The partnership, in which PolicyLink is the program director, was founded on the belief that health and place are inextricably linked. Where you live impacts how you live. Healthy places are viewed broadly and cannot be defined by the presence or absence of disease alone. Rather, healthy places include a set of elements, which together create an environment that supports health and well-being and that promotes equity. The Partnership believes that by achieving conditions where all people can reach their full potential, we can create healthy people in healthy places in all communities. This vision requires strong, effective partnerships that crisscross fields and use strategies to affect change that will, in turn, impact environments, policies, and systems, particularly those that impact low-income communities and communities of color.
The steering committee includes representatives from Ascension Health, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Kresge Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serves as a critical technical advisor on the committee. And the Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving community health and equity through effective primary prevention, provides policy research and analysis along with strategic support.