Lessons learned from engaging with communities
In early April 2018, we launched our inaugural call for proposals, titled Lessons Learned from Engaging with Communities. With a commitment to health equity guiding our efforts, we asked organizations to share insights gained from partnering with place- and identity-based communities to identify or implement strategies to achieve health equity.
We heard from community-based organizations, legal and policy advocates, statewide coalitions, educational institutions, tribally-affiliated organizations, and public-sector agencies across Washington State who are advancing equity and building thriving communities. From Native-led efforts to revitalize the Salish languages spoken in the Columbian plateau to Black-led community organizations in Seattle partnering to protect and build community wealth in the face of displacement, organizations shared what they have learned as they ensure those experiencing the impacts of inequitable policies and practices are at the center and forefront of solutions.
The summary report provides an overview of what we heard from 85 organizations across Washington State who are working to advance health equity. The report highlights how organizations are building collective power, ensuring community-driven solutions, transforming organizational culture, deepening accountability, and strengthening democracy.