Partners and Coalitions

The National Collaborative actively partners with and facilitates collaboration among diverse individuals and organizations working to advance health equity and address the social determinants of health in order to create sustainable policy and systemic change These are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. They include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems. (Source: WHO) Our partners include, but are not limited to, the following organizations and networks:

Build Healthy Places Network

BHPN catalyzes and supports collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.

Center for Creative Learning

For more than four decades CCL has leveraged the power of leadership to transform individuals, teams, entire organizations and societies to achieve what matters most to them — with results that are powerful, measurable, and enduring.

The Conservation Fund

The Fund works with community and government leaders, businesses, landowners, conservation nonprofits and other partners to create innovative solutions that integrate economic and environmental objectives. The Fund also works with communities to strategically plan development and green space and offer training in conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.

CommonHealth ACTION

CommonHealth ACTION aligns people, strategies, and resources to generate solutions to health and policy challenges.

Leadership Learning Community

Leadership Learning Community LLC is national nonprofit organization transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated, primarily within the nonprofit sector. We focus on leveraging leadership as a means to create a more just and equitable society.

Institute for Alternative Futures

Since its founding in 1977 by Clement Bezold, Alvin Toffler and James Dator, IAF has helped organizations monitor trends, explore future possibilities and create the futures they prefer. IAF draws on a robust selection of futures methodologies, such as environmental scans, forecasts, scenarios, visioning and its own "aspirational futures" technique.

American Public Health Association

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.

American Planning Association

The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.

Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network

HELEN is a national network designed to bolster leadership and the exchange of ideas and information among communities of color and other vulnerable populations relative to the advancement of health equity in laws, policies, and programs.

Texas Health Institute

THI’s mission is to improve the health of Texans and their communities. As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, THI pursues solutions to accomplish quality, access, and cost effectiveness.

Virginia Commonthwealth University

VCU is a premier urban, public research university focused on academic success. VCU takes pride in its nationally ranked programs and academic medical center, research and scholarly productivity and engagement with the communities they serve and change.

W.K. Kellog Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer W.K. Kellogg, who defined its purpose as “…administering funds for the promotion of the welfare, comfort, health, education, feeding, clothing, sheltering and safeguarding of children and youth, directly or indirectly, without regard to sex, race, creed or nationality.

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of working families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs throughout the nation which are working to build a Culture of Health.

DentaQuest Foundation

The DentaQuest Foundation is committed to improving the systems that promote optimal oral health. Through our philanthropic investments, we support initiatives at the national, state and local levels that are driving change - See more at:

New Mexico Health Equity Partnership

The NMHEP strengthens the capacity of NM communities to shift power relations through advocating for systems and policy change that will improve the conditions where children, families, and communities are healthy.

National Voices Project

The National Voices Project is a new effort to bring the perspectives of thousands of people to the national dialogue about children. Children thrive on opportunity. But when opportunities differ because of children’s race or ethnicity, where they live, or because of who they are, children face barriers in their health, education, and economic security and success. Measuring disparities for children is a key step toward addressing disadvantage. Careful measurement of sensitive issues can bring greater understanding. In turn, understanding informs new initiatives that can lead to meaningful changes for children.

National Birth Equity Collaborative

The mission of the National Birth Equity Collaborative is to reduce African American infant mortality through research, family-centered collaboration, and advocacy.

University of New Mexico

The mission of the University of New Mexico is to serve as New Mexico’s flagship institution of higher learning through demonstrated and growing excellence in teaching, research, patient care, and community service.

National Association of County and City Health Officials

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) was founded in the 1960's. Since its inception, NACCHO has sought to improve the public's health while adhering to a set of core values: equity, excellence, participation, respect, integrity, leadership, science & innovation.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO's primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

Milken Institute

We are a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. We do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives.

Our work is guided by the formula that our founder and chairman, Michael Milken, developed: Prosperity equals the effect of financial technology acting to multiply the value of human capital, social capital and real assets.

George Washington University

Our University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.

Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement

The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and affiliate partners working to transform the healthcare delivery system and improve the health of populations – locally and nationally. From its offices in Maine and Washington, DC, NRHI provides education, leadership, and connections to its members.

Healthy Schools Campaign

Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), a national nonprofit organization, works to ensure that schools can provide students with healthy environments, nutritious food, health services and opportunities for physical activity.

Trust for America's Health

Trust for America’s Health promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority.