July 2021

We Stand For Prevention And Equity

Overview

We Stand for Prevention and Equity is a declaration of the Partnership’s commitment to prevention and equity — just and fair inclusion into a society where all can participate, prosper, and achieve their full potential–to achieve its vision of Healthy People, Healthy Places.  

July 2021

Investing in Grassroots Organizing for Racial and Health Equity: A Case Study and Recommendations for Funders

Overview

Creating healthy and sustainable communities of opportunity requires changing systems and structures to center the priorities and well-being of low-income communities of color. This report chronicles the story of how the Convergence Partnership, after more than 10 years into its tenure, learned to lean into the leadership of local advocates and embrace the power of grassroots organizing. It illustrates how a small and “risky” investment in an early-stage organizing effort supported the priorities and needs of low-income people and communities of color across California. Drawing from a series of interviews with equity advocates and organizers in California, as well as affiliated funders with deep experience in supporting grassroots advocacy, this report includes recommendations for other funders seeking ways to strategically advance health equity through policy and environmental change. Download the report.

August 2021

Beyond Recovery: Policy Recommendations to Prevent Evictions and Promote Housing Security in Santa Fe

Overview

Beyond Recovery presents solutions to keep Santa Fe families housed through the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. It describes 15 actions the city can take to create a more equitable housing system for all residents. It charts the immediate steps necessary to stop current evictions and prevent a flood of evictions as local, state, and federal eviction moratoria lift; codify tenant protections for the long term, and invest in a long-term equitable recovery that addresses the structural roots of our housing crisis.

This report is a collaboration between PolicyLink; Chainbreaker Collective; and Homes For All, a project of Right To The City Alliance. It is the third in a series on evictions in the Covid-19 era; the previous two reports were written as collaborations between Human Impact Partners and Chainbreaker Collective.

August 2021

Advocating For Equity in California’s Housing Crisis

Overview

In California, a statewide network of racial and economic justice organizations are placing the housing needs of low-income communities of color at the center of efforts to advance housing justice.

Read the profile to learn more about the experiences and impacts of this work from the perspectives of the community members, grassroots and community organizations, and funder partners involved.

August 2021

Lifting Up Community in Chicago

Overview

In Chicago, a network of neighborhood groups is challenging the combined forces of neglect and gentrification pressuring Black and Brown communities to leave valuable neighborhoods near transit hubs.

Read the profile to learn more about the experiences and impacts of this work from the perspectives of the community members, grassroots and community organizations, and funder partners involved.

August 2021

Getting Ahead of Lead in Western New York

Overview

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is working alongside their grassroots partners to apply a racial equity analysis and support community organizing to elevate the voices and experiences of community residents of color and address lead in housing.

Read the profile to learn more about the experiences and impacts of this work from the perspectives of the community members, grassroots and community organizations, and funder partners involved.

August 2021

Community First and Forever in the San Joaquin Valley

Overview

In California’s San Joaquin Valley, over 150 community partners and funders are working together to build and advance a racial and health equity agenda based on the priorities of community members.

Read the profile to learn more about the experiences and impacts of this work from the perspectives of the community members, grassroots and community organizations, and funder partners involved.

August 2021

Poverty, Policy, and Public Attitudes in Greater Kansas City

Overview

In Greater Kansas City, community organizers are engaging neighborhood residents to gather stories and policy priorities to shape the regional discourse around food access and food security while artists are creating works that challenge pervasive racialized narratives about government food programs.

Read the profile to learn more about the experiences and impacts of this work from the perspectives of the community members, grassroots and community organizations, and funder partners involved.

July 2021

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August 2021

Fighting for Equity in a Changing Louisiana

Overview

From the Gulf Coast to the Northeastern reaches of the state, the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER initiative supports community power by training community residents most impacted by structural racism to advocate for policy solutions to address climate change, community development, and more.

Read the profile to learn more about the experiences and impacts of this work from the perspectives of the community members, grassroots and community organizations, and funder partners involved.

July 2012

Innovation Fund Information Webinar - July

Overview

This informational webinar will provide details about the Innovation Fund application process. The Convergence Partnership invites local and regional philanthropic institutions to submit proposals that will support the launch of new grant making initiatives designed to enhance the built environment and/or expand healthy food access in low-income communities and communities of color in order to improve health and promote equity. The Innovation Fund provides 50 percent matching dollars, up to $200,000 total, for a three-year period. The goal is to engage philanthropic institutions in creating robust and sustainable support for multi-field, policy and environmental change efforts emphasizing equity and community partnership.

Featured Speakers:

  • Shireen Malekafzali, Associate Director, PolicyLink
  • Catherine Collen, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The Tides Foundation
  • Justine Choy, Director of Grantmaking

 

View the entire powerpoint presentation here.

The Health Trust Click here for answers to questions that webinar participants submitted via the chat function and that we were unable to answer during the live session.

