Valuing All Voices to Close the Achievement Gap
Building a Culture of Health means working to identify and address gaps in opportunity that tend to disproportionately and negatively affect certain populations – those most vulnerable among us. Once those gaps are identified, collective problem-solving approaches provide a powerful way to value the voices and perspectives of all community members and engage all, especially those most impacted, in creating and implementing solutions. In Minneapolis, the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is working to create a community-wide transformation toward a college-going culture. Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of NAZ joins us to talk about how they are engaging community members – specifically low income people of color – to permanently close the achievement gap and support a generation of children to graduate from college. Samuels will share how a collective impact model guides their efforts. Minneapolis is a 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner.