Building Healthy Communities is a collective effort and represents a dynamic process of ongoing engagement and dialogue with our partners throughout the state. Our success will depend on sustaining trusting and vibrant relationships with our partners, including grantees, but also other allies who share our goals. The foundation is not an “expert” standing apart from others but is a co-leader and a co-learner in social change. Our key partners in BHC fall into three basic constituencies:
- Government and systems leaders
- Community-based organizations and advocacy groups
- Community residents and organizing groups
While systems leaders and traditional community-based organizations are important to BHC, our model of policy and systems change depends heavily upon the organizing and advocacy work occurring in our 14 local sites. These local sites help identify actionable community priorities and also help to incubate and reality test policy ideas that have been generated by advocates. The sites serve as a filter so that the best and most replicable ideas emerge for regional and statewide advocacy and policy change. Critical to the authentic development and expression of resident voice is the meaningful engagement and robust participation of a broad segment of residents, particularly those that have been traditionally excluded, including undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ people, the formerly incarcerated, and boys and men of color. BHC values the creation of a new ethos of inclusion and a new narrative about health that includes the voice of all Californians.
It is the voices and work of these people, groups, and networks that is highlighted throughout this website.
To learn more about the 14 places, as well as how stakeholders work together in the sites through a Hub, please visit the 14 Places page.