Power-building Partnerships for Health cultivates powerful collaborations between local health departments and community power-building organizations to advance health equity.
Social movements and public health belong together! Power-building Partnerships for Health (PPH) provides support and resources to build community power and take strategic actions. PPH cohorts are made up of partnership pairs of local health departments and community power-building organizations (CPBOs), also known as grassroots organizing groups, movement-building organizations, community organizing or base-building groups.
The goals of PPH are to:
- Deepen relationships, trust and support structures for strong collaborations between community power-building organizations and health departments
- Develop a shared understanding of health equity, community power-building, and inside/outside strategies
- Support health departments to leverage their power and take action to contribute to community power-building priorities
- Support community power-building organizations to use their power to advance stronger public health policies and practices
- Enhance our collective ability to advance inside/outside strategies for health equity and racial justice
Join the 2023 PPH Cohort – Seeking Applications!
With funding from the Kresge Foundation, HIP is building from the success of two prior cohorts to offer this new opportunity for existing partnerships to deepen relationships, trust and support structures for strong collaborations. Participants in the Power-building Partnerships for Health 2023 cohort will receive:
- $30,000 in flexible funding for community power-building: funds can be used to support community organizers’ time and participation and support power-building activities
- Peer learning: the cohort will have eight virtual sessions and one or two in-person gatherings for shared learning, relationship-centered networking, and leadership development
- Site-specific coaching and technical assistance: monthly site meetings and up to 20 hours of direct TA support to advance local health equity and power-building work
- Dedicated time for relationship-building: we “move at the speed of trust” and emphasize building trust within organizational teams and partnerships
- Support with navigating power dynamics: PPH provides a confidential and supportive community to help navigate the risky, political, or complex power dynamics inherent in this work
For more information on how to apply, see the Call for Applications, the 2023 PPH Application Form, and the Application Scoring Rubric. An optional info session for interested applicants was held on December 1st, 2022 – a recording of the session is available here (use passcode &ir2D4A$) and slides can be found here. Additional questions can be sent to PPH@humanimpact.org.
The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, January 13 at 5pm PST.
Webinar Series: Power-building for Health Departments
In June and July 2022, HIP hosted a 2-part webinar workshop series on power-building, geared toward health department leaders, staff, and partners. The sessions dive into power imbalances as a root cause of health inequities, how to build deep alliances with community power-building organizations (CPBOs) to shift power, and ways health departments can leverage and redistribute their power to advance equity.
Part 1: Power 101
Part 2: Tools for Analyzing & Redistributing Power
HIP resources on power-building to advance health equity
For additional information about why power-building is important for advancing health equity, please check out these HIP resources:
- Theory in Action: Public Health and Community Power Building for Health Equity — Journal of Public Health Management and Practice article
- Power-building Partnerships for Health: Lessons From Santa Barbara About Building Power to Protect Farmworker Health and Advance Health Equity — Journal of Public Health Management and Practice article
- Power-Building for Health Departments Webinar Series recording
- Shifting and Sharing Power: Public Health’s Charge in Building Community Power — NACCHO Exchange article
- Primer on Power-building, Housing Justice and Health Equity — Report co-authored with Right to the City (RTTC)
- Survey of Health Departments about their Collaborations with Community Organizers — Report PDF
- Forming Partnerships with Health Departments, Why it’s a good idea — Shelterforce article
- 8 Ways to Connect with your Public Health Department — Shelterforce article
- Connecting the Dots: Health Inequities, Power, and the Potential for Public Health’s Transformational Role — HIP blog post
- Working with Community Organizers (who, why, how) — Health Equity Guide
Additional resources on power-building
- Glossary of Power Building Terms, Lead Local Collaborative
- Changing States: A Framework for Progressive Governance, USC Equity Research Institute
- Power and Social Change, Grassroots Policy Project
- Power Moves Assessment Guide, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
- Exploring Community-Driven Change and the Power of Collective Action, Lead Local
Contact us to learn more about PPH
Are you a local health department interested in trainings or technical assistance on community power-building or how to collaborate with community organizers? A community power-building organization interested in connecting or collaborating with a local health department?
Contact us at PPH@humanimpact.org