Nationwide, communities are changing the way we think about health. Here in Baltimore, one outcome of the unrest that followed Freddie Gray's death is that it brought to light many issues that are emblematic of our nation's changing view of community health such as neighborhood design, access to health services and lead poisoning. Every day, those working in public health lay the groundwork for a healthier (dare I say the healthiest?) nation. Progress in public health becomes tenuous, however, as we continue down a path of budget cuts and unstable funding.