NNPHI is thrilled to introduce the community-based organizations (CBOs) selected for funding opportunities centered on promoting best practices to advance health equity. These ten organizations (listed below) serve as subject matter experts representing communities most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NNPHI is working closely with each CBO to develop resources and tools to support health departments in addressing the systemic disadvantages faced by communities of color, rural communities, and those disproportionately affected by adverse COVID-19 health outcomes.
The chosen organizations were supported by funds made available from CDC’s National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce through cooperative agreement OT18-1802, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health award #6 NU38OT000303-04-02.
See below for more details about the selected CBOs:
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) is an advocacy-driven, Latino-specific research organization in the Upper Midwest. Founded in 1988, HACER began to address the lack of information about the Latino community and Latino issues in Minnesota’s public discourse. Since then, HACER has grown and evolved to serve Latinos in Minnesota through research, focus groups, workshops, programs, and more. As HACER continues to grow, they have been able to expand their methods to reach more community members each day. By working together to spark equitable change in Minnesota, HACER hopes these changes create a ripple effect in surrounding areas. Through outreach and community engagement, they empower communities to shift the culture and define self-advocacy approaches that meet their unique needs.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island is a national non-profit community development financial intermediary dedicated to forging resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America. For the past eight years, the LISC team has provided backbone technical assistance to the Pawtucket-Central Falls Health Equity Zone, an innovative framework that relies on place-based, resident-led collaborations to inform community health equity programs. This is done by collaborating with residents, local leaders, and community-based organizations that uplift community voices, facilitate local programs, and work within the community. Through the work of this collaborative partnership, LISC responded to the pandemic’s challenges by implementing innovative programs through the lens of cultural competencies that changed how community health programs were delivered.
Vital CxNs, pronounced as “vital connections,” was founded at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when the public health crisis demanded coordinated action and was met with a disjointed response. The pandemic illuminated and exacerbated many fractures and racial inequities in Boston’s health care and social service systems and across the country. Vital CxNs recognized this moment as an opportunity to redesign and rebuild a more effective community health ecosystem that can respond to community health needs and address the social determinants of health in an equitable, accessible, and efficient manner. Vital CxNs designs and implements innovative solutions to address the structural and societal inequities that impact health by catalyzing cross-sector collaboration, leveraging critical resources, investing in data-driven solutions, and creating a locally sustained community health infrastructure.
To advance their mission of partnering with communities to co-create a more effective, equitable, and efficient community health ecosystem, Vital CxNs developed its Community-Led Systems Change Model, mobilizing cross-sector partners and centering community voices to coordinate and synthesize existing resources to respond to the community’s health equity needs more effectively and efficiently.
Hope Community Services was founded in 1995 in response to the challenges faced by Vietnamese immigrants in Orange County. Hope Community Services has been a steadfast pillar of support for over two decades. Hope Community Services empowers and strengthens the Vietnamese-American community and neighbors by providing essential services, bridging language and integration gaps, and preserving Vietnamese cultural heritage. Hope Community Services offers a comprehensive range of senior programs such as English as a second language (ESL), citizenship classes, tai chi, community workshops, and exciting excursions. They also offer youth-focused programs such as Hope Summer School. Additionally, Hope Community Services prioritizes the well-being of the Vietnamese community with health services by hosting annual health fairs and mental health programs.
The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM) is a non-profit tribal organization representing the twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan and is governed by a board of tribal chairpersons. ITCM has a demonstrated record of building relationships in tribal communities through their local work and their administration of the National Native Network (NNN). The goal of the NNN is to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes across North America through training, technical assistance, and resource sharing for Federal, national, state, and local health departments, tribal health departments and clinics as well as tribal governments across the nation. The NNN has expanded its work beyond tobacco and cancer through established relationships to include vaccine hesitancy, access, and uptake efforts.
The Somali Health Board (SHB) is a dedicated public, non-profit grassroots organization founded in 2012. It emerged from the collective concern of Somali health professionals and volunteers, deeply troubled by the pervasive health disparities disproportionately affecting new immigrants and refugees within King County, Washington. SHB set forth an ambitious mission— to eliminate and reduce these health disparities. SHB aspires to witness a thriving and healthy Somali community in Washington state. To fulfill this vision, they collaborate with healthcare and governmental entities to effectively convey critical health and safety information to the Somali community in a culturally appropriate manner; provide health education initiatives for the benefit of Somali community members; advocate for, lead, and collaborate with partners on research endeavors to comprehend existing health inequities; and more.
India Home is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of vulnerable older adults in the South Asian community by delivering culturally tailored social services. Their focus lies on those aged 60 and above, a demographic that often remains unnoticed despite being one of the fastest-growing segments of the elderly population in New York City.
India Home is excited to present a comprehensive series of live webinars spanning five to six engaging sessions, each complemented by meticulously curated toolkits and handouts. India Home looks to share the most effective and innovative practices that have proven successful through resources that will serve as a holistic teaching aid for their audience, empowering them to drive equity-focused interventions and strategies against the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Northern Virginia Family Service’s (NVFS) goal is to empower individuals and families, enabling them to enhance their quality of life and fostering community collaboration to address family needs. They are committed to providing an extensive array of services to guarantee that every person, regardless of their stage in life, can unlock their full potential and make meaningful contributions to a flourishing community. NVFS offers the foundational elements for financial stability, emotional well-being, and physical health, taking the lead as innovators in the Northern Virginia region. Each year, they empower over 35,000 individuals to attain self-sufficiency. These vital resources equip Northern Virginia communities for future success, ensuring the well-being of all.
Raise the Floor Alliance (RTF), headquartered in Illinois, is a coalition composed of worker centers and legal clinics. RTF’s overarching goal is to ensure that low-wage workers have access to quality employment and empower workers to enhance their workplace standards. They are dedicated to crafting purposeful programs that authentically reflect the intricate experiences of marginalized workers. They achieve this by capitalizing on the trust-based relationships cultivated through RTF community partners, known as worker centers.
RTF firmly believes that its endeavors have the potential to catalyze progress on a national scale. As they navigate the ongoing challenges of public health, racial disparities, and economic crises, they are committed to strengthening existing structures to institutionalize more robust coordination systems for addressing public health issues. This approach will enhance community resilience and the entire nation in the face of future challenges.
Maryland Latinos Unidos is steadfast in their mission to empower organizations, bolstering them to enhance the quality of life and promote equity. They envision a future where inclusivity is the cornerstone of our culture, and the ongoing dismantling of racism and oppressive systems is an integral part of our collective consciousness, work, lived reality, and measurable outcomes. Their equity-driven mission is to challenge existing systems of power, ensuring that they provide unfettered access to resources, opportunities, and an exceptionally high quality of life for those directly affected by all forms of oppression and discrimination. Maryland Latinos Unidos aims to create an environment where everyone can genuinely flourish.