First 5 Sonoma County Commissioners and staff participate in other collaborative efforts to increase the integration of systems and to effect policy change to fill gaps and better serve the needs of children 0-5 and their families.
Health Action is the framework for a community engagement effort to get people involved in creating a healthier Sonoma County. It starts at home with a personal commitment. It continues at work and school with wellness-focus policies and opportunities that encourage healthy living. It culminates in the community with a shared vision for overall good health.
Cradle to Career Sonoma County, a sub-committe of Health Action is a partnership comprised of leaders in education, non-profit, government, business and the community at large. Cradle to Career promotes and expands educational opportunities from birth to career with the goal of preparing all youth for success. View the Health Action Live Story
Dental Health Network
The Dental Health Network strives to strengthen Sonoma County’s dental health system. The Network brings together advocates and providers to learn about and address oral health issues.
IMPACT Region 1 HUB
The primary focus of the Hubs is to provide coordination and specialized support to consortia within a region or with similar technical assistance needs to create economies of scale while building a local early learning system. As a regional body, the Hubs are required to:
- Help consortia identify local and regional strengths and assets, and determine local and regional gaps and needs
- Coordinate regional activities to implement the CA-QRIS elements and systems functions
- Reduce regional duplication of efforts
- Build local and regional expertise, and incorporate state and federal evidence based practices models
- Maintain a strong connection to the CA-QRIS
The Hubs emphasize local flexibility and consortia partnership to foster innovation and build local and regional capacity. Like First 5 IMPACT, the Hubs are designed intentionally to incorporate recent research; build on effective practices from current and past local, state, and federal initiatives; and leverage existing resources and non-First 5 dollars.
The collaborative includes three grantees who are funded by the Mental Health Services Act and First 5 to provide a variety of services which aim to reduce risk factors, build protective factors and skills and increase support for families with children birth to 5 yrs. The three grantees including Child Parent Institute, Early Learning Institute and Petaluma People Services Center work together to build a continuum of care that includes screening, intervention and support strategies. The collaborative also works to identify ways to integrate the work of early childhood mental health providers and build an effective system of early childhood social-emotional health.
Upstreams Investments is sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and widely supported throughout the community. It seeks to eliminate poverty in Sonoma County and ensure equal opportunity for quality education and good health in nurturing home and community environments.
The three primary strategies are:
- Invest Early: Whenever possible, dedicate funding and other resources to prevention-focused policies and interventions.
- Invest Wisely: Ensure that upstream policies and interventions have the highest possible likelihood of success by selecting those that are backed by sound evidence.
- Invest Together: Focus community-wide upstream policies and interventions on preventing six targeted factors and improving 26 indicators of success to achieve the Upstream vision, mission, goals, and measureable impacts.
Sonoma County ACEs Connection
Sonoma County ACEs Connection works to:
- Inform our community about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their lifelong effects and effective interventions.
- Promote evidence-based strategies and programs to reduce the impact of ACEs.
- Build resilience and prevent future ACEs.
- Change systems to identify and serve persons impacted by trauma more effectively.