California Convergence →
Developed in 2007 and funded in January 2008, the California Convergence (CA Convergence) initially emerged as a community-driven, statewide collaborative made up of communities representing seven different initiatives developed by six major health funders. In late 2010, CA Convergence experienced a transformational shift in its governance from funders to community leaders. The resulting Steering Committee, made up of local leaders from across California, now governs and guides CA Convergence. CA Convergence's vision is that California residents have the power and the partnerships to collectively build equitable, safe, and healthy communities where every person participates and prospers. Their efforts are grounded in the larger goal of promoting social justice, health in all policies, and equity. Advancing health equity is at the core of CA Convergence's vision.
Collaboration and Infrastructure
CA Convergence has three organizational levels: (1) seven regional organizing groups; (2) a Steering Committee composed of four representatives from each of the regional organizing groups; and (3) Statewide Coordinating and Technical Assistance Partners. CA Convergence community leaders and partners are supported by a variety of funders. The California Endowment (TCE) and Kaiser Permanente (KP) fund the CA Convergence Coordinating Office to manage CA Convergence overall efforts. KP funds the California Pan Ethnic Health Network to guide CA Convergence policy advocacy activities. In February 2013, CA Convergence received a Convergence Partnership grant to recruit and engage additional funding partners in two of the regional organizing groups.
Strategies and Activities
This network is guided by a strategic plan providing a five-year vision, and a two-year action plan with specific goals and strategic directions to implement community-driven, collaborative environmental change approaches.
- At the local level, CA Convergence supports community leaders by sharing resources, offering training and connecting them with colleagues across the state.
- At the regional level, CA Convergence provides a space for individuals and organizations to address common challenges, learn from each other, and build alliances that have lasting impact.
- At the state level, CA Convergence comes together to advocate for policies that are making a real difference in people's lives. CA Convergence has already won important victories on transportation planning, Safe Routes to Schools, and access to healthy foods.
Lisa Hershey, Program Director, California Convergence Coordinating Office, Public Health Institute firstname.lastname@example.org