December 18th, 2014
The GrantWatch section of Health Affairs’ December 2014 thematic issue on children’s health contains “Healthy Beginnings: A System of Care for Children in Atlanta,” by Ryan Chao of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Baltimore; Susan Bertonaschi of the foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site in Atlanta; and Julie Gazmararian of Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
For more than ten years, the Casey Foundation, which focuses its funding on children, has been investing in a “comprehensive community change strategy” in five mostly African American neighborhoods near downtown Atlanta. Casey has chosen to “make a long-term, open-ended commitment to improve conditions for low-income families” in these communities.
Its wide-ranging strategy focuses on (1) improving educational outcomes for kids; (2) encouraging family economic success by working with adult family members; and (3) “positively transforming” the physical environment of a community, says the article.
The foundation believes that results are better when these efforts “are bundled together so that families benefit from multiple programs simultaneously.” Also, it aims to involve area “residents as partners and key decision makers.”
Recently, the foundation decided to integrate health into its “community and family-strengthening strategies.” Read the rest of this entry »