Before we bid farewell to an eventful year dominated by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, our Health Forward associates take a look back at significant events and projects and share their insights about the year 2013.
On day two of our year in review, Program Officer Mary Kettlewell takes a look at the importance of partnerships.
Life all comes down to partnerships, personally and professionally. We would have a hard time going through life without others to interact with.
I was recently privileged to attend the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Local Funding Partnerships Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. RWJF was celebrating 25 years of grant funding through local funding partnerships, which focused on grants addressing complex social factors that influenced health, such as violence, and made a commitment to partnering with more diverse, grassroots organizations in both urban and rural communities. Health Forward has been fortunate to partner with RWJF on several grants in our region over the past nine years.
At the annual meeting, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, President & CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, gave the opening address about the impact of cross-sector partnerships in improving health and health care. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey discussed the philosophy of community-driven solutions and spreading seeds of hope with diverse resources and ideas. She stressed that communities know what is needed and what will work best for each community.
Health Forward Board, Community Advisory Committee, and staff look to the communities we serve to provide us with ideas on the successes and barriers that exist within their communities that enhance or detract from quality health care for all.
We are privileged to have an abundance of partners who care deeply about their neighbors. We engage with new partners every year and seek out people and organizations that can help us remove barriers and strengthen health care.
Community members do the hard work of living and providing services within their neighborhoods. We all want community members to have the best opportunity to thrive in their neighborhoods. But how do we achieve that? Through partnerships, of course! As a Foundation, we have been entrusted to provide resources to our community partners — local groups and organizations — who, in turn, provide the services that help the uninsured and underserved overcome barriers to health care. We may not always succeed, but we try to listen and learn from what worked and what didn’t.
Thank you to those who have allowed us to partner with you. We value the opportunities you have given us to listen and to learn from you. Please continue to share your ideas, your dreams and your solutions. Let us know when we get it right and also when we don’t. You are the heart and soul of what we do every day at Health Forward.