June 2012

Innovation Fund Information Webinar - June

Overview

This informational webinar will provide details about the Innovation Fund application process. The Convergence Partnership invites local and regional philanthropic institutions to submit proposals that will support the launch of new grant making initiatives designed to enhance the built environment and/or expand healthy food access in low-income communities and communities of color in order to improve health and promote equity. The Innovation Fund provides 50 percent matching dollars, up to $200,000 total, for a three-year period. The goal is to engage philanthropic institutions in creating robust and sustainable support for multi-field, policy and environmental change efforts emphasizing equity and community partnership.

Featured Speakers:

  • Shireen Malekafzali, Associate Director, PolicyLink (powerpoint)
  • Catherine Collen, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The Tides Foundation (powerpoint)
  • Curt McPhail, Program Officer, Mary Black Foundation (powerpoint)

 

Click here for answers to questions that webinar participants submitted via the chat function and that we were unable to answer during the live session.

Convergence Partnership Theory of Change Webinar

Overview

The Convergence Partnership catalyzes investments and action with a high aim—to create transformational change to achieve its vision of Healthy People, Healthy Places.

A theory of change describes the process of the transformation. This webinar will provide an overview of the Partnership’s theory of change and illustrate the destinations of progress and the route to travel on the way to actualizing its vision.

April 2011

Let's Move And Convergence Web Learning Session

Overview

Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation by creating a healthy start for children; empowering parents and caregivers; providing healthy food in schools; improving access to healthy, affordable foods; and increasing physical activity. This webinar is an opportunity to learn about the Let’s Move initiative from the Executive Director of the national Let’s Move! initiative, Robin Schepper and about local efforts of LiveWell Colorado, a regional convergence partner, from its vice president Lisa Walvoord. It gave participants the opportunity to share their efforts in advancing place-based, multi-field, equity-focused policy and environmental change across the country; discussed how these efforts can be better connected; and where potential opportunities to work together at local, regional, and national levels.

Featured Speakers:

  • Robin Schepper, Executive Director, Let’s Move Initiative (powerpoint)
  • Lisa Walvoord, Vice President, Live Well Colorado (powerpoint)

May 2010

Successful Partnerships: Strategies For Multi-Field And Cross-Sector Collaborations

Overview

Health and place are inextricably linked. People are healthy when the places they live in support health. But the systems that shape communities and health are complex, from how food is grown, processed, distributed, and sold to how neighborhoods are built to the transportation systems that serve them. Creating healthy, equitable communities requires the broad expertise and influence of funders, advocates, and practitioners working across multiple fields to change these systems. This webinar explored the importance of engaging partners that extend beyond health. We heard about initiatives that involve collaboration across a broad spectrum of fields, including health, urban planning, transportation, food and sustainable agriculture, and community/economic development.

Featured Speakers:

  • David D. Fukuzawa, Program Director, Kresge Foundation (powerpoint)
  • Chetrice Gillon, Special Project Launch Manager, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Bureau of Substance, Prevention Treatment and Recovery (powerpoint)
  • Jill Fuglister, Co-Director, Coalition for a Livable Future (powerpoint)

April 2010

Utilizing Environmental And Policy Change Strategies

Overview

People thrive when they earn living wages and live in communities with parks and playgrounds, grocery stores selling nutritious food, and neighbors who know one another. Without a healthy environment, people are more likely to suffer from obesity or one of the many chronic diseases plaguing the United States: diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Preventing disease and creating healthy neighborhoods requires change. Advocates from various fields are beginning to see how their work can enhance progress in other fields, and how their efforts can foster policy and environmental changes that help families and children lead healthier lives. In this webinar, we explored what it means to implement environmental and policy change strategies. Each panelists discussed innovative strategies they are implementing to create healthy communities. They touched on the successes and challenges to such efforts, and offered lessons learned.

Featured Speakers:

  • Loel Solomon, Community Health Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente (powerpoint)
  • Rajiv Bhatai, San Francisco Department of Public Health (powerpoint)
  • Yael Lehmann, The Food Trust (powerpoint)

May 2010

Prevention and Public Health Fund Letter

Overview

The CEO's of the Partnerships organizations submitted a letter of recommendations to Secretary Sebelius about the Prevention Fund.

August 2009

Public CEO Letter

Overview

This letter was released by CEO's of the Partnership's member organizations and addresses the need for prevention measures in health care reform.

August 2009

Leading National Foundations and Health-Care Organizations Make Unprecedented Call for Investment in Prevention: Public CEO Letter

Overview

Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Convergence Partnership released an unprecedented statement from the CEOs of member organizations to address the urgent need for prevention measures in health care reform.

April 2009

Recommendations for the Prevention and Wellness Funds

Overview

A PolicyLink and Prevention Institute memo with recommendations for spending wellness funds in the Recovery Act of 2009.