The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Some key terms that define us:
Civic - "Relating to the duties or activities of people in relation to their (communities)."
Health - "a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well."
Coalition - "a group of people who join together for a common cause..."
Civic-minded - "concerned with the well-being of the community."
Mission Statement: CHC builds healthier communities by creating nationwide coalitions of civic-minded organizations that combine insights and innovations to help all organizations have a greater local impact.
The power of a coalition comes from the ability to combine resources. That's why the Civic Health Coalition is the leader in a new type of coalition building that is based on our "cooperative collaboration" approach. By compiling data and insights into cooperative databases, and coordinating communicaiton through networks of collaboration, CHC compiles and disseminates insights and innovations across the nation. By creating a "shared experience paradigm" among thousands of local organizations, CHC increases everyone's ability to have a greater local impact.
CHC realizes that improving the health of communities is a broad ranging mission that covers a multitude of potential issues. As a result, we have chosen to narrow our initial focus on addressing inequality and inequality's two most devastating consequences: poverty and homelessness. Building healthy communities will remain impossible, as long as these issues continue to undermine the social foundation of our society. Here is more information about our present efforts to address inequality, poverty, and homelessness:
Inequality comes in a number of different forms, which include social, economic, intellectual, and political. All of these types of inequalities are the result of an unequal allocation of both resources and opportunities within a society. Unfortunately, inequality is growing, but it is growing as the result of social and political forces. These are trends that we have the power to change as a democratic society.
Poverty is the result of the structure of our economy, the priorities of our society, and subsequent resource and opportunity inequality. All of this exists within a complex web of social and psychological issues. To help address the issue of poverty, the Civic Health Coalition is working with organizations across the country to compile and share research, insights, and ideas aimed at eliminating poverty.
One of the most important elements needed to address the issue of homelessness is an adequate supply of affordable housing. For many communities the lack of affordable housing is holding back efforts to eliminate homelessness. To meet this need, the Civic Health Coalition is working directly with communities to create plans to supply an adequate amount of privately developed affordable housing.