By Jean Lalla
Chair of Strategic Planning Committee
Since the beginning of the ’20s decade, we’ve been inundated with change and turmoil – COVID, social injustice, and political disruptions have fundamentally changed how we live our lives. Although change can be hard, it does allow for us to reflect, review, and adjust how to move forward being the best version of ourselves and our community. This conscious view toward improvement and advancement is reflected in the Healthcare Foundation’s new strategic plan.
As a member of the Board of the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County and Chair of its Strategic Planning Committee, I am happy to report that we have developed a new Strategic Plan with a strong collective Vision, Mission, Guiding Principles, and Strategies, supporting the efforts in our community to eliminate health inequities in northern Sonoma County. We believe our strategic plan best positions us to support the changes in our community while making the greatest positive impact in our diverse region’s overall health and wellbeing.
We believe the Healthcare Foundation’s Mission as a connector of people and resources uniquely positions us to make significant positive impacts in our region. This is deeply rooted in our guiding principles of Collaboration, Community and Equity – by listening, integrating, trusting, and advocating for our community, we are directly influenced by the perspectives of our nonprofit partners and those they serve. In addition, our supporters are integrated into the plan, allowing us to draw on our community while ensuring alignment of our work with those that will benefit the most, including low-income and people of color, and families with young children.
Our Strategies are laser focused on achieving our Vision and Mission by intentionally directing our resources and efforts. Our two strategic areas of focus are: 1) Health Education and Professional Development; and 2) Community Resilience, Engagement and Support. We will align with partners who share our values to guide our community to a healthier and prosperous future. We believe investments in these strategic areas will help address the larger, systemic issues associated with health inequities by focusing on workforce and professional advancement and community empowerment, while continuing shorter-term, critical initiatives such as emergency grants and representation in collaborative COVID-mitigation efforts. All of our strategies support equitable access to culturally sensitive healthcare and mental health services, and promote overall community wellness.
I deeply appreciate all of you who have supported this process either directly or indirectly. Thanks to you, the Healthcare Foundation is well set on a Strategic Plan aligned with our community, and prepared to deliver the greatest impact.
You can read more about what is entailed in the above, as well as more generally about our new strategic plan, by going here.