...is a network of individuals and partner organizations dedicated to building healthy
and whole communities.
...A place that has good schools; good jobs; plenty of parks; bikable/walkable routes; efficient public transport; sustainable growth; access to quality healthcare; a vibrant arts and cultural life; a locally-driven economy; and where people from different backgrounds join to solve problems, work, laugh, and do life together.
...A community that is continuously creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources that enable people to mutually support each other and maximize everyone's potential.
What Determines Our Health? (Read More..)
Whole simply means containing all components; complete; not divided or disjointed; acting together; restored; healed; well; sound; healthy; entire; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; integral…
Acting from and for the whole is challenging: As humans, part of our default mode is naturally self-centered - we tend to see and interpret everything through this lens of self. Our daily and civic discourse usually reinforces this default mode. Our “discussions,” a word whose roots mean to “break apart,” can reinforce conversations where we hold onto and defend our self-centered view. It is when we move into a mode of Dialogue that we can begin to see the Whole. (Read More About Dialogue...)
A community is a group of people, often living in a defined geographic area, who are connected by culture, values and/or norms, and who share common struggles and dreams. "Community" includes neighborhoods, towns, regions, workplaces, schools, faith and interest groups, associations and virtual networks.
How do we get healthy and whole communities? It is people working in groups - collaboratively - that has the greatest potential, the most leverage, for creating the conditions (see determinants) that lead to health and wholeness. It is an ongoing process and commitment made up of intentional choices and actions. CI exists to help people work together to build healthy, whole communities. (Read more About CI.)
CI Relocates to CO
In January 2013, CI relocated our office from Columbia, MO to Fort Collins, CO. We are excited to connect with the active community in Fort Collins and look forward to many sunny years on the Front Range. As part of our new office, Katherine Henry joined the CI team in February of 2013 and will serve as the administrative coordinator.
The CI team is grateful for several new projects in 2013. Locally we began to work with the LiveWell Colorado team in Denver. Outside of Colorado, we enjoy work with the state of Washington, Tacoma-Pierce County, San Diego, Birmingham, Nashville, Y-USA’s Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities, Kaiser Permanente, and The Weight of the Nation kid’s series. We continue to partner with the Institute for People, Place & Possibility (IP3) as they launch a new Community Health Needs Assessment tool.
Although it is hard to believe, this website is 5 years old. We have long recognized the need to update the site but have been busy relocating the office and working on new and interesting projects. We are excited to announce that we are now in the process of developing a new site. We hope to launch the new site by summer of 2013. We look forward to sharing updated information on our team, projects, and vision.
President, Community Initiatives