By AMCHP Staff
The Raising of America is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development. In the year since its release, the Raising of America documentary and resources have been used by hundreds of organizations to spark new conversations and change through community engagement. On Sept. 21, AMCHP and partners in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention, the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Healthy Heartlands Collaborative hosted a webinar that highlighted how state and local communities have used the series to build strategic partnerships and implement policy, systems and environmental changes to improve child health and development.
The webinar featured examples from Kansas City, Mo., about how community and public health organizations worked together to engage over 1,600 individuals in a “Raising of Kansas City” agenda that supports comprehensive early learning education solutions from a racial equity and families-first framework. As a result of those efforts, Kansas City created a six- to eight-week paid parental leave option for all 6,000 city employees.
Colorado shared how the state’s Early Childhood Partnership provides the space and conditions for diverse partners to come together, identify common results, share best practices, implement strategies and track progress in child and family well-being and in systems performance improvement. The statewide partnership supported communities in their efforts to help parents contribute to the workforce while build strong relationships with their children. In Boulder County, this work included providing four weeks of paid family leave for all county employees and creating “infants in the office” policies for county employees.