Global Communities

Global Communities works at the intersection of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and financial inclusion to save lives, advance equity and secure strong futures. They support communities at the forefront of their own development in more than 30 countries, partnering with local leaders, governments, civil society and the private sector to achieve a shared vision of a more just, prosperous and equitable global community.

San Diego is the heart of the organization’s United States programming, where Global Communities implements a diverse portfolio of work that focuses on ensuring all communities access equitable, high quality and culturally congruent supports in areas of health, safety, education and economic opportunities.

Some of their current and past projects in San Diego include:

  • Healthy Start: Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, this project provides free prenatal and childbirth education, postpartum and breastfeeding support, with a focus on Black families and immigrants in San Diego County, seeking to improve birth outcomes and support early child development.
  • Human Trafficking Prevention Initiative:  Global Communities’ Human Trafficking Prevention Initiative addresses the problem of human trafficking through raising awareness, building coalitions and empowering youth to prevent the problem before it begins. Through Project ROOTS, Global Communities educates and empowers at-risk youth ages 8-13 and addresses the root causes of gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and unhealthy relationships. Project ROOTS is one of the three interventions in the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective, an initiative to bring human trafficking awareness and prevention education to every school district across the county. In addition, Global Communities created the Employers Ending Exploitation Alliance, a coalition to leverage the collective power of the local business community to diminish human trafficking in San Diego.
  • COVID-19 Response Program: From August 2020 to June 2022, Global Communities’ COVID-19 Response Program addressed health equity issues across San Diego County by offering contact tracing and providing vaccine education and outreach services through partnerships with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Foundation and San Diego Wellness Collaborative.
  • Community Health Worker Training: Since 1999, Global Communities has been instrumental in the development of programs to train and deploy the community-based health workforce in San Diego, having helped establish the Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Program at San Diego City College, a 10-week CHW Leadership Academy to prepare individuals to pursue CHW careers. Most recently, the organization started a Birth Worker Initiative designed to increase access to high quality and respectful birth support through a culturally diverse and language appropriate health workforce in San Diego County. Global Communities organizes doula, childbirth and lactation educator trainings, including coaching and mentoring, to achieve this goal.
Global Communities