StriveTogether is proud to share that President and CEO Jennifer Blatz has been selected to participate in the Ambassadors for Health Equity Fellowship — a joint venture led by PolicyLink and FSG, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jennifer will join 23 other leaders in the public, private and social sector to participate in the yearlong program, from February 2019 to February 2020, to embolden them to share ideas and experiences, forge new alliances, generate new solutions, and promote a Culture of Health within their own work and across networks.
For too long, our nation has attempted to improve health by focusing primarily on health care alone. To truly achieve health equity, in which everyone — regardless of race, neighborhood or financial status — has the opportunity for health, we must also consider the broader determinants of health, including community environment, education, employment, housing, income and public safety.
StriveTogether works to transform all the systems that influence children’s lives and futures, from education and housing to health care, public safety and human services. This place-based, collective impact approach works far better than isolated efforts to fix complex social problems.
That is why StriveTogether is excited to have Jennifer join other innovative leaders to collaborate around advancing systemic solutions in health equity.
For the next year, ambassadors will participate in three in-person meetings, a series of webinars and ongoing online engagement that will embolden them to share ideas and experiences, forge new alliances, generate new solutions and promote health equity within their own work. Ambassadors will also apply the skills and connections gained through this fellowship to a specific project tied to their work as part of an ongoing commitment to foster practices that advance health equity in their own organizations.
This fellowship is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and seeks to advance health equity by convening leaders from a variety of sectors to promote policies, practices and systems that foster a Culture of Health. Building a Culture of Health means focusing on the grander whole of what being healthy and staying healthy means — ensuring students are ready to learn, workers are able to be productive and families can thrive across every community.
StriveTogether’s participation in this effort will bring fresh insights to how our Cradle to Career Network can improve outcomes for as many families as possible.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well- being. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm. We are experienced advisors to corporate, foundation and nonprofit/NGO leaders. Through our combination of customized consulting services, powerful insights and ground-breaking initiatives, we help clients around the world create social impact.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity by Lifting Up What Works®.