BUILD In Action
Learn more about being Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, and Data-Driven in action.
BUILD partners share how they are driving health equity by centering community at the heart of their work.
Donyel Barber, Brandie Meeks, and Donna Elliott – Gastonia, North Carolina
The Healthy Highland partners share the story of their work in Gastonia, NC. This BUILD 3.0 initiative created a new enterprise in the Highland neighborhood to ensure sustainable access to healthy, delicious food.
Anita Kumar – Oakland, California
“When you center resident engagement and resident advocacy, and have the non-profits and hospital systems supporting residents so that they’re taking the lead on what they want to see in their neighborhoods, that takes time, that takes a lot of trust… It’s a change in power dynamics, and we’re seeing that. “
Patrick Cusick – Cleveland, Ohio
Patrick Cusick shares the story of changing policy to create a long-term legacy impact on children and families with the Cleveland Healthy Homes Collaborative. This BUILD 1.0 & 2.0 initiative in Cleveland, OH focused on addressing inequitable asthma and lead poisoning rates by improving opportunities for healthy housing.
Marques Hogans and Kyle Ashley – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Power is typically top down. With BUILD, and how we set up BUILD Sherman Park, it’s bottom up. BUILD allows us to use the residents’ voices to lead the charge… We now know that residents have the capacity to move the work forward.”
Funders Joining Together To Work Towards Community Health
Funders across the country are part of the BUILD Funding Collaborative. Brittany Giles-Cantrell of the de Beaumont Foundation and Jessi LaRose of the Missouri Health Foundation speak about their commitment to BUILD communities.
Improving Health Through Innovative Collaborations
By strengthening partnerships between local nonprofit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and local health departments, we are able to improve community health and well-being.
Dr. Roderick King – Miami, Florida
Dr. Roderick King from Miami, Florida speaks about The Liberty City Community Collaborative. This BUILD 1.0 collaborative worked with healthcare providers, families, and residents to empower community members and improve public safety.
Claire Richmond – Des Moines, Iowa
“One cool thing that our collaboration is that we have been able to generate this brand new conversation from people who have never talked about health… and who maybe haven’t thought before about how they could be investing in the community…” – Claire Richmond
East5ide Unified – Denver, Colorado
Benzel Jimmerson, Jodi Hardin, and Kellie Teter speak about East5ide Unified in East Denver, Colorado. East5ide Unified worked to ensure children in five East Denver neighborhoods are healthy, thriving, and valued when they enter school.
Mia Arias – Los Angeles, California
“We’re thinking big, we’re thinking long-term knowing that the issues that we’re addressing are going to take big long-term solutions.” – Mia Arias
Anna Brewster – Houston, Texas
“That these three huge organizations have come together all with different missions, different visions, but we’ve rallied around a common agenda focused on food insecurity…” – Anna Brewster
Mina Liebert – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mina Liebert discusses Project ACCESS, which worked to create dialogue with community residents to discover their particular areas of need, which included work to reduce violence.
Nadine Chan – Seattle, Washington
Nadine Chan works with the Seattle Chinatown-International District Health Community Action Plan. This BUILD Project worked to address social health and equity including housing, violence, and economic development.
Leigh Caswell – Albuquerque, New Mexico
“We really have a bold vision here and we’re working with a lot of different healthcare providers and addressing…healthy eating and active living.” – Leigh Caswell
Marina Reznik – Bronx, New York
“Some of the surprises and lessons learned include how much time it takes to build the relationship, the trust, from the community organization to the healthcare system, to the public agencies, department of health.” – Marina Reznik