The Convergence Partnership was founded in 2007 on the belief that by achieving conditions where all people can reach their full potential, we can create healthy people in healthy places in all communities. As a collaborative of the nation's largest health foundations and health care institutions, it catalyzes investments, research, and policy development to transform the systems affecting health equity outcomes for children, families, and communities. At the local, state, regional, and national levels, the Partnership works at the intersection of multiple issues and sectors to advance health equity through joint action and policy and practice changes.
For 10 years, PolicyLink has served as the program director, helping to develop and implement the plans and actions necessary to ensure that all people can live in healthy communities of opportunity.;
Since its inception, the Partnership has had the following achievements.;
- Over $4 billion of federal investments have been won through Convergence Partnership-funded efforts and education.
- A national network was created consisting of more than 70 local and regional funders committed to advancing healthy people and healthy places through multi-sector, equity-focused, policy-change efforts across the country.
- Access to healthy food has been expanded and regional food systems strengthened by supporting the inclusion and implementation of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, SNAP, Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program, and regional food systems innovations within the 2014 Farm Bill.
- Transit equity has been advanced nationally and locally by supporting the Transportation Equity Caucus's and Transportation for America's federal and local advocacy efforts and the integration of equity considerations into the implementation of California's landmark bill on climate change, SB 375.
In pursuit of the Convergence vision and mission, the Partnership supports efforts across four interrelated strategic areas: champion policy, transform narratives, amplify grassroots, and foster connections. The Partnership maintains its focus on core issue areas related to food systems, transportation, housing, climate, prevention, and health.
To learn more about this initiative, visit The Convergence Partnership website.text