There are now a total of eight organizations on the steering committee of the Convergence Partnership: Ascension Health, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, The Kresge Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serves as the Partnership’s technical advisor. PolicyLink continues to act as the program director, and the Prevention Institute as strategic advisor. Together, we craft strategy, provide leadership, assess progress, and advance the Partnership’s vision of Healthy People, Healthy Places. The Tides Foundation manages grants made through the Convergence Partnership Fund at Tides. The Partnership also consists of a national Convergence network of over 80 local and regional foundations increasingly contributing to a cohesive, amplified convergence agenda that advances equity along with environmental and policy changes across the country.
For over 60 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. CDC is committed to forming new partnerships and seeking solutions to community-wide public health problems. The mission of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is to lead efforts that promote health and well-being through prevention and control of chronic diseases. Their major program areas include diabetes; healthy communities; healthy youth; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; heart disease; and health disparities, among others. Specifically, the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity aims to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition. In 2010, CDC awarded grants to communities, states, and territories across the country to support public health efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, reduce obesity, and decrease tobacco use — four critical actions to combat chronic disease and promote health. The projects are part of a comprehensive U.S. Department of Health and Human Services prevention and wellness initiative — Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) — created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. CPPW funding focuses on supporting communities to make the policy, environmental, and systems changes necessary for obesity and tobacco prevention. For more information visit, CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
For more information please see the Convergence Network page.