There are bright spots throughout the country where communities have come together to improve the health and well-being of their families and neighbors; these must be amplified, shared and, as possible, brought to scale.
To deepen our learning and begin to coalesce around an actionable set of promising strategies for positive impact, Well Being Trust travelled across the country, hearing from thousands of community members about their experiences (good, bad, and otherwise) in creating conditions for well-being. This listening and learning tour culminated in the creation of Well Being Legacy, which highlights dozens of community successes and raises them up to serve as examples. Going forward, Well Being Legacy—which is being advanced via a growing partnership of more than 50 local communities and national organizations—is connecting leaders across traditional and non-traditional sectors, thereby creating complementary benefits (co-benefits) for the built environment, for racial equity, for food justice, for improved child development, among others.
“When we think about the big challenges in life, they seem very overwhelming. As one person how do you change issues around housing – or as one person how do you change how an entire nation thinks about race? It is in our relationships with each other that we can heal…that we can affirm each other’s qualities, and that we build the foundations for movements that can make big changes. And we all have the power to do that – to be that for each other. “ – Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States and Senior Fellow, WBT, at Well Being Legacy
A year after Well Being Legacy, the Well Being In the Nation (WIN) Network was created as the inheritor and logical next step. WIN is designed to braid several interconnected cooperative streams of work into an integrated force for change, including the Well Being Alliance, an alliance of leading organizations committed to demonstrating shared principles, adopting common measures, and advancing a social movement for investment, policy and practice changes that can achieve population-level outcomes.
In 2018, Well Being Trust incubated a new social venture led by the 19th Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD. With our support, his formative entity is building out the science base and growing the public/influencer discourse on what increases and what depletes personal, family, and community well-being. Dr. Murthy now serves as our first senior fellow, helping guide our Advisory Council.
EMOTIONAL WELL BEING SUMMIT
In January 2017, on his first day as Well Being Trust’s CEO, Tyler Norris presented at the “Emotional Well Being Summit” in Washington, D.C., which included over 100 leaders from across the nation, hosted by the Veterans Administration and 19th surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, MD. Since then, Well Being Trust has been incubating a new social venture that is advancing Dr. Murthy’s vision. With our support, his formative entity is building out the science base and growing the public/influencer discourse on what increases and what depletes personal, family and community well-being. Dr. Murthy now serves as our first senior fellow, helping guide our Advisory Council.
PARTNERSHIP WITH NONPROFIT FINANCE FUND AND PREVENTION INSTITUTE
Well Being Trust is committed to bringing together diverse stakeholders to advance community-driven solutions relating to key issues such as homelessness and trauma. Through our partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, we are engaging leaders in a cross-sector dialogue about strategies and innovations to unlock private capital for housing developments with supportive services and address solutions for high-needs individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. Similarly, we are working with Prevention Institute to build the capacity of California communities experiencing trauma to identify resources and promote healing through the advancement of their Adverse Community Experience and Resilience (ACE|R) framework.