Bridging Health & Community, Inc.

November 2016 – December 2018

A Seattle-based nonprofit through which I funnelled my US-based community health work as a way to grow the broader field of practice

Reports

Key members of the Creating Health Collaborative and I launched a nonprofit dedicated to ‘bridging the health sector and local communities through shared connection, capacity and opportunity’. Our three major achievements were our tool, our national symposium, and research into power building for health. Although we considered what to do next, we decided to close the nonprofit because we found that our customers became foundations, not the health sector or local communities.

Reports

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Bringing Purpose to Community Engagement

Bridget B Kelly & Pritpal S Tamber

March 2018

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Fostering Agency to Improve Health

Pritpal S Tamber & Bridget B Kelly

March 2017

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Seeing the Challenges as They Are

Three articles have reminded me that the core challenge to bridging health and community is healthcare-centricity

Community Power & Public Health

In this post, we share the findings of our research into what it will take for public health to embrace community power building as a strategy

Community Power & Public Health: A Webinar

Announcing our December 4th webinar at which we’ll share our findings into what it’ll take for public health to adopt strategies that strengthen a community’s collective ability to improve population health

What BH&C Will Do Next (Part 5 of 5)

In part five of this five-part series, I share how we intend to keep learning from courageous practitioners while building a learning environment for those that want to follow

What Next: Getting Beyond A List (Part 4 of 5)

In part four of this five-part series, I share how we tried to make the Principles into a product and find a market, and what we learned through the process

What Next: Control and Health (Part 3 of 5)

In part three of this five-part series, I share how I learned that the 12 Principles are about control – a way to foster it amongst communities and enable health care to share it

What Next: The Search for A New Dialog (Part 2 of 5)

In part two of this five-part series, I share how my search for a new dialog led to ‘discovering’ social capital and made me want to ‘de-fluff’ community-building work

What Next: Health Care’s Three Biases (Part 1 of 5)

In part one of this five-part series, I share the three biases that I think health care has and how they prevent us from having a proper conversation about the future of health

A Webinar and an eBook

Announcing our webinar hosted by the Root Cause Coalition on how to truly engage your community and the re-issue of our eBook, 'Communities Creating Health'

Our New Implementation Tool

Announcing the second version of our implementation tool, including some photographs of the previous version in use and how that informed the new version

We’re Taking A Break

Because we’re not a proper company, never want to be, and think we need to separate the needs of the work from the needs of an organization

Our New Report: Bringing Purpose to Community Engagement

Why we've positioned the 12 Principles as a framework for reconceiving health care's relationship with communities

The Inside Game

Erin Hagan offers some straight-talking feedback on how our May 2017 symposium did not quite hit the mark and how we need to shift our approach

Fostering Agency to Improve Health and Social Participation in Mexico

Catalina A. Denman, Elsa Cornejo and Rodrigo Cornejo describe how fostering agency has improved social participation and health, specifically in diabetes and through Wikipolítica

A Webinar on the Bronx Healthy Buildings Program

Announcing a free webinar featuring an in-depth conversation about how lessons from the Bronx Healthy Buildings Program can be applied in other contexts

Fostering Agency Through Local Public Health

Chris Aldridge, Peter Holtgrave and Andrea Grenadier explore how local public health can encourage people in communities to determine their own futures

Community Health. Healthy Community. Semantics?

Dina Newman reflects on how organizing communities around a culture of health is years old, and how it’s not the same as being a ‘community health worker’

Healing Through Research

Shannon Simpson reflects on how the idea of healing needs to be deeply ingrained in the methods of participatory action research, if not all forms of research

We Are Losing, So What Are We Protecting?

Rebecca Brothers asks what is behind health care’s reluctance to bring community to the table. Uncertainty? The loss power?

Webinar: How One Health Care System Applied the Principles to Practice

Announcing a free webinar in which Jefferson Healthcare, WA, share how they used our tool to take stock of how they're working with communities

Reflections on Othering, Oppression, and Why Inclusion Matters

Katherine Mella and Lawrence Barriner II of MIT CoLab share three reflections on BH&C’s symposium, each with a proposal for how to make improvements

Connecting the Dots

Diane Wellman draws out the biggest themes from her 215 pages of notes on our symposium, Community Agency & Health

Listening As A Radically Obvious Act

Elizabeth Slade reflects on how health care often focuses on the latest, shiniest technology, and doesn’t leave much space for the basic human needs of our stories being acknowledged

The Healing of Exploitation

Carl Baty, a presenter at our May 2017 symposium, shares why he got emotional during his talk and explores whether he was being exploited

Our ‘View’ To Grantmakers In Health

In GIH’s monthly bulletin, we make the case that it’s time for its members to place an explicit focus on agency, including examining their own governance structures and accountability frameworks

Mastering the Distractions

Why they’re essential for moving from the what to the how. But, seriously, they’re so distracting...

