United Way of Santa Cruz County (UWSCC)
helped launch the Youth Violence Prevention Task-Force (YVPT) and county-wide strategic planning process in 2012 in partnership with Santa Cruz County Criminal Justice Council. This issue of youth violence (especially for youth of color) effects Santa Cruz County more than almost any county in the United States. Within a year, The Youth Violence Prevention Task Force completed the first Status on Youth Violence report for Santa Cruz County. Representing input from over 200 stakeholders through two community summits and monthly task force meetings, the report presents local primary and secondary data on over 60 indicators that are known risk and protective factors for youth violence. This outreach included communities that UWSCC typically does not hear from: focus groups in English and Spanish, migrant parents, and grass roots and social justice organizations
United Way of Central Alabama
and local partners established the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership (HAP) in 2007 to address health disparities and improve the health of Jefferson County Residents. The reports highlight areas of greatest need and continue to play an important part in raising community awareness of the social determinants of health. As a result of releasing the reports, health equity discussions have been brought to the forefront within the community and there has been an ever-increasing demand for local training on equity, diversity, and inclusion. To date, over 1,400 individuals have received training on health equity and the social determinants of health, including staff at United Way of Central Alabama. The Health Action Partnership has an accountability structure in place to align community-based work with health equity guiding principles. Next steps for UWCA include creating health equity reports for the additional four counties in the UWCA service area.