The Foundation's Roadmaps to Health Community grants initiative was designed to identify, support, and disseminate models of cross-sector coalitions working to improve health by taking action to address the social and economic determinants of health, such as education, employment, income, community safety, and family and social support.Under this project, the City of Manchester Health Department and its coalition partners seek to prevent violence and increase resident engagement by transforming three public schools into community schools. Their goal is to address community safety by increasing neighborhood social connectedness by transforming schools in safe havens where families and community members can access needed supports. In addition, the coalition will develop a centralized data collection tool to integrate previously disconnected services into a centralized, robust and accountable neighborhood improvement system. The coalition will reform school policies and systems to support community schools, educate and engage leaders from the community and business sector, align and coordinate with other health and community safety efforts in the City of Manchester, engage service providers in the community school framework, and secure support to sustain and expand the community schools effort to other schools. No RWJF dollars will be used for lobbying. Deliverables include development of supportive school policies and administrative supports, training of school staff on community schools frameworks, implementation of three community schools in Manchester, adoption of Promise Scorecard software across the schools and other service providers, development of family and community engagement action plans, conducting of surveys and other evaluation protocols, and development of a sustainability plan for the community schools framework.
Amount Awarded $165,841.00
Awarded on: 11/8/2012
Time frame: 11/1/2012 - 1/31/2015
Grant Number: 70533