Oakland, CA (July 27, 2020) – Communities across the country have an immense reservoir of energy, courage, and imagination that can propel widespread local and nationwide action around a single unifying and measurable expectation: All people and places thriving—no exceptions. This is the unifying message of a new guide and web resource released by Well Being Trust (WBT), developed with funding from the CDC Foundation, and contributed to by leaders from more than 100 diverse organizations and communities.
Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America highlights scores of actions that communities, organizations, businesses, governments and funders can take in the wake of COVID-19 and other related threats to our nation. It is a practical resource for everyone wanting to help America heal through the trauma of 2020 and secure the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive (i.e., a thriving natural world, basic needs for health and safety, humane housing, meaningful work and wealth, lifelong learning, reliable transportation, and belonging and civic muscle).
The work is rooted in four strategic imperatives: 1) affirm human dignity by establishing racial justice and full inclusion for all people as a daily, living reality; 2) strengthen belonging and civic muscle by working across differences for the well-being of people and places, which in turn, unlocks abundant assets of people and places; 3) expand all of the interconnected vital conditions with local stewards taking the lead, beginning with people and places that are struggling and suffering; and 4) solidify new legacies for living together by renewing civic life; economic life; as well as social, emotional, and spiritual life.
“To inform the COVID-19 response, the Springboard puts forward ideas, consistent with the social determinants of health, for anyone to spring into action and begin to improve their communities,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “We are pleased to support this effort and look forward to it being advanced by communities and organizations across the country.”
The Springboard contains three sections to help changemakers spring into action:
“We inherit vital conditions from choices made by our predecessors—their legacies are the starting points for our lives. However, we possess enormous capacities to either continue or transform those conditions, for better or for worse. The work at hand is to define the imperatives that will shape our own legacies for the next generation—the legacies that will prepare us for future crises and define our identity as a people,” said Tyler Norris, MDiv, CEO of Well Being Trust. “America’s movement for well-being and justice can never be codified in a single playbook. Yet, it can spring forward with great force and direction if we pursue our priorities, together, to make change happen where it counts.”
The Springboard lifts up diverse voices that describes our nation’s current situation amidst COVID-19, and points to what all in America can do, together, to emerge from the compounding crises of 2020 with greater resilience, humanity, and direction. It highlights dozens of prospective actions to accelerate an equitable recovery and build resilience over time, including (among many others):
The Springboard organizes the things all people and places need in order to thrive and is embraced by a fast-growing network of people and organizations from across the nation. Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities Across America is a project of Well Being Trust, coordinated with Community Initiatives and ReThink Health. This project conducted between May and June, 2020 is an evolving work. Support for the project was provided by the CDC Foundation.
So far, it includes the views and opinions of more than 100 contributors, but the Springboard does not necessarily reflect the official position of any individual or organization. It is now ready to spring to life with your input. To access the full report and resources, go to www.thriving.us. To reach the team and engage, write firstname.lastname@example.org
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Well Being Trust is an impact philanthropy dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. Created to include participation from organizations across sectors and perspectives, Well Being Trust is committed to innovating and addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America, and to transforming individual and community well-being. www.wellbeingtrust.org. Twitter: @WellBeingTrust