CDC Joins Thriving Families, Safer Children to Promote Family Health and Well-Being
The Thriving Families, Safer Children effort has added another partner: the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC joins existing members — the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, the Children’s Bureau, and Prevent Child Abuse America® — that are focused on nurturing the conditions for strong, thriving families where all children are free from harm.
“Collaboration with the CDC strengthens our partnership’s work to prioritize prevention among the many strategies that ensure all children have what they need to thrive at home and in their communities,” says Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, vice president of the Casey Foundation’s Center for Systems Innovation. “The CDC will be an invaluable resource and partner as we work together to re-envision child welfare as an ecosystem committed to family well-being.”
Adding a Critical Expertise
With three decades of expertise in preventing injuries, violence, suicide and overdoses, the CDC’s Injury Center shares the partnership’s focus on promoting family health and well-being.
“We are excited about the partnership opportunity with Thriving Families, Safer Children that will allow us to intentionally connect our work in preventing adverse childhood experiences to the great work being done across the country,” says Christopher M. Jones, acting director of CDC’s Injury Center. “We look forward to leveraging our expertise and learning from the other national partners — as well as the 22 Thriving Families, Safer Children sites — as we work together to strengthen our families and communities.”
The Injury Center prioritizes using evidence-based strategies to prevent suicide, overdoses and adverse childhood experiences, which are traumatic events affecting children or witnessed by children from birth to age 17. Partnership sites across the country will benefit from the center’s strategies, resources and tools and gain access to its network of prevention-focused partners and grantees.
About Thriving Families, Safer Children
Thriving Families, Safer Children is a first-of-its-kind national, multiyear effort that spans the public, private and philanthropic sectors. It looks to create and enhance networks of community-based programming while also aligning government resources to offer a full continuum of prevention supports and services.
Beyond building stronger families and communities, the initiative seeks to end the harmful practice of family separation in child welfare systems. This work involves closely collaborating with young people and families who have experienced the child welfare system firsthand and leveraging resources and support to create more just, equitable and humane child and family well-being systems.