In partnership with the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Center for Care Innovations (CCI) is launching Amplify Healing Connections, a learning collaborative to strengthen multi-sector partnerships that prevent domestic violence and promote health and well-being for young people and their caregivers. In the context of this program, multi-sector partnerships are partnerships involving organizations across two or more sectors.

What We’ll Provide

Amplify Healing Connections seeks six California-based, multi-sector partnerships (each involving at least one community-based organization and one health care provider serving youth 12-18 years old) to participate in a 22-month learning collaborative aimed at strengthening partnerships that prevent domestic violence. Since positive experiences in childhood and adolescence (PCEs) can help prevent, reduce, and even reverse the impact of early adversity, Amplify seeks to promote health and well-being in communities to provide a strong, nourishing environment for young people and their caregivers. The program provides grants and a range of technical assistance to support partnerships in making change and ensuring responsiveness to community needs. Technical assistance will support partnerships in moving through the following phases during the program:

  • Phase 1 (March-June 2021): Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their organization, partners, and community. Participants will learn about and use tools from both systems practice and human-centered design to uncover their own strengths and opportunities; the needs and experiences of youth and caregivers in their community; and where they can leverage each partner’s strengths to mitigate intergenerational domestic violence in their communities among youth and their caregivers.
  • Phase 2 (July-October 2021): Building on their insights from Phase 1, participants will identify their biggest opportunity areas as a multi-sector partnership to make change within the duration of the program. They’ll define their population of focus, a shared vision and goals, and brainstorm ideas with their partners, youth, and their caregivers. At the close of Phase 2, participants will be asked to “pitch” to the Amplify cohort and CCI program staff what they have learned in Phase 1 and 2, and what changes they want to test in Phase 3 and 4.
  • Phase 3 (November 2021-May 2022): Participants will continue iterating on their Phase 2 ideas and transform them into solutions they can test on a small scale within their community. They will co-design these solutions with youth and caregivers and continuously reflect on how well changes are working and what needs to be adapted in future cycles.
  • Phase 4 (June-December 2022): This phase is focused on creating systems within individual organizations, within the multi-sector partnership, and within the community to sustain the changes after the program ends.
Program Timeline

Amplify Healing Connections runs from March 2021 to December 2022. Key dates include:

  • November 30, 2020: Request for Applications Released
  • December 15, 2020 at 12:00-1:00 pm PT: Informational Webinar. Watch the recording below.
  • January 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm PT: Application Deadline
  • February 19, 2021: Cohort Announced
  • March 11, 2021 at 12:00-2:00 pm: Program Kickoff Webinar
  • April 2021: Virtual Learning Session #1 Part 1 & Part 2 (Dates will be determined based on cohort availability)
  • November 2021: Virtual Learning Session #2 Part 1 & Part 2 (Dates will be determined based on cohort availability)
  • September 2022: In-Person Learning Session #3 (Dates will be determined based on participants’ availability)
  • December 16, 2022: Program Ends

The goal of Amplify is to strengthen multi-sector partnerships that prevent domestic violence and promote health and wellbeing for young people and their caregivers. We invite applications from organizations that meet the following criteria:

(1) 501(c)(3) nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations under the Internal Revenue Service Code (IRC), governmental, tribal, and public entities.

(2) Organizations that are actively participating in and willing to receive grant funds on behalf of an eligible California-based, multi-sector partnership. Eligible partnerships include at least one community-based organization and one health care provider organization that serve youth ages 12-18 years old. Examples could include:

  • Collaboratives
  • Coalitions
  • Task forces
  • Work groups
  • Informal partnerships that:
    • Have a shared understanding of what could be worked on together;
    • Have an existing relationship between organizations; and
    • Engage in regular communication.

Eligible community-based organizations include those that are focused on youth development, parent support, domestic violence services, social-emotional learning/health education, or any related social-service organization. Eligible health care provider organizations include primary care, behavioral health, and reproductive health providers.

Partnerships will be selected with the goal of achieving diversity in terms of type, history of collaboration, geography, youth population, and experience addressing domestic violence and intergenerational trauma. Priority will be given to partnerships that serve a youth population that is at higher risk for domestic violence (e.g., low-income, LGBTQIA+, foster youth, historically-underinvested racial/ethnic groups).

Learn More

Watch the Informational Webinar to hear a detailed description of the program and listen to some questions and answers. The slides from the webinar are available here and Frequently Asked Questions are available here.

For further questions, please sign up for a 15-minute coffee chat here with one of our CCI staff to get your questions answered about the Amplify Healing Connections program. When registering, please include: YOUR FULL NAME, ORGANIZATION, EMAIL (we will be sending you calendar invite with Zoom information), and LEAVE A COMMENT briefly describing what you are hoping to discuss. Please contact Nhi Tran at [email protected] if you have any questions related to scheduling or would like to schedule times outside of the slots listed.

For any other questions, please contact:

Diana Nguyen
Program Manager
[email protected]

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