The Intersections Initiative brings together coalitions from the seven California communities served by Providence hospitals with the goal of advancing equity by addressing the community conditions that shape health, safety, and wellbeing. The seven coalitions are tackling issues as diverse as affordable housing, education, economic and workforce development, immigration, community trauma, and civic engagement.
St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund (The Fund) and Prevention Institute (PI) have been working together since 2016 to better understand the challenges and opportunities for Providence hospitals and their partners to intentionally pursue upstream community-level prevention. Through dialogue, discussion, training workshops, and strategy sessions, The Fund and PI engaged community benefit leads, multi-sector partners, and residents in a thoughtful planning period that emphasized the importance of moving upstream from programs and services to policy and systems change. Together, they explored which issues had the most traction in the community, identified strategies for impactful and equitable change, and ensured they had the right partners at the table to take action.