Peer Networking and Place-Based Initiatives

Posted September 15, 2010
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Human Interaction Research Institute
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This report — a thought paper rooted in 47 interviews with industry leaders — highlights what we’ve learned about utilizing peer networking to advance recent place-based initiatives. It then shapes these lessons into 10 solid strategies for successfully incorporating peer networking into the new multiyear, mutli-million dollar Building Healthy Communities project.

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The idea behind this massive initiative is simple: healthier communities = healthier children

The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities program is a $250 million place-based initiative dedicated to helping 14 communities in California create an environment where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. To realize this vision, a diverse set of players must work together over the initiative’s 10-year commitment. Peer networks — which provide a venue for communications, resource sharing and problem solving — can serve an important role facilitating such cooperation at each site.