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.
- Growing a Diverse Health Work Force: Lessons Learned and Insights from Investments in Health Career Pathways (November 2018) Engage R&D
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
- “Sustaining People Power” (2018) The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), USC
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.
- “Reflections at Mid-Point: A Synthesis of Six Mid-Point Reports on Building Healthy Communities” (October 2017) Center for the Study of Social Policy
(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?
- “Voices of Partners: Findings from the Community/Stakeholder Engagement Process” (Summer 2017) Center for the Study of Social Policy
(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.
- “There’s Something Happening Here: A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative” (February 2014) The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), USC
(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
- “The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities 2020 Foundation Transition Research Report” (February 2016) Social Policy Research Associates
(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.
- “A New Power Grid: Building Healthy Communities at Year 5” (2016) The California Endowment
(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.
- “2018 NSGI Dashboard” (2018) Center for the Study of Social Policy
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.
- “2010-2018 All BHC Accomplishments” (2018) The California Endowment
Cites more than 500 wins reflecting all the Transformative 12 policy priority areas from the three campaigns of neighborhoods, schools, and prevention.