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Inaugural Issue: Read a message from Rippel’s new President and CEO, Becky Payne; learn how the federal government is adopting the vital conditions framework to advance health and well-being; see how a group of stewards are centering community in Fox Cities, Wisconsin; and listen to Season 2 of the Unsung Stewards podcast.

Dear Friends,

We’re excited to share the first issue of our newsletter—The Rippel Effect! This quarterly newsletter will serve as a way to connect, share stories of stewardship, and exchange resources as we all work together to grow the movement for equitable health and well-being. In this inaugural issue, we share news from Rippel, inspiring stories of people and places thriving together, and more.

We welcome your input—send us an email with your news, events, and resources for consideration to include in our next issue. We wish you health, prosperity, and joy in 2023.
Rippel News and Updates

Leadership Transition

On January 1, Rippel welcomed Becky Payne as its new President and CEO, and Alan Lieber as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Health Care Strategist. The transition followed the planned retirement of Rippel’s long-time President and CEO Laura Landy, who is now President Emerita and Senior Fellow. Read Becky’s reflections on her transition and her thoughts on what’s coming up for Rippel in 2023 and beyond.

70 Years of The Rippel Foundation

This year marks the 70th anniversary of The Rippel Foundation. Today a foundation with one core purpose—to be a catalyst for an equitable future for health and well-being—Rippel is poised to implement an ambitious new strategic roadmap that will further our 70-year journey. We’ll be sharing more about the roadmap throughout the year, so stay tuned.

Funding for Community Organizations Advancing
the Vital Conditions

As a nonprofit operating foundation, Rippel is committed to working with and supporting organizations that are striving for transformative change. This year, we are excited to be providing unrestricted grants to nine organizations that are improving the health and well-being of the communities they serve. Each of these organizations embodies the principles and culture of stewardship and is working to advance the vital conditions that we all need to thrive. Learn more about each organization here.

Stories of Stewardship

Building Community and Belonging in Fox Cities

At a time when polarization and fragmentation intensify across the U.S., the people of Fox Cities, Wisconsin, are working to create an inclusive community where everyone can thrive. It’s countercultural, and it’s working. Imagine Fox Cities, a transpartisan, volunteer-based community initiative, is bringing together residents of all ideologies, races, incomes, and ages, from across sectors including business and government, to build belonging and improve well-being for all residents of Fox Cities. Check out the story of Imagine Fox Cities on this multimedia platform.

Unsung Stewards Podcast: Explore Season 2

Powerful stories of real-life stewards are fueling a movement to achieve equitable health and well-being for all. In Season 2 of our Unsung Stewards podcast, four stewards share their experiences advocating for people with disabilities, transgender individuals, Indigenous populations, and food justice. Tune in to hear what these changemakers are doing to help their communities thrive.

In Case You Missed It
Federal Government Adopts Vital Conditions Framework for Health and Well-Being
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion released the plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience (ELTRR) in November 2022. With commitments from over 40 federal agencies, this landmark interagency plan represents a revolutionary redesign of our government’s approach to improve the health and well-being of Americans.
The plan orients federal action and funding around the seven interrelated vital conditions that are essential for community health and well-being—a framework borne of Rippel’s ReThink Health initiative in partnership with thousands of contributors.

“This plan represents a sea change for how federal agencies work collaboratively and in partnership with civil society to truly serve communities,” said Rippel President and CEO Becky Payne, who served as the plan lead during her time in the federal government. Click here to read her full statement and learn more about how Rippel supported the development of the plan.
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