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East Texas Human Needs Network & Collective Impact May 30, 2014 East Texas Human Needs Network Christina Fulsom
East Texas Human Needs Network Poverty Data State of Emergency Strategic Commitments: Engage, Inspire, Thrive Collective Impact Team Update Q & A Action Items
The East Texas Human Needs Network was established as a response to meet needs of enormous scale that transcend the capacity of individual agencies. Steering Committee Fred Peters Tyler Junior College Education Lisa Allen Express Employment Professionals Employment Carlton Allen UT Health Northeast Healthcare Greg Grubb People Attempting To Help Housing Kristy Swann Range NDMJ Transportation Christina Fulsom Founder and Network Weaver
We are a County rich in beauty and prosperity, in education and opportunity, in security and health, in values and vision. Yet, within our richness lies poverty and fear, hunger and homelessness, unmet potential and despair. The state of economy in recent years has brought attention to the crisis of poverty. The issue is one that is complex. Many different elements connect to create the web of problems that holds individuals, families and communities down.
poverty noun, often attributive \ ˈ pä-v ˈ r-tē\ 1: the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions 37,075 people 19,091 adults 13,101 children 4,833 elderly US Census Bureau
Low educational attainment Unemployment Large family size Single parent family Disability Minority race or ethnic group Female gender Size and remoteness of home community No healthcare coverage
Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment The purpose of the comprehensive community needs assessment was to discover the unique needs and extent of poverty of the Smith County community as it relates to: Education Employment Healthcare Housing Transportation As well as child care, veterans needs, and legal matters.
Institutional Review Board Approval – UT Tyler 65 Questions, 300 possible responses Conducted in June and July 2013 by trained staff and volunteers at 14 ETHNN Smith County agencies.
EDUCATION 33% no high school diploma or GED EMPLOYMENT 42% unemployed HEALTHCARE 44% no health insurance HOUSING 12% homeless TRANSPORTATION 34% no reliable transportati on 65% live below POVERTY What the data uncovered :
It’s not just about having enough money to pay the bills, it’s about how poverty affects families economically, socially, emotionally, and physically. It’s about the erosion of our communities and the lack of hope people have for a better future. No matter how an individual ends up in poverty, chances are it’s not where they want to be.
Poverty is the unrelenting stress of keeping a family sheltered, clothed and fed...and hoping desperately to finally get a full week’s paycheck before the baby gets sick or the car breaks down…and choosing which bills to pay this month. It’s an exhausting day to day struggle without relief,that robs body and soul.
Poverty affects all aspects of life and limits people’s ability to live fruitful and happy lives. The data also present how people living in poverty experience a range of disadvantages which combine to reinforce each other and trap them in poverty, which reduces the length and quality of life often for multiple generations.
COLLECTIVE IMPACT Diverse organizations working together to address complex problems
The foundation on which many nonprofits are built is flawed and simplistic, focused on a symptom rather than the underlying set of problems, developed in isolation rather than as part of an integrated system, and organized to administer a narrowly tailored program or benefit rather than generate sustained, significant change for a person or community.
1. Common Agenda 2. Shared Measurement Systems 3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities 4. Continuous Communication 5. Backbone Support Organization
1. Generate ideas and dialogue 2. Initiate action 3. Organize for Impact 4. Sustain Action and Impact
The East Texas Human Needs Network is working to INSPIRE and ENGAGE people to ensure that ALL families and communities THRIVE.
ENGAGE Organize Communities and Develop Advocates to End Poverty
Multi-sector engagement Information sharing Research Priority setting and planning Evaluation and learning
PUBLIC - Government Responsibility to citizens for order, protection, public services, and economic stability. PRIVATE - Business Shared value: the health of the community (citizens) and the health of the company are mutually dependent. CIVIC - Non-profit Enhance the quality of life of citizens from disadvantaged circumstances.
EDUCATION 33% no high school diploma or GED EMPLOYMENT 42% unemployed HEALTHCARE 44% no health insurance HOUSING 12% homeless TRANSPORTATION 34% no reliable transportati on A state of emergency
Goals based on participants’ identified top needs EDUCATION School tuition EMPLOYMENT Career and job training HEALTHCARE Health Insurance Dental care HOUSING Utility assistance TRANSPORTATION Gasoline
Strategic action plans in the following areas: All children and adults have access to quality educational opportunities. Education Everyone has access to employment that pays a living wage. Employment Everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare. Healthcare Families and individuals have safe and affordable homes to live in. Housing Everyone has access to reliable, accessible and affordable transportation. Transportation
A work in progress Learning about the Collective Impact framework has provided needed guidance
INSPIRE Develop Leaders Committed to Ending Poverty throughout Smith County
Poverty education Lobbying and advocacy Facilitation and brokering Peer learning
THRIVE Build a Respected, Strategic, Countywide Organization that is an Effective Leader and Catalyst to End Poverty
Catalyst to end poverty through collective impact Common Agenda Shared Measurement Systems Mutually Reinforcing Activities Continuous Communication Backbone Support Organization
The East Texas Human Needs Network works to INSPIRE and ENGAGE people to ensure that ALL families and communities THRIVE.