February 25, 2020
Feb 25

Clinton Foundation completes launch of the Strong Families, Thriving Communities coalition to improve public health in San Diego, California

San Diego, CA
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  February 25, 2020

Contact: [email protected]

Clinton Foundation completes launch of the Strong Families, Thriving Communities coalition to improve public health in San Diego, California

Since 2017, work in San Diego County through the Strong Families, Thriving Communities coalition aimed to improve the health and wellness of children and families; will continue through sustained efforts

San Diego, CA – The Clinton Foundation has released a report detailing the impact and progress made in three years to improve the health and well-being of children and families that interact with San Diego child welfare and juvenile justice systems through the Strong Families, Thriving Communities (SFTC) coalition, which is led by the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), in partnership with The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) and the County of San Diego (COSD).

Using its Community Health Transformation model, CHMI works in targeted regions within a pre-determined timeframe to bring together diverse groups of stakeholders around a strategic blueprint and common goals to improve health outcomes and then works to turn that plan into action.

San Diego County was the seventh region to adopt learnings of CHMI’s Community Health Transformation model, which has also been implemented and completed in Coachella Valley, California; Central Arkansas (Little Rock); Northeast Florida (Jacksonville); Greater Houston, Texas; Adams County (Natchez), Mississippi; and Knox County (Galesburg), Illinois.

Beginning in 2017, an independent team of researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine conducted the evaluation for the San Diego County region, where they state:

“SFTC has made notable progress in creating the conditions for important changes to the programming and practices of the many organizations that make up the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.”

Notable projects include:

  • Trauma-Informed Care Code of Conduct – Members of CHMI and SFTC working groups worked with approximately 35 young people with lived experience to create a Code of Conduct that is a statement of their expectations about how children, youth, and families should be treated by government agencies, nonprofits, and communities of support who interact with them. To date, more than 40 organizations in San Diego have adopted the Code of Conduct and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), passed a resolution that will make the Code of Conduct an official tool for student evaluation of adult service providers.  


  • Native American Cultural Competency and Trauma-Informed Care - An SFTC working group held two workshops, attended by 160 people, bringing together Native American tribes, San Diego County agencies, nonprofits, and academics in a first of its kind format for shared learning on key principles of trauma and resilience with respect to the Native American culture and experience.


  • Mentorship - Launching of the San Diego Mentorship Network (SDMN), a physical and virtual space that connects more than 150 mentorship program leaders, young people, service providers, and interested citizens. SDMN enhances collaboration between organizations and individuals who mentor youth by facilitating capacity-building and training opportunities, catalyzing programmatic partnerships between organizations, promoting existing work, and driving recruitment through outreach and events.


  • Behavioral Health - An SFTC working group was established to bring together nonprofit, County, and community partners with the primary focus of expanding access to non-clinical behavioral health outreach, education, and service navigation support through the establishment of programmatic partnerships. San Diego 211 assisted the working group by producing a behavioral health Asset Map which includes over 18,000 behavioral health needs (incoming calls) that are mapped by zip code, overlaid with a map of over 590 behavioral health service providers across San Diego County to define areas in need of behavioral health services. 

The three-year report also shares the work in the San Diego County region that will continue through the local network of stakeholders to address community health needs.

The report is available in full here.

About the Community Health Transformation Model

Without one cohesive strategy, many efforts to promote health and wellness do not complement each other as effectively as possible and therefore, are not as impactful. CHMI’s Community Health Transformation model connects and provides resources to local organizations to maximize the impact of efforts to improve health and wellness in their communities. These entities include local governments; hospitals, doctors, and others in the provider community; local nonprofits and support groups; members of the local business community; and many others.

In each community, CHMI:

  • Takes an intensive look at the community’s overall health and wellness, including an examination of community and population health indicators to determine areas of greatest need.
  • Convenes key stakeholders from across sectors to hear more about what organizations and leaders have been doing and what their priorities are.
  • Works collaboratively with these stakeholders to chart a local Blueprint for Action, which includes key priority areas and specific recommendations.
  • Coordinates across sectors to help implement these solutions identified in the Blueprint for Action.
  • Works with national, regional, and local experts and programs to leverage additional resources that will help advance priority actions in the local Blueprint for Action.


About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.