Healthy House and Leadership Development
in Interethnic Relations
Healthy House Within a MATCH (Multidisciplinary Approach to Cross-Cultural Health) Coalition is a grassroots, minority-led organization that aims to improve the quality of life, health and well-being of underserved populations in Merced County. This intermediary partners with the Los Angeles-based Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program to deliver its signature leadership development program to San Joaquin Valley community-based organizations.
Through the Community Leadership Project, Healthy House is providing leadership training to nonprofit leaders from disadvantaged communities.
Region Served: San Joaquin Valley
Merced, Fresno, Madera, Stanislaus and Tulare counties
Total Award: $200,000
The Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations program is based on the premise that leaders may be effective in their own niches, but don’t necessarily have the time, relationships, linkages or vision to connect with leaders and communities outside their own context.
Together, Healthy House and LDIR developed a new program, Leadership for Social Change. This program helps leaders learn how to ably reach across sectors for community solutions, and across color and cultural lines to build strong communities. Healthy House recruits participants for two cycles of leadership training, with 30 to 35 participants in each cycle for a total of 60 to 70 leaders over three years. Important features of the program include an equity-based organizational needs assessment, a retreat, skills workshops, and learning teams. When participants complete the program, they join an alumni network and continue to participate in activities over the three-year period of the Community Leadership Project.
Healthy House staff identifies participants based on their work with disadvantaged communities, the level of organizational support for the project and personal willingness to join an ongoing peer support process. Recruitment relies on existing community networks and Healthy House’s collaborative relationships with nonprofits and leaders in Merced County and throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
Project Launched: Spring 2010
Carmen M. Morgan