Prevention Institute serves as strategic advisor for the Convergence Partnership, providing staffing and guidance on strategy development and policy analysis.The Convergence Partnership is a collaborative of foundations and healthcare institutions working to advance healthier and more equitable environments through a vision of Healthy People, Healthy Places: a nation where every community fosters health, prosperity, and well-being for all.
The Partnership works at the intersection of multiple issues to realize co-benefits and ensure its investments will have the most impact. The interconnections between health, the economy, and physical and social environments must be exposed and bridged for broad-scale change to occur. This multisectoral approach helps uncover solutions that solve multiple problems at once. A sampling of resources and ongoing efforts supported by the Convergence Partnership are featured here. For more information, please visit: www.convergencepartnership.org.
Projects & Initiatives
PI works with a breadth of partners and communities to develop strategies and practices to keep people healthy and safe in the first place. Below is a selection of ongoing or recent projects.
The Convergence Partnership is committed to supporting investments and efforts that emphasize prevention and health system improvements that advance the community’s health and safety, especially for low-income communities and communities of color.
Prevention Institute's Larry Cohen and Policy Link's Judith Bell explore the Convergence Partnership's new model of philanthropy--how making grants from a shared pool and coordinating advocacy efforts empower the partner organizations to take risks and advance a shared agenda for policy, systems and environmental change.
Though this brief primarily views the built environment through a public health lens, it also describes built environment issues from the perspective of environmental justice, sustainable food systems, economic development, equity, and climate change.
The report serves as a launching pad for action for practitioners and advocates who are interested in engaging in systems and environmental change approaches in four key arenas: schools, early childcare and education settings, out-of-school-time programs, and communities.
In this 2009 letter, leaders at The California Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, Nemours, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente wrote that prevention measures like improved access to healthy food will save both lives and money.
This brief from the Convergence Partnership delineates crosscutting strategies that have the potential to engage diverse constituencies and address a diversity of issues that impact healthy eating and active living.