Here are some of the outstanding communities we have the honor of working with
Central OregonCulture of Care Partnership
Central Oregon’s six school districts are embracing school-wide trauma-informed practices. More than 15% of Oregon’s kids have lived through 3+ adverse childhood experiences. By changing culture from early childhood programs to high school, the Culture of Care Partnership is providing districts the tools they need to help their students and teachers succeed. In building the resilience of kids and adults, the effort aims to increase high school graduation by 8% in the next seven years, improve kindergarten readiness by 5%, and significantly reduce exclusionary discipline and students missing school days. The Partnership received $1.5 million in funds from the Central Oregon Health Council out of a pool of money created by shared savings in the region’s Medicaid delivery.
HawaiiHawaii Good Food Alliance
Hawaii imports about 90% of its food, and communities want to change that. The Good Food Alliance is working across all the islands to improve access to local, good food that can promote healthy eating. That includes work to access more farmland, connect youth to their culture of producing food, and partnering with schools and health clinics to bring the cultures and connections of food into the healing process. Shift Health Accelerator is helping the Alliance articulate shared outcomes across a network of 10+ organizations. We’ll have more on this work as it progresses so stay tuned.
SeattleWho says the sewer agency and marine industry can’t be health providers!?
Shift Health Accelerator is helping Seattle Public Utilities, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and the surrounding marine industry to envision how to use the open space around a new sewer pump station to build community health. The uses could include pop-up stalls for local food vendors from the community, paths and vegetation for relaxing on break time, and signage and features to create more community cohesion. There’s all sorts of ways that other funding partners could join with Seattle Public Utilities to sustain the ongoing health benefits of this space if we get creative.
Did you know your zip code determines more of your health than your genetic code? The Jade District is using a community-centered approach to greening, engaging an array of community members and leaders. Between 2017 and 2019, Jade District greening partners planted 364 trees, created over a thousand square feet of new greenspaces, and interacted with over a thousand community members through volunteer and outreach events.