What We Are Learning

Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative launched in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities with high rates of health inequities into places where all people and neighborhoods thrive.

We are pleased to share with you a variety of reports that describe the progress made, working in tandem with residents and community partners, to transform communities with the ultimate goal of a healthy, fair, and just California for all.

This 10-year reflections report highlights the four major Building Healthy Communities contributions to the health equity and racial justice movement in California and lessons for all who want to build upon and carry forward deep insights into our next decade of work.

This brief reports on TCE’s commitment to improved tracking, reporting, and transparency of TCE’s funding to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)-led organizations as shared in TCE’s Statement on Race and Racism

This report includes lessons learned and case examples from the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites of effective practices for building programs and systems that make health careers accessible to diverse and under-represented youth.

  • A Pivot to Power (2018) The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), USC

A Pivot to Power offers lessons learned from TCE’s shift from power building as a driver to supporting power building as a goal, with findings based on a multi-disciplinary review of academic and popular literature, surveys and interviews with organizers, funders, and intermediaries primarily from the 14 BHC communities

Highlights successes and challenges from BHC’s first five years of building people power capacity in its 14 places and provides recommendations for the final years of BHC.

(Sources:  review of six mid-point assessment reports)

Looks across six reports and pulls important and useful cross-cutting themes. The overall guiding questions for this summary scan are: What is the aggregate or collective set of learning from these reports? What does this add up to, and what do the reports suggest for setting future directions?

(Sources: interviews and focus groups with 175 stakeholders nominated by TCE staff, including community partners, state advocates, adult and youth residents, evaluators and funders)

Provides feedback from 175 stakeholders and partners who are engaged in or observers, funders or evaluators of BHC, on the initiative’s accomplishments, areas needing improvement, and priorities for sustaining the work.

(Sources:  review of site documents; site visits;  observation of BHC cross-site meetings; interviews with local leaders)

Provides broad qualitative assessment of the progress of local BHC implementation (as of late 2013) and recommendations about the challenges that BHC needs to address in the future

 (Sources: interviews with 30 foundation leaders from 19 foundations with experience in place-based and organizing initiatives)

Provides comprehensive findings about the experiences of other California and national foundations with transitions from major community change/place-based initiatives.

(Sources:  multiple evaluation reports and case studies prepared by TCE’s L&E team; Executive Team and Board deliberations; staff views and perspectives)

Summarizes the views of TCE’s Executive Team on the progress of BHC at the mid-point, including significant accomplishments, mistakes made and lessons learned.

Annual report highlighting 2017-2018 progress towards the four BHC goals using TCE’s North Star Goals and Indicators Framework

(Sources: review of existing evaluation reports and memos; phone interviews with select TCE staff; internet and news searches to fact check and source interview findings)

A brief synthesis of cross site measures of progress over the first five years of Building Healthy Communities.

Cites more than 500 wins reflecting all the Transformative 12 policy priority areas from the three campaigns of neighborhoods, schools, and prevention.