Salvador Lopez, President
A Letter From Our President
KConnect has had a busy year. We launched Housing Kent, a Collective Impact organization focused on creating equitable outcomes for children and families of color experiencing housing instability. We re-invigorated our core workgroups and met one-on-one with key stakeholders to better understand how we can support the network in the upcoming year. We also developed and implemented a variety of strategies, which you will learn about.
Using a systemic lens, we are focused on working and collaborating closely with local, state, and national organizations to build capacity around equity, data, and facilitation here in Kent County. By working with population-level conveners, such as the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, we are able to develop system-level approaches to close disparity gaps while receiving input from the community through a trusted partner. For example, our work this year has culminated in the development of a Spanish-language data dashboard that will track the data points that are most applicable to the local Latinx community. It’s also led us to work closely with Day One Doula, an initiative created from the Healthy Birth strategy which originated from the PN3 workgroup, to develop their capacity to launch an independent organization.
There is a consistent absence of representation of the Latinx community in local data because of non-inclusive data collection. The result is that resources and programming are currently distributed with limited knowledge of the realities of the Latinx community in Kent County.
To combat this inequity, KConnect convened cross-sector partners to begin working on developing a Spanish-language Dashboard in our community.
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