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Case Study: Ending the HIV Epidemic in Cook County, Illinois

March 9, 2023

This resource provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in Cook County, IL − the most populous county in the state and the second most populous county in the U.S. − and the amount of HIV-related philanthropic funding received by organizations there in 2020. It complements a data partnership between Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) and AIDSVu, which offers a glimpse at what the HIV epidemic looks like in the 57 jurisdictions prioritized in the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative (EHE).To learn more about the work behind these numbers, please read this feature story with AIDS Foundation Chicago.

Case Study: Ending the HIV Epidemic in Washington, D.C.

March 9, 2023

This resource provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in Washington, D.C. and the amount of HIV-related philanthropic funding received by organizations there in 2020. It complements a data partnership between Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) and AIDSVu, offering a glimpse at what the HIV epidemic looks like in the 57 jurisdictions prioritized in the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative (EHE).

The Art of Economic Justice: An Impact Report on Guaranteed Income Pilots for Artists and Creative Workers in Minnesota

February 9, 2023

In 2021, Springboard for the Arts launched one of the first Guaranteed Income pilots in the country focused on individual artists and creative workers.This innovative pilot and narrative change strategy was designed in partnership with the City of St. Paul's People's Prosperity Pilot guaranteed income program. The City of St. Paul is a leader in the national Mayors for Guaranteed Income network, which works to incorporate learning and research from local pilots into state and federal policy recommendations.Springboard undertook this work to demonstrate that artists should be recipients of economic system change and that they are powerful allies in movements for economic justice.The goals of Springboard's GI original pilot were:1) Provide 25 artists and creative workers located in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods of St. Paul, MN with $500 monthly payments for 18 months.2) Support a cohort of artists to lead narrative change projects to build understanding about the need for economic justice in our community.3) Develop research and inform policy by specifically demonstrating the impact that guaranteed income has on artist communities and the ways in which artists can contribute their skills to movements around economic justice.

Lessons in Collaboration: A Case Study by Detroit’s Early Childhood Education Support Cohort

February 7, 2023

For four years ending in 2022, the nine nonprofits in the Detroit Early Childhood Education Support Initiative worked with and on behalf of over 100 early childhood centers through whole child and the whole family programs ranging from healthy living and nutrition to parent and caregiver engagement and advocacy.  The case study details how their cohort — supported by nonprofit Mathematica — worked to collectively strengthen the early childhood system, improve coordination with families and providers, and leverage each other's programming to more holistically serve the needs of children and families. The nine nonprofits in the initiative were ACCESS, Children's Center of Wayne County, Inc., Detroit Educational TV, Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., Keep Growing Detroit, Learn Early, Living Arts Detroit, Mothering Justice and the National Kidney Foundation.

Disparities in Preventive Care Receipt in Washington, DC, During the Coronavirus Pandemic

January 31, 2023

The District of Columbia, like the nation, has long experienced persistent racial, ethnic, income, and health disparities. These have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which first took hold in mid-March 2020. Pandemic-induced shutdowns caused major disruptions in the nation's critical infrastructure, social support services, and health care system. As a result, many were unable to access needed preventive care services.This Urban Institute project sought to better understand how and whether the pandemic affected access to and use of preventive health care in Washington DC, particularly among communities that have historically lacked access to high quality health care services.

Community Fund: A Participatory Grantmaking Case Study

January 26, 2023

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Community team is committed to creating a more equitable, inclusive, and just California full of opportunity, where everyone and every community has the power to shape their future. Key to advancing this mission is CZI's Community Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations across San Mateo County, providing essential programming and acting as catalysts for social change in their communities.Since its inception in 2017, the Community Fund has supported 175 organizations with close to $26 million in grants. These grants empower local changemakers to tackle structural inequities in their communities, from the housing crisis to educational barriers. We hope that the fund — and its impact — will continue to grow, bettering the quality of life for people across San Mateo County and the Bay Area for generations to come.This report maps out the history and growth of the Community Fund, as well as the creation of the Fund's participatory grantmaking practice in the 2021 and 2022 grantmaking cycles, which propelled grants totaling $13 million to 139 organizations across San Mateo County. This collaborative funding approach engages directly impacted community members as part of the grant funding decision-making process in an effort to build trust and prioritize community voice.

A Qualitative Evaluation of Advances in Emergency Department Opioid Use Disorder Care in Michigan

January 10, 2023

The United States opioid epidemic claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year due to opioid overdose. Hospital emergency departments (EDs) have been essential in combatting the crisis by stabilizing patients who are experiencing an overdose and other symptoms of their opioid use disorders (OUD). Over time, EDs have also become more involved in providing other addiction treatment services, such as prescribing and administering medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and referring their patients to outpatient behavioral health care providers for follow-up treatment. Policymakers have been essential in driving EDs to expand the scope of their addiction medicine services and referrals by creating specialized programs that provide incentivizes to participating hospitals.The following report summarizes advances in opioid use disorder care within EDs in 19 hospitals across 8 health systems in Michigan. These hospitals participated in an initiative created by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) in collaboration with the Michigan Opioid Partnership (MOP), a public-private collaborative with a mission to reduce opioid overdoses in Michigan by improving the access and quality of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery services. The initiative was supported by State Opioid Response grants from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Vital Strategies, a global public health organization that helps governments strengthen public health, provided support, technical assistance, and resources to improve hospital coordination and designed the evaluation. Specifically, hospitals were provided funding by CFSEM to improve OUD care training, coordination, delivery, and quality in their EDs. Hospitals and health systems funded by CFSEM included the University of Michigan Health System (Michigan Medicine hospital), Trinity Health (Mercy Health Muskegon, Mercy Health St. Mary, St. Joseph Mercy - Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland), Henry Ford Health Systems (Henry Ford – Main, Henry Ford - Wynadotte/ Brownstown), Beaumont Health Systems (Beaumont - Royal Oak, Beaumont – Troy, Beaumont – Wayne), Ascension (Ascension St. John Hospital, Ascension Genesys Hospital), Munson Healthcare (Munson Medical Center - Traverse City, Sparrow Health System (Sparrow Hospital - Lansing), Spectrum Health (Spectrum Health Butterworth), War Memorial, and Hurley Medical Center. After receiving funding, hospitals created work plans related to improving opioid use disorder care in their EDs, including by increasing their number of employed X-waivered providers, integrating clinical tracking and support tools into electronic medical records, and connecting patients with behavioral health care providers in the community to establish treatment continuity (i.e., "warm handoffs"). Researchers with the Bloomberg Overdose Prevention Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health evaluated hospital improvement in these areas using surveys and qualitative interviews with participants.

