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The goal of the roundtable conversation was to create a space for generative cross-sector discussion to examine the opportunities and barriers to public health and community development collaboration. Too often, these sectors remain siloed in their work supporting under-resourced communities instead of working together to create equitable policies and approaches for residents to thrive.
The idea is not a new one. So why this conversation? And why now?
BHPN believes that in the wake of the largest global public health crisis of a century, there is a new opportunity for public health to re-imagine their role in multi-sector coalitions, with greater clarity around joining forces to advance health and racial equity for disinvested communities. We believe there is a growing body of knowledge around the critical role of addressing the drivers of health and tools to help us get there.
For this reason, we framed our conversation on the Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being which outlines the various factors in a community that form the drivers of health and organizes them around the condition of civic muscle and belonging. It also creates access points for cross-sector collaboration between public health and the community development sector.
Bobby Milstein, the Director of System Strategy at The Rippel Foundation provided an informative presentation outlining the Vital Conditions framework consisting of humane housing, reliable transportation, a thriving natural world, meaningful work and wealth, and belonging and civic muscle.
It was evident from the conversation that cross-sector partnerships are vital to creating meaningful change and conditions where families can create healthier futures.
Several powerful and provocative themes emerged, just a few of which are shared below.
We’re excited by the level of engagement from our participants and are eager to dig into the rich data, these important insights as well as other emerging themes from the roundtable.
In this moment of reformation, let’s organize across sectors, aligning around community-driven solutions to create equitable communities where everyone has the chance to thrive.
Business as usual will not get us there.
We hope to tap into and learn from the creativity of public health practitioners advancing racial equity and set it as a central standard.
BHPN and NACDD are working together to create resources prioritizing community voice, addressing the barriers to cross-sector partnerships, and identifying opportunities to leverage resources among the community development and public health sectors to create thriving communities.
We look forward to sharing more with you in the near future.
Build Healthy Places Network would like to thank the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors for their partnership, and attendees for their time and expertise.