In 2017, the Lackawanna Public School district was connected with the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program through the Lackawanna Stakeholders Coalition as a result of Mobile Safety-Net Team partnership. Identifying the values, interests, needs and capacity of partners has become key to success not only for coalition focused initiatives, but for connecting MSNT partners to community partners. The school district had the need, drive and capacity to implement the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program. In 2017, the Lackawanna Public School district became the first turn-key site awardee. The program brings ongoing health screenings and education to the community alongside consistent data collection. In addition to support from the IHF, the district looked at transportation challenges for community residents and worked to bridge that gap with the program.
In 2018, the Building Unity through Community MSNT coalition of Akron-Newstead was also awarded the Good for the Neighborhood program and will launch the first event in August with a similar award. Coalition leaders serve as the host site and organizing partners in implementing the program with an emphasis on the needs in the community. Follow Building Unity through Community on their facebook page @BuildingUnitythroughCommunity.
To connect with either of these community partners and their Good for the Neighborhood efforts, contact Natalie Cook, Community Impact Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (716) 830-5636.