The role of major retailers and supermarkets in the transition from industrial animal agriculture to alternative proteins in low- and middle-income countries: The case of Brazil

December 15, 2022

This report analyzes how supermarkets in Brazil promote plant-based "meat" compared with animal-based products. It also compares plant-based products coming from companies that also offer meat (i.e. meat processing companies) with products from companies that only manufacture plant-based products (plant-based "exclusive" firms).The findings are as follows: 1. Plant-based meat is less widely available in supermarkets than animal meat. 2. Plant-based meat is significantly more expensive than animal meat. 3. Animal products are more often promoted through price reduction and multi-buy offers than their plant-based analogues. 4. Products from plant-based exclusive firms have higher prices, more fragmented availability, and lower discounts compared with plant-based products from meat processor companies. To discourage the production and consumption of meat in Brazil (a country that is the world's top producer and consumer of industrial meat), and encourage the transition to alternative protein products, one should:1. Increase the availability of plant-based products in supermarkets. 2. Lower plant-based meat prices. 3.Increase the presence of smaller and purely plant-based companies in retail outlets. 4. Reduce the promotion of animal meat products. To achieve the above outcomes, one should: 1. Reach out to retailers (e.g. to propose that they make alternative protein products more visible and available). 2. Invest in research (e.g. to find alternative protein sources that have cheaper ingredients). 3. Raise consumer awareness of the benefits of plant-based products and the importance of plant-based exclusive firms. 4. Empower smaller and plant-based exclusive firms. 5. Reach out to policymakers (e.g. for financial support for plant-based meat research, for transferring subsidies away from animal meat, for strengthening alternative protein sector's entrepreneurial ecosystem).

Boosting Upward Mobility: A Planning Guide for Local Action

November 16, 2022

Are you a member of local government who wants to increase upward mobility in your community? If so, this guide can help you better understand impediments to upward mobility and build a cross-sector team that can plan, advocate for, and implement a set of systems changes focused on bringing all members of your community out of poverty and creating more equitable results.We developed this guide with you—the user—in mind. It provides practical advice for people driven to boost mobility from poverty and asking, "Where do I start?" More specifically, this guide is intended for city and county government leaders who can plan, advocate for, and implement a set of policy and program changes—informed by the Mobility Metrics (explained in the next section)—that are focused on boosting mobility from poverty.

Lakou Kajou’s audio distance learning program using voice bot technology on the Viamo platform: Results of a Pilot Study

November 9, 2022

This pilot study investigated the usability and educational effectiveness of delivering Lakou Kajou's Eksploratoryòm audio science program in Haiti via Viamo's interactive voice response (IVR) platform. The research showed that the platform holds great promise for providing an effective way to distribute the Eksploratoryòm's distance learning content to young learners in Haiti, including those in difficult to reach, under-resourced parts of the country.

Untapped Opportunities: Climate Financing for Food Systems Transformation

October 24, 2022

Growing, processing and transporting food accounts for one-third of all global greenhouse gas emissions, but just 3% of public climate finance goes to food systems. Untapped Opportunities: Climate Financing for Food Systems Transformation presents the case for food systems as a climate solution and priority, with recommendations for action. This includes the need to align public financial flows to food systems with climate ambition and action plans, and channelling public climate finance into food systems to support policies, programs, and projects that deliver on climate goals and a host of co-benefits for biodiversity, health, and food system resilience. Despite the potential for climate mitigation and adaptation, food systems are consistently underestimated and underfunded. This report is designed to inform policy development and implementation, climate advocacy, and climate finance structures, with clear recommendations and opportunities for directing climate finance to food systems as a climate solution.

Expanding Social and Emotional Learning Beyond the School Walls in Boston: One of Six Case Studies of Schools and Out-of-School-Time Program Partners

September 15, 2022

This case study is one of a series detailing how schools and out-of-school-time (OST) programs in six communities have collaborated to build students' social and emotional skills. The communities are participants in Wallace's Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative, which has brought together school districts and their OST partners to develop and implement mutually reinforcing social and emotional learning (SEL) activities and instruction across learning settings.This case study features the Russell Elementary School in Boston and its OST partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. The two collaborated to expand Russell students' access to enrichment by using the Clubs' ample facilities and linking the enrichment activities to the school-day curriculum through a shared focus on SEL. The goal was to provide students with important enrichment activities that they otherwise would not get in their normal school day as well as the opportunity to learn social-emotional skills in new settings and contexts.The case study details how the partnership overcame challenges, including early financial obstacles and disruptions to the learning schedule in both settings. For example, consistent communication between the principal and the OST program director helped to solve problems as they arose and to develop the partnership at the leadership level. Providing formal and informal opportunities for program staff members and Russell teachers to collaborate and see each other's work built trust and strengthened relationships, increasing staff and teacher buy-in to the effort.