March 8, 2018 – San Diego, CA – On Monday, March 12, the Clinton Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, and County of San Diego will convene key thought leaders and local stakeholders to launch a detailed plan to improve the health and well-being of children and families in the San Diego region.

The “Strong Families, Thriving Communities Blueprint for Action” focuses on increasing equity and effectiveness for families who interact with San Diego’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems by aligning policies, practices, and resources.

The Blueprint for Action model is being implemented by the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative (CHMI). The model is currently adopted in areas across the country, including Adams County, Mississippi; Central Arkansas; Knox County, Illinois; Northeast Florida; and Greater Houston, Texas. The Coachella Valley of California recently completed its five-year Blueprint and is continuing to work to improve health and wellness. See more information about the results here and here.

In March 2017, CHMI, The San Diego Foundation, and the County of San Diego announced that San Diego would be the seventh community to join CHMI’s Community Health Transformation portfolio.

For the past year, representatives from CHMI, The San Diego Foundation, and the County of San Diego engaged with more than 100 community partners – the Strong Families, Thriving Communities Coalition – in a process that identified key challenges and solutions through bold action steps for children and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

County of San Diego Blueprint for Action Launch

Monday, March 12, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m. PT (12:30 p.m.: Press pre-set)

Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, 151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102


  • Welcome & Opening Remarks – San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox
  • Lived Experience: A Youth Perspective – Felicia Reyes, Youth Services Coordinator, Just in Time for Foster Youth
  • Fire Side Chat: James Bell, Founder and President of The W. Hayward Burns Institute, and the Honorable Carol Isackson, Superior Court, County of San Diego; moderated by Kathlyn Mead, President, CEO of The San Diego Foundation
    • Panel Discussion: Importance of Achieving Community Health and Changing Lives of Children and Families: Alice Kennedy, Asst. Dir. Child Welfare Services, County of San Diego; Rueben Littlejohn, Assistant Chief, Probation, County of San Diego; Reverend Gerald Brown- Executive Director, United African American Ministerial Action Council; Alfredo Aguirre, Director, Behavioral Health Services, County of San Diego; and Carolina Manzano, CEO, Southern Indian Health Council
    • Overview: Strong Families, Thriving Communities Blueprint for Action: Sara Couppas, Senior Program Manager, National Programs, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, and Jeff Weiner, Program Manager, National Programs, CHMI

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. Our regional community foundation is engaged in a diverse array of program areas, including: Arts, Culture & Humanity; Civil Society and Social Innovation; Disaster Preparedness & Relief; Education; Environment; Health & Human Services; Housing & Shelter; Public Safety, and Youth Development. As identified in Our Greater San Diego Vision, TSDF is committed to collaboration and partnerships that accelerate positive change within the framework of WELL — Work, Enjoy, Live & Learn. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website.

About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, that premise has energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are
designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.

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