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These slides are from a webinar designed to demonstrate how to use HealthyCity.org to inform and communicate your advocacy and policy goals. Integrating the data and tools available on ...

These slides are from a webinar designed to demonstrate how to use HealthyCity.org to inform and communicate your advocacy and policy goals. Integrating the data and tools available on HealthyCity.org into your organizational advocacy and policy strategies can broaden efforts to influence decision-making at the local, state, and federal level.

In this webinar you will learn how to:
- Research relevant resources and data throughout California such as demographic, health, education, and housing to inform your organizational policy proposals.
- Create maps and charts that can visually communicate your advocacy message to impact policy decisions.
- Gather data to enhance on-the-ground knowledge of the community’s perspective and needs in relation to specific policy proposals and decisions.
- Connect communities, advocates, and decision-makers to information and data to stimulate action for policy change.

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  • HC.org provides these people with data and technology to support their work within and on behalf of our communities. HC.org helps encourage data-driven planning and inform policy within sectors such as Education, Public Safety, Health, Public Health, Government, etc.
  • The next two slides show two major ‘types’ of data – point & thematic.
  • Viewing point and thematic data together enables you to get an initial picture of the distribution of resources, while understanding a particular characteristic about an area. For example, are there educational resources in areas with low educational attainment? Is there access to fresh food in areas with a high concentration of people with diabetes?
  • 1. Data such as demographic, health, education, and housing
  • Research relevant resources and data throughout California such as demographic, health, education, and housing to inform your organizational policy proposals. Ex 1: Your organization is focused on ensuring youth have an equal opportunity to live/grow up in safe communities, free from violence. Your organization has been a strong advocate for policies that promote the reduction of youth violence in communities. Currently, the state is proposing to fund youth violence prevention programs in communities across CA. To influence the distribution and use of these $’s, your organization is working with a network of similar orgs in CA who are seeking to advocate for how the state should consider allocating the funds and demonstrate the need within specific communities of interest for your network.1st – doing some initial research to explore potential relevant data that will demonstrate the needs across CA and within communities of particular interest to your network
  • This region seems to have a high rate of both:Homicide Rate & Juvenile Violent Felony Arrest Rate by CountyCalifornia Attorney General Criminal Justice Statistics Center (CJSC)
  • ? Usei-tool to say…We have networks/resources in Alameda, see that there is high need
  • ? Zoom in to say…We have networks/resources in Alameda, see that there is high need
  • You now have statewide view to demonstrate where your network see’s the need across CA. So this is the start of your preliminary research to inform and support your org’s/networks policy proposal to the state or local decision-makers about how/where to allocate funds. You can save this map to have available for future use or sharing with other network memebers, etc.
  • 2nd – Now that you’ve explored data for your org/network to demonstrate need across CA. You are now planning to organize legislative visits for your organization and network members. One key area you know you want to focus on is Alameda county, where you have key orgs in the network who can support advocacy in the area as well as data to demonstrate the need for funding to support youth violence prevention. Therefore, your next step would be to drill down to Alameda county, to find additional data that might be helpful and persuasive to lawmakers (might help them make the case for more/priority funding as well)
  • Look at homicide by Firearms to demonstrate exposure to violence within communities.
  • You might also want to assess types of resources or gaps in resources that exist within this area of high need.
  • Where have high concentration of schools, also high concentration of homicides by firearms – could be argument for exposure to violence and need.
  • Ex 3: Your organization has been advocating for better access to quality foods in a local community you serve. Currently, you have an initiative that is focused on advocating to local grocery store food chain executives/owners and local health department to improve food access/quality. To demonstrate the need for change, you are seeking to collect data on the quality of food in the local grocery stores and work with resident in community to tell their story of impact on them/community.

