Posts in 'Systems Change'

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By Russell Johnson, President and CEO Earlier this month, after years of advocacy work, the United State Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting LGBTQ+ people from workplace discrimination. It was a long overdue ruling. The ruling resonates personally for me. I serve as president of a private...
Many nonprofit organizations talk about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity, but many find it difficult to truly integrate these concepts into their work and how they operate. In March 2016, CommunityWise Resource Centre started a process of Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC)...
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Together with forty-one community partners, HealthSpark Foundation has launched an effort to rebuild the social safety net post-pandemic called Build Back Better. Partner organizations, which represent nonprofit safety net providers, universities, faith groups, advocacy groups, elected officials...
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The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the ensuing protests are the manifestation of the deep, longstanding pain of racism in our country. Frustration, anger, and violence at this scale happen when peaceful forms of protest aren’t listened to, when calls for action and...
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“When one's life has been shattered into a million pieces, most set out to pick up the pieces & rebuild. Others look at those broken pieces & decide this is their opportunity to start anew, the bigger picture comes into view.” ― Sanjo Jendayi, author and spoken word artist The COVID-19 pandemic has...

Build Back Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our communities, our workplaces, and our families. The pandemic is laying bare the historic disinvestment in public health and social safety net systems as well as the stark inequities in our society. Our safety net sector is experiencing a uniquely stressful moment as demand for safety net services skyrockets, while long-term funding for these critical resources remains at risk. As we continue through these times of uncertainty, we are all anxious to return to the normal life we knew before.

Build Back Better Design Teams

The Design Team completed its final meeting on July 29, 2020, and is now preparing to share its recommendations with community partners. Check out our Events page for upcoming opportunities.

As part of Build Back Better, HealthSpark gathered representatives from service providers, faith communities, public agencies, and elected officials to work together in a Design Team to:

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"As the novel coronavirus spreads nationwide and in the Commonwealth, enormous flaws in our healthcare system — and the larger system of programs and benefits that protect families and individuals from disaster — have been exposed. We are now undoubtedly facing the largest public health crisis of...

Investing in Systems Change

At HealthSpark Foundation, we believe that our best investment is in creating a financially resilient safety net system that is accessible and effective for everyone who needs it. Because of this belief, we choose to invest our limited resources in enhancing the safety net system itself rather than in isolated programs or services.

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In the morning of Monday, March 12, 2018, HealthSpark Foundation hosted the inaugural Community of Practice meeting to kick off its new Safety Net Resiliency Initiative. Nearly 150 attendees representing 83 organization packed into the atrium in Parkhouse Hall on the main campus of the Montgomery...