Communities are stronger together.
Northwest Health Foundation supports Community Collaboratives working together to advocate for their children's health.
Northwest Health Foundation values the resiliency of communities, their ability to recover and persevere even while confronting adversity. We know strong community connections, friends and family are essential for resiliency, navigating life's challenges and prospering.
So is a place at the decision-making table.
Communities need the power and resources to sit at that table, to help dispel beliefs and practices that do not produce results, and to help shape those that do. From local school boards to the state legislature, parents and families should have a voice. When communities are able to invest in developing leadership and advocacy skills, they can make a bigger and longer lasting impact.
What We're Doing
We're supporting ten Community Collaboratives for five years, from 2016 through 2020. During each grant year, the Community Collaboratives will convene for gatherings to build relationships; learn essential concepts about childhood and health, policy and advocacy; develop leadership skills and decide how they want to work together on a shared advocacy agenda. Between gatherings, Collaboratives will continue to build relationships with each other and within their communities, learn, and engage in advocacy efforts toward healthier kids and communities.
The Ten Collaboratives
APANO VOTE Network, led by Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Eastern Oregon Latino Alliance for Children and Families, led by EUVALCREE
Healthy CAPACES, led by Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures, led by Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington
Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project, led by Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
La Voz de la Comunidad, led by Lower Columbia Hispanic Council
Let's Talk Diversity Coalition, led by Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
Racial Equity Agenda, led by Coalition of Communities of Color
Successful Transitions: Integrated Care for Children, Youth and their Families, led by Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon
Youth Equity Collaborative, led by Momentum Alliance
What We'll Accomplish Together
By 2020, we will:
- Improve childhood health through community engagement and collaborative action.
- Strengthen a movement. Build strong alliances and practical skills to work across differences and multicultural communities to achieve common goals.
- Lead. Strengthen and connect leaders to build power and resources for improving health.
- Make it important. Work to make these community experiences important for institutions, elected officials and stakeholders.
- Tell our stories. Share the visions and experiences of resilient communities confronting health inequities.