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

What Did We Learn from the Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) LAB on Power Building and Health Equity?

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This guest blog, written by Shao-Chee Sim and Jennifer Mineo, Episcopal Health Foundation, offers participant reflections on 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

We Owe Transgender Children and Youth Affirmation and Respect

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy Children and youth need to be affirmed in their identities in order to be healthy and to thrive. This is a statement of fact and not contested opinion; it is backed by research, and it is supported by the American Medical Association (AMA) and

As a Funder, What Does It Mean to Build Authentic Relationships in Community?

Photo used with permission from The California Endowment This guest blog, written by Traci Broady, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, offers participant reflections on a recent CSSP Learning, Equity, and Power (LEaP) session, “How Funders Can Help Build Community Power: Lessons from The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative.” Learn more about LEaP here and

How Funders Can Help Build Community Power: A Conversation

Under the banner “Learning, Equity, and Power” (LEaP), the Center for the Study of Policy (CSSP) hosted a series of conversations sharing insights from The California Endowment’s 10-year, 14 community Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. This conversation about BHC was facilitated by Anand Sharma, CSSP Senior Associate, and featured Sandra Witt, Managing Director of Power

Advancing Early Relational Health: How Community Health Workers Build Trusting Relationships with Families

“What do you actually need? How can I actually help?” These are the questions Nai Pharn, a Community Health Worker (CHW) at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital Oakland, found herself asking while meeting for the first time with an overwhelmed mother about renewing her CalFresh benefits. When the mother began getting teary-eyed, Pharn paused and asked

Creating New Narratives to Advance Health and Racial Equity: Actionable insights for Building Capacity

For over 10 years, beginning in 2010, The California Endowment (TCE) invested $1.75 billion and partnered with 14 communities across California as well as many state-level organizations and alliances, on Building Healthy Communities (BHC), an innovative initiative to achieve more equitable health outcomes. During that period, BHC deployed communication and narrative change strategies more proactively