Advancing Racial Equity and Supporting Community Power: Lessons Learned from Building Healthy Communities

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This blog, written by Laura Kreeger, offers reflections related to CSSP’s Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) series highlighting lessons from The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative. Learn more about LEaP here.  In the Fall of 2021 CSSP hosted a Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) Lab titled

In Memory of Deena Smitherman

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Deena Smitherman on June 27, 2022. Deena was a founding member of the Parent Leader Network and served on the first Steering Committee, where she helped to raise awareness on race equity, parent leadership, and the importance of community engagement. She also contributed to

Advancing DULCE’s Strength-Based Approach

DULCE, Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone, is a universal, evidence-based approach that seeks to transform the ways families with newborns experience the delivery of services and supports. CSSP has been engaged in the evolution of DULCE since its inception at Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Clinic in 2012, where we led a Randomized Controlled

Youth and Foundation Partnerships: A Conversation with Chris Covington

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This blog is adapted from an interview with Chris Covington, former member of The California Endowment’s President’s Youth Council, by CSSP staff members Laura Kreeger and Anand Sharma. Chris Covington offers reflections related to a recent CSSP Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) session, “Supporting and Embracing Youth

Individually and Collectively, We Must Speak Out and Denounce White Supremacy

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of CSSP, on behalf of CSSP Staff Racist acts of terrorism have become all too common in the United States, and on Saturday, May 14th, we learned of another act of White supremacist violence—this time in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, NY. Ten of the murdered men and

Authentic Community Partnership: A Conversation with Ms. Towanda Sherry

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This blog, adapted from an interview with Ms. Towanda Sherry, East Oakland resident leader and organizer, with CSSP staff members Laura Kreeger and Anand Sharma. Ms. Sherry offers reflections related to a recent CSSP Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) session, “Authentically Engaging Community: Lessons from The California

Finding a Way, Blazing a Trail: A Foundation Learning How to Build and Share Power

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This guest blog, written by Tia Martinez, Forward Change, offers reflections related to a recent CSSP Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) session, “A Foundation’s Path to Power Building and Health Equity: Lessons from The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative.” Learn more about LEaP here and watch

Power and Building Healthy Communities: What We’re Learning

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This guest blog, written by Jennifer Ito, USC Equity Research Institute, offers reflections related to a recent CSSP Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) session, “A Foundation’s Path to Power Building and Health Equity: Lessons from The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative.” Learn more about LEaP here

Agreement Reached on New Jersey Plan to Exist Decades-Old Child Welfare Lawsuit

State and Plaintiffs Agree that Children and Families are Well Served by Transformed System Trenton, NJ (March 22, 2022)—Governor Phil Murphy today announced that a motion to end federal oversight of the Department of Children and Families under a settlement agreement initiated by Charlie and Nadine H. vs. Whitman has been jointly presented to the