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Abstract: As Woody sings to Buzz, “You’ve got a friend in me.” Supporting healthy communities requires a large group of friends, and friends not necessarily in health but other sectors such as education, business, transportation, law enforcement and other fields. But moving beyond a first handshake requires policies, financial support, and a leadership vision to spur meaningful collaborations. This webinar will provide models of cross-sector collaboration, policies, and tools that have fostered meaningful change for community well-being and yes, new friends.

Learning Objectives: Webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least one strategy to convene cross-sector stakeholders

  • Identify at least one critical element of profiled programs to foster community input.

  • Identify at least one tool available to increase cross-sector collaboration.

Presenters: Examples of approaches to cross-sector collaborations improving Hispanic community health and well-being.

  • Cristela GonzalezSpecial Projects Coordinator of the Brownsville Community Health Center, will discuss how they are working collaboratively with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Brownsville Independent School District and across sectors to change the trajectory of well-being in Brownsville, Texas; a city awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

  • Kitty Hsu Dana Senior Health Policy Advisor at the National League of Cities will discuss Cities of Opportunity: Healthy People, Thriving Communities pilot along with Hope Velarde, Cities of Opportunity pilot team lead from the City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA will discuss efforts to advance cross cutting and collaborative approaches to improve community health and well-being.

  • Jerry Saavedra – Community Advocacy Director of the American Heart Association will discuss how cross-sector partnerships are at the heart of two ambitious efforts; the Tobacco Endgame to end all tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the U.S. and the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative to make each day healthier for all children through collaborations with kids and families and multi-sector collaborations of organizations at the national, state, and local levels.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Collaboration, Policies and Tools for Meaningful Change

Resources: A series of online resources based on presentations that support collaboration.


Collaboration with the Educational Sector for Healthier Communities

  • Active Living Research – Resources focused on collaboration with schools in helping children lead active, healthy lives.

  • Culture of Health Prize – Video showing how cross-sector collaboration is improving health and well-being in Brownsville, TX.


City-wide Collaboration for Health

  • Levers for City Action – National League of Cities initiative to foster healthy people and thriving communities throw cross sector collaboration addressing economic opportunity, healthy and affordable housing, and city planning and design.

  • Roadmap for Health in All Policies – ChangeLab Solutions model policies and toolkit that imagines what can happen when all government agencies in a town, county, or state work together and across sectors to build healthier communities.


Collaboration for Healthy Kids

  • Voices for Healthy Kids  – Peer review journal article on how this multisectoral collaboration of more than 140 stakeholder organizations is advancing public policy changes to improve food and physical environments for children and adolescents.

  • Healthy Food Collaboration – Case study of El Paso, TX launch of nation’s first county-level healthy food financing initiative.

  • Safe Routes to School – Case study of creating a funding source for safer routes to walk and bike to school in Minnesota.

  • Healthier Kids Meals – Case study of Perris, CA effort to make healthy beverages the default choice on kids’ menus in restaurants..

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