The Cost of Learning

Board Member, Leigh Carroll, reflects on our May 2017 symposium and whether we understood who was doing the learning

Collaborative Consulting Announces Our Partnership

First published on Collaborative Consulting, in this post Lori Peterson and Pritpal S Tamber discuss why - and how - health care can go further to better serve their communities

Recruiting Five Organizations to put the Principles into Practice

We want to coach local entities and learn what it really takes to make the shift

Announcing our Partnership with Collaborative Consulting

A strategic relationship to bring the importance of ‘community agency’ within reach of health systems embracing new approaches to health

Announcing our Chief Learning Officer, Maggie Hawthorne

We intend to grow the field of practice through learning, which is why we've recruited Maggie, the former Director of Strategy and Innovation of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Announcing Our Tool to Apply the 12 Principles

In this post, Pritpal S Tamber shares our new tool to apply the 12 principles for fostering community agency to your community health work

Taking What We’ve Learned on the Road

In this post, Pritpal S Tamber, shares the gatherings to which Bridging Health & Community has been invited to share what it has learned

Reflecting on our Symposium, Community Agency & Health

In this post, our CEO & Co-Founder, Pritpal S Tamber, reflects on the recent symposium and shares some early thinking on what we’ll do next

The White Working Class

Why I feel "emotionally responsible" to the white working class

Building Healthy Communities, South Kern

In this post, Annalisa Robles illustrates how policies can bias against rural communities and how the people of South Kern, CA, are organizing – often to achieve the basics

Practicing Agency: The ‘Art’ of the How (Symposium 2017)

In this post, Nicolle Bennett looks at the role of the arts in fostering individual and community agency, and explains her role as a documentarian at the 2017 symposium

Navigating Power in Health and Community Partnerships

In this post, Jeanne Ayers of the Minnesota Department of Health describes her journey from frustrated public health practitioner to establishing the Triple Aim of Health Equity

Symposium 2017: Announcing our 40 Presenters

In this post, we announce the 40 people who’ll be sharing their experiences and perspectives through two case examples and six breakouts

Symposium 2017: Facilitating Connections

In this post, Bridget B Kelly, Co-Founder of Bridging Health & Community, describes how we’ll be helping symposium participants connect with each other

Think, Link and Do – Building Just Communities through Collaboration

In this post, Alyssa Bryson and Katherine Mella of MIT CoLab describe how wellness-based development is a cornerstone of a just economy, and how it requires a ‘think, link and do’ approach

The Bronx Healthy Buildings Program

In this post, Maggie Tishman of the Bronx Healthy Buildings Program shares the sheer complexity of going ‘upstream’ as a taste of what we’ll hear at the May symposium

How One Foundation Hopes to Help Local Leaders Listen

In this post, Tiffany Donelson of the Connecticut Health Foundation talks about state-level innovation, health equity and why they’re sending a delegation to our May symposium

New Report: Fostering Agency to Improve Health

Bringing together what we have learned over the last four years into 12 principles that describes an inclusive, participatory and responsive process key to the future of health

Symposium 2017: The ‘Setting the Stage’ Session

In this post, Bridget Kelly, Co-Founder of Bridging Health & Community, describes the ‘setting the stage’ session at the forthcoming symposium, and how its themes will resonate through the two days

Symposium 2017: Who Are You, Really?

In this post, Leigh Carroll, a member of the Planning Committee of the forthcoming symposium, describes some of the relationship-building activities that we’ll be weaving into the agenda, and why

How UnitedHealthcare is Connecting Federal to Local

In this post, we hear from Michael B Roaldi of UnitedHealthcare Community and State on how they’re using Federal money for innovation to create new community collaborations

The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente & RWJF: Announcing our Symposium Sponsors

In this post we hear from Tony Iton of The California Endowment, Bechara N Choucair of Kaiser Permanente, and Alonzo Plough of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Symposium 2017: New Pricing Reflecting What We’ve Learned

Announcing a US$300 ticket for community-based organizations, community residents & students, a US$500 ticket for government, nonprofit & universities, and options for supporters

Symposium 2017: A Candid Conversation About Failure: Part II

Carl Baty, Executive Director of Rounding The Bases, describes how healing is about being able to express yourself, about people listening, and about acknowledging that what happened to you was not right

Symposium 2017: A Candid Conversation About Failure: Part I

S Leonard Syme, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Community Health at the Berkeley School of Public Health, describes how his profession has failed to apply what it has learned about social risk factors

Using Participatory Research & Evaluation

In this post we hear from Mark L Wieland of Mayo Clinic and Rochester Healthy Community Partnership about how they use community-based participatory research to inform interventions, build community capacity, and create authentic relationships with community residents

Creating Leadership Capacity for Long Term Change

In this post we interview Risa Wilkerson of Active Living By Design about how they inspire community-led change, the link to health equity, and what they’ll present at our May symposium

Introducing Bridget B Kelly, our Co-Founder

In this post, our CEO, Pritpal S Tamber, introduces our Chief Delivery Officer (and Co-Founder), Bridget B Kelly. The process was not without pain

Introducing Bridging Health & Community, Inc.

Our new organization dedicated to strengthening the field of practice that connects the health sector to local communities (and how it relates to the Creating Health Collaborative)

Symposium Speakers, Case Studies and Breakouts

Registration for the symposium is now open so it’s time to announce the speakers, case studies and breakouts

How We’ve Designed the Symposium’s Agenda

Penciled for May 15-16 in Oakland, CA, in this post I describe how the symposium’s Planning Committee has fashioned an agenda designed to create the conditions required for genuine collaboration

Our Inaugural Symposium: Bridging Health and Community

In spring 2017 we’ll be holding our first symposium. Through this post we’re reaching out to place-based funders to help local ‘delegations’ to participate