Building Blocks Collaborative
The Alameda County Building Blocks Collaborative brings together people with the ideas, the connections and the skills we need to create conditions where every child – in every neighborhood – can thrive. BBC grew out of an effort by the Alameda County Public Health Department in 2009 to create comprehensive solutions to the complex health problems facing our communities. We recognize that our health problems are not isolated – our solutions should not be, either.
Our strength is our collaborative. Our members are from diverse arenas – including local economic development agencies, food access projects, city and county government, community clinics, housing, and parks and recreation – all committed to improving health conditions in our most troubled neighborhoods. BBC is guided by a steering committee comprised of partners from Alameda County Food Bank, Girls Inc., Mandela Marketplace, YMCA, First Five Alameda, the Oakland Housing Authority, and the Alameda County Public Health Department. Our meetings rotate sites and hosts; ask Tanya.Rovira-Osterwalder@acgov.org how you can host our next meeting!
- Engaged more than 300 individuals from Alameda County organizations.
- Developed a collective vision for the Building Blocks Collaborative: our Bill of Rights.
- Offer trainings and dialogues on: health and social equity, food justice; health-wealth connection; race, power, privilege; grant writing; design thinking.
- Influenced strategic plans of following organizations: Oakland Unified School District, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, and Alameda County Community Asset Network.
- Created at least 20 of new innovative collaborations through Food to Families mini-grants 2012-2013.