Collaborating for Healthy Communities

To improve the well-being of people, families, and communities, we will need multiple organizations, sectors, and leaders to come together and engage in meaningful collaborations that address the many complex social drivers of health and well-being.

We believe these collaborations must include the people who are most impacted by the issues we aim to address in the development of new solutions. We also believe that in order for significant change to occur and be sustained, it has to be funded differently.

We know that this work won’t be easy, and it will take greater trust, accountability, and a commitment to shared outcomes. But we also know that true progress cannot be achieved alone. When we integrate the sectors and systems that support the health and safety of our communities, we can achieve more.

By connecting multiple systems and movements, and bringing more players and voices to the table, we can build a brighter and healthier future for generations to come.

Collaboration gives us a bigger toolbox from which we can pull to tackle and transform deeply-rooted issues such as community violence and trauma. To that end, the Foundation is bringing people and programs together to develop and test innovative approaches and establish the fundamental elements that allow partnerships to thrive.

Shifting to a broader, community-wide collaborative model is critical to generating the change California needs to reach more people in our most vulnerable communities. We are building upon the successes of smaller partnerships and lessons already learned as we embark on this new path, and redefining what collaboration looks like and can be.

By focusing on integration and partnership, we can tap into one of the key characteristics of collaboration – flexibility. This flexibility will allow collaborations to expand or retract, as needed, and adjust in response to the unique needs of their community. It also allows them to reshape and reorient existing and traditional ways of thinking and work together to help break down silos. We believe it is this flexibility and strength in partnership that can solve the complex and seemingly intractable problems that continue to determine health, safety, and well-being.  

Through new opportunities, we hope to:

  • Learn how to design, support, and scale collaborations to address multiple social issues and empower communities;
  • Learn what type, role, and division of public and private support is needed to sustain community-led collaborations; and
  • Determine how collaborations can be most effective in disrupting the cycle of domestic violence and curtailing the many drivers of poor health.

By connecting multiple systems and movements, and bringing more players and voices to the table, we can build a brighter and healthier future for generations to come.