Build the skills, knowledgebase and confidence of a regional group of journalists to better serve their communities, write stories that convey the complex dimensions of health care challenges and issues, explore their own biases and understand the impact of negative narratives in the media
Create a community of practice of community foundations to learn about and advance the most effective strategies to increase the economic stability of low-income families in their communities and to provide a forum for lessons and strategies to be shared with the broader philanthropic community
“We’re giving individuals the tools they need to get into a career and then we’re engaging them into the mainframe of the community,” said Roberto Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Program Director Peggy Vander Meulen discusses racial equity programming with Project Coordinator Denise Evans (left) and Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (right) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (left) interacts with Keturah Bell and her son Elijah at a Strong Beginnings support group meeting for breastfeeding families in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LINC UP’s Darel Ross attends the organization’s community food truck event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monthly event provides access to fresh foods for more than 250 disadvantaged families in the city.