Ultimately, creating healthy communities is a team sport. That was one of the key conclusions of panelists and participants at “From Roadmap to Reality: Implementation Strategies for Upstream Investments in Community Health,” a virtual conference hosted by the Center for Community Investment and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) on September 22-23.
Our participants have been telling us loud and clear that they want to learn more about community wealth building and community ownership strategies, not surprisingly, as these are currently critical topics in community development.
How should community leaders manage the opportunity to spend trillions of dollars of federal funding on economic recovery in ways that begin to realize the promise of racial justice? In a July 9 roundtable of CCI staff and fellows, one answer to this question rose above all the others: ask the right questions.
Through the support of CommonSpirit and Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities, Uplift San Bernardino has partnered with Arts Connection and the San Bernardino Neighborhood Associations to create a long-term project called Blocks of Care.
In order for health systems to take up community investment as a way to fulfill their mission of promoting health, senior health system leaders need to make visible commitments and follow through by dedicating appropriate resources and staff and engaging partners.