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Community Engagement

Sep 1 2018

Role of philanthropy during Hurricane Harvey

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The magnitude of the disaster forced philanthropies to learn quickly how to navigate complex public/private relief systems, flatten grantmaking processes, and work across sectors to identify and uphold nonprofits that provided relief for individuals and families, and to build the capacity of others that had the trust and knowledge of hard-to-reach communities such as immigrant and undocumented neighborhoods.

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May 26 2017

Bishop's Message: EHF's One Mission

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The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, IX Bishop of Texas and EHF's chairman of the board explains how EHF is working to model what it means to be a 'neighbor' to a new kind of community, so we become healthier together.

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Feb 15 2017

The importance of community engagement

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Troy Bush-DiDonato explains how EHF's Community Engagement Workshops can help congregations and organizations truly involve community members in identifying problems and creating solutions.

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Sep 28 2016

When men and mountains meet - A prevention story

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EHF program officer Jennifer Herrera shows the power of prevention that only happens when communities come together to find collaborative solutions.

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May 18 2016

EHF on the road - making community connections

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EHF volunteers recently walked neighborhoods in Houston's 5th Ward. See why they came away from the experience not only with a clearer picture of what it means to reach out and be in community, but what it means to create important connections with communities.

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Mar 21 2016

Why we take to the road

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Why does EHF travel Texas holding community meetings? We do this because there is no substitute for being on the ground, in the communities we serve, alongside the people who live and work there.

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Dec 15 2015

My road to strategic philanthropy

Shao-Chee.jpgDr. Shao-Chee Sim, EHF's new VP for applied research, shares how working in strategic philanthropy continues his lifelong interest in helping communities.

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Nov 10 2015

Video Blog: Getting the complete picture of community health

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In a video blog, EHF's community engagement officer Troy Bush-DiDonato explains the reasoning behind our latest research project looking at community health needs in three neighborhoods across Southwest Houston.

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Sep 29 2015

Making decisions using a "health" lens

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Lexi Nolen explains the reasoning behind EHF's new Health Impact Assessment partnership. See how two new projects will look at how city planning decisions affect community health.

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Sep 15 2015

In 2015, we need “different” not just “more”

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.53.01 AM.pngAccess to health care alone does not create healthy communities, nor will more access to more care. We need something different: we need to set our sights on health, not just health care.

 

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Jun 22 2015

EHF's Theory of Change

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EHF's Theory of Change is a statement about how change is expected to occur and the role that initiatives play in producing that change. It explains our core beliefs about transformation toward healthy communities.

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Jun 9 2015

From the Pulpit to the People

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It has been said that churches are the heart of a community.  A place to worship, reflect and support one another while demonstrating faith through works of service and helping others.  But It was inspiring to hear a priest ask his outreach team “how do we move from charity work to transformational work?” 

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May 27 2015

To Community and Beyond

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A community is so much more than geographical boundaries, neighborhoods and institutions. Our goal of developing community-driven, people-centered health systems is contingent on our understanding of the complex web of shared experiences and identities that inform people’s community affiliations.

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May 21 2015

Spreading Transformation - the One Simple Way You Can Help

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We just announced our first-ever grant partners. But what's the one thing they have in common that we'd like to improve? See how you can help spread positive change and transformation to community health across Texas.

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Apr 28 2015

The Roseto Connection

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Why the "Roseto" effect shows us connection can still be the foundation of community health.

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Apr 8 2015

Why Strategic Philanthropy Makes a Difference

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EHF embraces an emerging thread of philanthropy that utilizes strategic planning, evaluation, and learning systems. We want to be accountable for the resources we steward, and we believe communities deserve that kind of accountability. But how does strategic philanthropy differ from non-strategic philanthropy?

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Mar 27 2015

Place Matters

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When it comes to health, does it matter where kids live?  You bet it does.  There are 1.7 million children under 18 living in the 13-county Texas Gulf Coast Region.  When we compare health indicators for these children, we see wide disparities from county to county.

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Mar 23 2015

Vulnerable Populations - What Makes Flowers Bloom?

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Flowers, like people, come in so many beautiful forms. They are resilient and strong with an inner desire to bloom to the fullest potential.  So, how do we help vulnerable populations "bloom" when it comes to community health?

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Feb 26 2015

Impact: Three Ideas for Driving Transformational Change Through Joint Learning

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OK, folks. We are looking for conversation partners…. Won’t you take a minute to share your ideas and thoughts with us after you read this? This week’s topic…

Impact: Three ideas for driving transformational change through joint learning

People sometimes comment that I have an intriguing (if not downright “cool”) title: VP for Impact. Usually it opens up a conversation about EHF’s vision, how we understand our responsibilities as a philanthropy, and how we can engage continual learning to have better impact in moving towards that vision over time.

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Feb 19 2015

The ONE Reason Community Engagement Matters

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What is Community Engagement (CE)?  The term was given a formal definition by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in 1997.  It is “a process of working collaboratively with groups of people who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests, or similar situations with respect to issues affecting their wellbeing.”  This work begins with locating the right groups and then building a collaboration that will engage them and build local action.  Why should it matter to the Episcopal Health Foundation?  It matters because it works

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