How to Use HealthyCity.org to Influence Policy How to Use HealthyCity.org to Influence Policy Presentation Transcript

  • Information + action for social change
    How to Use HealthyCity.org toInfluence Policy
  • Healthy City is a project of…
    A public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement
  • View slide
  • DIRECT TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO:
    ONLINE MAPPING TECHNOLOGY
    www.HealthyCity.org
    COMMUNITY RESEARCH LAB
    Training community groups to lead and sustain action-oriented research & technology projects
    …is an information + action resource that unites rigorous research, community voices and innovative technologiesto solve the root causes of social inequity
  • Partners
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Advancement Project
    USC School of Social Work
    2-1-1 LA County
    United Ways of California
    Children Now
    California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
    Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
    Prevention Institute
    The California Endowment
    Legal Services of No. Cal.
    CA Immigrant Policy Center
    CA Partnership
    California Rural Legal Assistance
    Central Valley Health Policy Institute
    Fresno Metro Ministry
    United Way Fresno County
    First 5 Fresno County
    Sacramento Housing Alliance
    UC Davis – Center for Regional Change
    Community Services Planning Council
    United Way Bay Area
    Santa Clara Comm. Benefits Coalition
    Urban Strategies Council
    San Mateo Healthy Communities Collaborative
    Contra Costa Crisis Center
    United Way of Fresno/2-1-1
    2-1-1 San Diego
    2-1-1 Monterey County
    2-1-1 San Bernardino
    Volunteer Center of Riverside County
    United Way Bay Area/Helplink
    Community Service Planning Council – 2-1-1 Sacramento
    UW Silicon Valley/Santa Clara
    Eden I & R – 211 Alameda
    Interface Children Family Services – 2-1-1 Ventura
    Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
  • Case Manager
    Funder
    Service Provider
    HealthyCity.org
    Website
    Community Organizer
    Policy Advocate
    Researcher
    …to fuel social change and improve our communities
    Who Uses HealthyCity.org?
    Grant Writer
  • What’s on HealthyCity.org?
  • Types of Data on HealthyCity.org
    Services & Points
    Social Services & Nonprofits
    Hospitals and FQHCs
    Public & Private Schools
    Grocery Stores & WIC Vendors
    Alcohol Outlets & Toxic Sites
    And much more…
  • Types of Data on HealthyCity.org
    Thematic
    Population Characteristics
    Civic Participation
    Employment, Income & Poverty
    Health Conditions, Diseases, Injuries and Deaths
    Crime & Public Safety
    Housing
    And much more…
  • “Point” & “Thematic” Data
  • Question for Participants
    What campaigns or projects are you working on that might benefit from data and/or mapping?
    (Type it in the question section)
  • Today you will learn how to:
    Research relevant resources and data throughout California to inform your policy proposals.
    Create maps and charts that can visually communicate your advocacy message to impact policy decisions.
    Gather on-the-ground knowledge of the community’s perspective and needs in relation to specific policy proposals and decisions.
    Connect communities, advocates, and decision-makers to information to stimulate action for policy change.
  • 1.
    Research relevant resources and data
    You can save and share anything you create while logged in
    GET STARTED!
  • Click the +- buttons
    to add data to your map
  • Add 2nd layer of data
  • Save your Map
  • Learn about our data sources
  • Research relevant data
    Questions?
  • 2.
    Create maps and charts that can visually communicate your advocacy message to impact policy decisions.
  • Click on Change to
    select your geography
  • Print your map
  • Create resource maps by adding point data
  • Homicide by Firearms &
    Youth Development Services
  • Homicide by Firearms &
    Public Schools
  • Compare District overall to a high need ZIP
  • Visual Evidence for Advocacy
  • Create maps and charts to visually communicate your message
    Questions?
  • Time to share…
    What campaigns or projects are you working on that might benefit from data and/or mapping?
  • 3.
    Gather on-the-ground knowledge of the community’s perspective and needs
  • Simulated Example:
    “Fresh Food for our Families” in Coachella
    Goals of this imagined network:
    Promote healthier food options in Coachella by gathering community knowledge to influence policy
  • You’ll need to be logged in to your account
  • A Live Map enables multiple people to :
    • Draw and drop points, lines, and shapes on a shared map
    • Attach photos & video
  • Click on Create a Live Map
  • Click to see comment & photo
  • Gather on-the-ground knowledge of the community’s perspective and needs
    Questions?
  • 4.
    Connect communities, advocates, and decision-makers to information to stimulate action for policy change.
  • Start adding “pages” to your Story
  • Your live map is now part of your Story
    Your story can have links to other websites
  • Connect communities, advocates, and decision-makers to information to stimulate action for policy change.
    Questions?
  • Help is Available:
    Click on
    • Healthy City User Guide
    or
    • FAQs
  • Thank You!