Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Community Health Coalition* West Modesto/ Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative History
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The Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Community Health Coalition (SMCHC)*West Modesto/ King Kennedy Neighborhood (WMKKNC) is a direct result of the formation of the Stanislaus County Minority Community Health Coalition, which was established April 22, 1991. As a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, the SMCHC/WMKKNC has overseen the coordination and implementation of numerous projects and services in West Modesto with a membership of over five hundred (500) members comprised of over fifty percent (50%) community residents and the remainder city/county representatives, faith-based organizations, educators and local businesses.
Brief History of Organization
The Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Community Health Coalition (SMCHC)*West Modesto/ King Kennedy Neighborhood (WMKKNC) is a direct result of the formation of the Stanislaus County Minority Community Health Coalition, which was established April 22, 1991 by a group of 15 concerned individuals in public service, education and the community. The majority of the membership reflected the ethnic make-up of the community. The goal of the organization is to address the health-related issues of the African American, Hispanic and Southeast Asian communities in Stanislaus County.
The Coalition’s involvement and concern led to the Interagency Children’s Service Coordinating Council requesting their leadership for the West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative for the Sierra Health Foundation Community Partnerships for Healthy Children Initiative in March 1995, which focused on West Modesto. This formed the establishment of SMCHC*West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative.
West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative was fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Stanislaus County Health Services Agency during the early development of the WMKKNC. Because of the partnership with Health Services Agency, community leaders were identified from each ethnic group to work side-by-side with the Health Services Agency’s Community Health Worker(s) I/II to educate the community about the goals and objectives of the Community Partnership for Healthy Children Initiative and to outreach to and engage residents in the assessment, strategic planning and implementation process of the Initiative. This was the beginning of community building efforts in West Modesto and utilization of Neighborhood Outreach Workers in June 1995.
Today, the West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative maintains a high profile in the community as a result of the Neighborhood Outreach and Engagement component. The men and women have literally become a team that is responsible for educating, engaging and mobilizing, informing residents around the WMKKNC’s goals and objectives, education, health, safety and political and community issues. The majority of contacts made by the outreach efforts are door-to-door which allows for meaningful dialogue with residents, establishing relationships and enhancing opportunities for future encounters that frequently lead to significant community involvement.
Currently, the West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative has contracted with Stanislaus County Community Services Agency to attend and participate in Team Decision Making Meetings (TDM) for children at risk of removal or previously removed from the West Modesto community, provide information about available resources within the community that may benefit the children and families during the TDM meeting and represent the community’s perspectives about the proposed decision. This contract began in May 2002 and continues to date without interruption.
The Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Community Health Coalition*West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative maintains a high profile in the community via the Neighborhood Outreach Worker component which is presently funded by the United Way of Stanislaus County to provide education, advocacy capacity, community engagement, information and referral for funded programs, such as Stanislaus County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Mental Health Services Act, Kaiser Permanente Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative and Healthy Birth Outcomes Project.
With over eighteen years of successful outreach, advocacy and implementation of numerous programs and projects that improve the quality of life for children and families in West Modesto, the SMCHC/WMKKNC completed a three (3) month comprehensive Consultation Led Organizational Self-Assessment in 2007. According to the results of The Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations Assessment, the Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Community Health Coalition*West Modesto/King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative is at some point in Stage Four.