The Leveraging Anchor Partnerships to Improve Health and Economic Opportunity – the August edition of NLC’s Cities of Opportunity Learning Lab – explored expanding the definition of anchor institutions beyond colleges, universities, and hospitals (“eds and meds”). By forming partnerships with institutions with deep community ties, that residents trust and respect, cities can better leverage their resources and build stronger networks to improve health and well-being for all in their communities.
Our esteemed speakers were:
- Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) – San Francisco, CA
- Tim Sheehan, Chief Development Officer, City of Springfield, MA
- Jan Rader, Director of the Mayor’s Council on Public Health and Drug Control Policy, City of Huntington, WV
Moderated by: Heidi Christensen, Public Affairs Specialist, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
City leaders from 18 different cities including Minneapolis, Lexington, Missoula, and Milwaukee participated in smaller group discussions and shared best practices on how to overcome obstacles to collaboration and foster strong partnerships.