Clinton Foundation Announces Partnership Focused on Strengthening Support for San Diego’s Children and Families

NEWS // March 23, 2017

Clinton Foundation Announces Partnership Focused on Strengthening Support for San Diego’s Children and Families

The Clinton Foundation announced a new partnership today with the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency and The San Diego Foundation to build upon Live Well San Diego’s success in improving the health and well-being of children in the community.

The partnership, forged through the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), will bring together local leaders and organizations to focus on children and families that receive assistance from local agencies in San Diego County.

This multi-year partnership builds on CHMI’s record of bringing together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to improve the health of others.

In the coming months, CHMI and its partners will engage a coalition of San Diego County agencies – both public and private – that provide care to children and families, including child welfare and juvenile justice.

This work aims to facilitate community collaboration and create systemic change by leveraging the success of Live Well San Diego, which spans the county and addresses the broad spectrum of indicators within the social determinants of health.

“Too often, children and families needlessly struggle because of gaps in the child health and welfare systems,” said Gillian Sealy, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. “By addressing these gaps, we can help increase the number of children and families who are getting the help they need, and create pathways for them to succeed later in life. We are excited to work with The San Diego Foundation, the County of San Diego, and the broader community to build on their work to address this important issue.”

“We are honored to engage in this partnership focused on improving the quality of life for San Diego children and their families,” shared Kathlyn Mead, CEO and President of The San Diego Foundation. “All of our regional communities deserve collaborative and effective systems that provide the best health and well-being outcomes for our children now and in the future.”

Live Well San Diego is about cross-sector collaboration and building on the diverse perspectives from our communities to achieve a shared goal of a healthier, safer and more thriving region,” said Nick Macchione, Director of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. “We are excited about this new partnership that is aimed at strengthening families and addressing critical issues impacting our children today.”

Over the next two years and beyond, this partnership will work to:

  • Elevate the topic of disparities and inequities within the space of child welfare and juvenile justice, and facilitate a broader conversation on the current state of these systems;
  • Convene key decision makers, change agents, and stakeholders from across San Diego County to build consensus around a common agenda, objectives, and best path forward;
  • Present the outcomes of these findings, sharing a distillation of perspectives, data, and information related to the state of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and the factors that influence them; and,
  • Launch a strategic plan based on findings to implement solutions that will improve the health and wellbeing of children and families across San Diego. 

CHMI brings together individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful, collective contributions to the health of others, including efforts to address the opioid epidemic, improve workplace health efforts, strengthen health technology solutions, support the well-being of our nation’s veterans and their families, and create safer college campuses. CHMI also works alongside the communities of Adams County, Mississippi; the Coachella Valley of California; Central Arkansas; Northeast Florida; Greater Houston, Texas; and Knox County, Illinois to facilitate community health transformation efforts that are reaching approximately 8 million residents across the United States.

The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhoo​​​d obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, nearly 35,000 American schools have provided kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 150,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; working with partners, more than 8.5 million trees and tree seedlings have been planted to strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods; over 600,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises and health and wellbeing programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.

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The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. The Foundation collaborates to address the most pressing challenges in our region, focusing on immediate needs while catalyzing opportunities to effect enduring change. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region.

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The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is an integrated agency that provides direct services to more than 1 million residents, and manages an array of programs that ensure the health and safety of the region’s 3.2 million residents. With an annual operating budget of $1.9 billion and more than 6,300 employees, HHSA services include public health, behavioral health, safety net programs, housing support, child welfare and aging support programs, and refugee services. HHSA services advance Live Well San Diego—the County’s vision for a region that is building better health, living safely and thriving. Launched in 2010, Live Well San Diego has grown into a regional movement, with more than 265 formally recognized partners representing businesses, health care, education, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

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