All children should have the opportunity to thrive in healthy environments

Our goal is to work with communities around the country to promote child health and wellbeing and center health equity. We know healthy environments can look different, and our data-driven and equitable approach empowers communities to do what works, equipping them with the tools, evidence, and insights they need to make lasting change.

Our Process

Catalyzing Communities, a ChildObesity180 initiative, develops deep and meaningful relationships with community partners, and helps them mobilize a core group of multisector community leaders to improve the health of their community. We use facilitation and evaluation techniques grounded in systems science and help our partner communities visualize the complexities of their unique challenges to identify high-impact opportunities for change.

In 2024, our community partners created videos to show the impact our work has had in their communities. Hear from some of our partners about the ways that our combined efforts have been able to strengthen community bonds and provide a pathway forward for healthier living. 

existing network

Learn more about the other communities where Catalyzing Communities is already making a difference in the lives of children and families.


children living in 10 partner communities across the country

partnerships organizations and research institutions nationwide

changemakers and stakeholders engaged nationwide

research papers published to advance the field