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  • Collaborative Progress!

    As you may know, the Communities of Excellence 2026 staff, board and our many wonderful supporters and volunteers have been focusing much of our attention lately on developing a National Learning Collaborative of communities to ... more

  • How COE fits with existing community work

    By Kruse Scholar Amy Jones Back in January, my fellow Kruse Scholar, Andrea Stoesz, wrote about smaller, but effective models that mirror many aspects of Communities of Excellence and are currently being used by public ... more

  • March 9th – The Role of Values-based Leadership

    On March 9th we will be hosting our fifth and final Learning Lab with the HealthDoers Network:  The Role of Values-Based Leadership:  Starting the Community Conversation.  For me, it has been an incredible learning experience. ... more

  • It’s Not What You Think

    By Kruse Scholar Bianca Nguyen In talking about Communities of Excellence thus far, it has been almost impossible to forgo mentioning the communities across the United States who are struggling with poverty, health disparities, and ... more

  • Communities of Excellence and the Spatial Fix

    By Kruse Scholar Amy Jones When we look around the country at the racial and wealth distribution in various neighborhoods, it is obvious that the vast majority of the US remains highly segregated along racial ... more

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