Please see below for resources organized by group and organization. Groups and organizations are listed in alphabetical order. If you have you know of an organization or group that you believe would be a good addition to this list, please email Elizabeth Hartig.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning.
Active Living Research
Their mission is to work with governments, the private sector, and advocacy groups to apply the lessons of research to building great communities.
Alliance for Biking and Walking
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is a coalition of over 200 groups throughout North America that creates, strengthens, and unites state and local bicycling and walking advocacy organizations. We give advocates tools to win campaigns that transform communities into great places to bike and walk.
American Council on Exercise
ACE’s mission is to ensure people have access to well-qualified health and fitness professionals and health coaches, and science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity, so they may get active, establish healthy behaviors, and live their most fit lives.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association aims to improve the lives of all Americans. They are the the nation’s leader in CPR education training. They help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. They educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.
American Hiking Society
American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. They also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone.
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.
American Planning Association
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
American Public Health Association
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ASTHO strives to transform public health within states and territories to help members dramatically improve health and wellness
Build Healthy Places Network
The Build Healthy Places Network catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors and works to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.
California Planning Roundtable
The California Planning Roundtable (CPR) advances planning practice and influences policy through innovation and leadership to create healthy, prosperous and equitable communities. CPR is a resource for policy exploration, innovation and development for California planning to enhance the sustainability, equity and livability of California communities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.
ChangeLab Solutions provides community-based solutions for America’s most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. The solutions promote the common good by making healthier choices easier for everyone.
Coalitions Work is a consulting group dedicated to serving public and private clients throughout the world. Visit their website for an extensive list of coalition building resources.
Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. We provide public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so you can thoroughly explore community health.
Congress for New Urbanism
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique and authentic. CNU’s mission is to help build those places.
Designed to Move
Designed to Move is a call-to-action supported by a community of public, private, and civil sector organizations dedicated to ending the growing epidemic of physical inactivity.
Directors of Health Promotion and Education
Building on principles and practices of health promotion and education, DHPE strengthens public health capacity in policy and in systems change to improve the health of all and achieve health equity.
eXtension is an Internet-based collaborative environment where Land Grant University content providers exchange objective, research-based knowledge to solve real challenges in real time.
Growing Food Connections
The overarching goal of this partnership is to enhance community food security while ensuring sustainable and economically viable agriculture and food production. This requires building the capacity of local governments to remove public policy barriers and deploy innovative public policy tools.
Healthy Corner Stores Network
The Healthy Corner Stores Network supports efforts to increase the availability and sales of healthy, affordable foods through small-scale stores in under-served communities.
Healthy Food Bank Hub
The Healthy Food Bank Hub supports efforts to increase access to healthful foods and promote nutrition and wellness throughout the Feeding America network. The Hub provides a platform to share pertinent information, strategies and tools while also showcasing innovative and promising practices that help connect efforts around hunger-relief, nutrition, and health.
Human Impact Partners
Human Impact Partners challenges the inequities that harm the health of our communities. Through research, advocacy, and capacity building, we help organizations and public agencies who work with low-income communities and communities of color understand the effects of current or proposed projects and policies on community health. And we help them use this information to take action.
Institute of Medicine
The IOM’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future
Our work is driven by the concept that public health, diet, food production and the environment are deeply interrelated and that understanding these relationships is crucial in pursuing a livable future.
The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. Bicycling in Massachusetts is a safe, respected, convenient, and enjoyable way to get around. People of all kinds and means choose to bicycle for life, work, and play.
This resource is the Urban Institute’s report card and toolkit for researchers, students, journalists, elected officials and the public on the state of metropolitan economies.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501c(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 623 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs.
National Association of City Transportation Officials
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) represents large cities on transportation issues of local, regional and national significance.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.
National Center for Cultural Competence
The NCCC provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education, and advocacy.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
NCHPAD is the premier resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan.NCHPAD’s features a variety of resources and services which can benefit all ages and populations.
National Complete Streets Coalition – and other Complete Streets resources
Complete Streets integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.
National WIC Association
The National WIC Association (NWA) is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the over 8 million mothers and young children served by WIC and the 12,000 service provider Agencies who are the front lines of WIC’s public health nutrition services for the nation’s nutritionally at-risk mothers and young children.
Prevention Institute maintains a core focus on promoting health equity and primary emphases include preventing violence, traffic injuries, and chronic disease.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs throughout the nation which are working to build a Culture of Health.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership and resources
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.
Smart Growth America
Smart Growth American advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. Our coalition works with communities to fight sprawl and save money. We are making America’s neighborhoods great together.
Smart Growth Network
The Smart Growth Network works to encourage development that boost the economy, enhances community vitality and protects the environment through its network of partners. This website features an extensive array of smart growth-related news, events, information, research, presentations, and publications.
Society for Public Health Education
SOPHE promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and healthy environments through its membership, its network of local chapters, and its numerous partnerships with other organizations. SOPHE members work in elementary/secondary schools, universities, voluntary organizations, health care settings, worksites, and local/state/federal government agencies.
The Food Trust
The Food Trust’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we’ve developed a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.
Trust for America’s Health
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. By focusing on PREVENTION, PROTECTION, and COMMUNITIES, TFAH is leading the fight to make disease prevention a national priority, from Capitol Hill to Main Street.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
This foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how our free enterprise system improves society and the economy. The Foundation conducts research and produces events on issues facing business now and in the future. Through its initiatives, the Foundation builds skills, drives innovation, and encourages growth.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.
Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.
USHHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) leads efforts to improve the health of all Americans.
WalkBoston is a non-profit pedestrian advocacy organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Founded in 1990, our goal is to make walking and pedestrian needs a basic part of the transportation discussion.