A collaborative initiative between ISOJI-MDT -- community grassroots activist -- and the Community Services District (CSD) -- local elected government
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Note: I cannot find a simple way to explain & present this complexity of social-equity problems and solutions -- all advice is welcome.
Welcome to the innovative Marin City Social Equity Project ... very possibly California's only community that is fully using its "community operating infrastructure" (COI) -- the services, programs, projects, cultural activities, facilities, transportation, workforce development and more -- to remove barriers caused by poverty, political neglect, discrimination, embedded disparities and under-utilized, but talented, leadership.
The ISOJI-MDT Taskteam is also applying Collective Impact" (www.fsg.org) guidelines-methods to the above infrastructure to acquire and manage information from all sectors of the community.
From this we are crafting baseline indicators, tracking and retaining data into our prototype equity-designed relational database. The sceduled implementation April-May 2017. This asset will provide uniform data, contact, indicator information amd equity status to all engaged stakeholders (in, neighboring & outside county providers).
With our equity tools and products we can maintain general and specific communications regarding determinants-of-equity, equity status of our service systems and community (see equity scale), identify priority disparities, point to areas in real-time of critical or contingency need, distribute schedules of civic activities, model an exemplary stakeholders communications and feedback network, and deploy resources and assets more equitably throughout our social, health and educational systems.
Information management is essential to our "making community whole" (cohesion) efforts.
By managing info through an equity lens, our Culture of Health (theme) and the Center of Community Life (capital improvement) will publicly represent needed social change.
The above include the implementation of our social change innovations, identifying collaborating works, collective impacts, joint outcomes and the use of "accurate" community-vetted data -- emphasis on "accurate."
Areas of significant impact include revitalized public housing, community land trust and our struggling school system. Our "best in the west" federally qualified health-wellness center is an outstanding contributors in reducing health disparities locally and beyond.
We view our equity process as a measurable asset for philanthropy, funders, investors, government officials, planners to help support long range social change -- necessary for "systemic" transformation
The meaning of this is that The Marin City Equity project articulates a measured and defined "Return On Social Investments (ROSI) providing "a bang for invested bucks).
We can produce a more comprehensive and accurate account of community affairs, collaborative works, identify collective impacts, and establish a much higher bar for public accountabiltiy and transparency.
Business as usual no longer applies. This change in accountability to "all our social-economic systems" is the starting point for a new era of "community equity modeling"
Siognificantly, the Marin City Equity Project connects the dots across all community sectors: *government, *human development, *economic development, *public housing revitalization and *environmental health and safety -- furthering our holistic-integrated approach. Additionally, the project is ahead of cultural competency issues, initiatives and upcoming requirements.
The multiple outcomes will establish a paradigm (model) which can be scaled and applied to geographically defined communities and/or areas designated as *Health or *Enterprise Zones (see California OHE strategic plan)
Finally, we ask our readers to be really mindful of the inherited dependency (both institutionally and psychological) that has dominanted poverty & risk communities far too long. Equity and our infrastructure/collective impact is a innovative approach to develop accountability, inclusiveness and transparency that will get us and others off the "dependency nipple" -- lets call it self-sustainability.
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