’s newly released report, Misplaced Priorities, on the issue of over-incarceration, the cost of the prison system on a national level, and the adverse impact…
In the U.S., good health—both at the individual and community level—is typically defined as the absence of disease.Even prevention and health promotion efforts most often focus on preventing or mitigating chronic conditions and illness. CommonHealth…
The YMCA of the USA’s (Y-USA) initiative, Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC), engages community leaders, convened by Ys, in policy and environmental change efforts that support and promote healthy lifestyles. There are currently 118 Ys and…
The Syringe Access Fund is a collaborative funding initiative of the Irene Diamond Fund, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation and the National AIDS Fund. The Syringe Access Fund was created in 2004 to…
On February 16, 2012, CommonHealth ACTION convened a roundtable of leaders and stakeholders from the non-profit sector, community-based organizations, academia, government, the telecommunications sector, and a premier research institute to discuss technology’s role in creating…
CommonHealth ACTION once again partnered with W.K. Kellogg Foundation staff in the preparation and implementation of the Foundation's 2nd annual America Healing Conference. CHA worked with members of the WKKF Racial Equity team to develop…
CommonHealth ACTION lead a two-year effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a model for economic intervention for low-income African Americans, designed not only to strengthen individuals’ financial capability, but also…
CommonHealth ACTION has partnered with the NAACP’s Health Programs Department once more to develop materials for their HIV social justice initiative focused on Black Faith Leaders. CHA staff participated in several meetings with the NAACP’s…
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is currently taking steps to enhance the quality of programs and services they provide by seeking national public health accreditation. CommonHealth ACTION has partnered with MSDH to assist…
CommonHealth ACTION worked with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS) to support the development of an equity initiative within the county. In 2014, CommonHealth ACTION worked with MCDHHS in the creation…