Building community capacity to promote child wellbeing and achieve equity.
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What would it look like if every child, parent, and family had equitable access to critical resources and opportunities needed to lead healthy, thriving lives — and had a seat at the table to drive the solutions?
Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) is a national initiative to improve the capacity of local communities and coalitions to advance equity. The NOW Innovation Forum is a national network of peer communities working to promote child wellbeing and prevent early childhood adversities.
Launched in 2016, Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) aims to build the capacity of local communities and coalitions working to promote child wellbeing and align early childhood systems of care and education by using a trauma-informed lens to advance equity.
The NOW Innovation Forum brings together resources, stories, discussions, and other interactive tools in a central hub, to promote shared learning and networking among communities across the country that are working ensure all children and their families achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Learn more about the history of NOW, our vision and approach, and partners.
View the recording and slides from our virtual tour of the NOW Innovation Forum.
The NOW Innovation Forum is an initiative of the Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center.
Your health and well-being matters to us. The NOW team stands alongside communities during this time as we work together collectively to promote the health, safety and wellness of our community, and maintain social connections. Click here for our latest announcements, updates and resources regarding COVID-19.
April 30 WEBINAR Archive: "Operationalizing Equity through Participatory Data Storytelling"
Save the date for our 2020 Webinar Series, Learning and Transforming Together: Community-Centered Equity Practices. View archive materials from our first session on April 30, Operationalizing Equity through Participatory Data Storytelling, and learn from speakers discuss why equity matters for data storytelling, strategies for data visualization and participatory processes, and provide a virtual walk through of Vital Village’s Community Housing Data Tool and Child Wellbeing Tracker.
BECOME A MEMBER
NOW Innovation Forum members can network with peer communities, share best practices, contribute resources to the repository, and access learning tools, webinars, podcasts, and monthly communications. Check out the Member FAQ Guide for more information about member benefits.
Learn more about NOW's levers of community change — components we believe are critical to ensure the equitable transformation and alignment of community systems to move those most impacted by inequity from margin to center. Read more to find resources and tools designed to build capacity around these fundamental areas.
LEVERS OF COMMUNITY CHANGE
New Podcast Episode 9 Released!
Check out the latest episode of In the Arena with NOW, our new podcast series! In our ninth episode, From Data to Action: Community Stories Lead to Policy Change, Allison Bovell-Ammon and Dr. Megan Sandel of Children’s HealthWatch (CHW) who are experts in children’s health and policy and are working to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships.
COVID-19 Resource Page by Vital Village Network
This page shares COVID-19 related resources in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. The resources accessed by in-person visit can be found in the map. The information comes from local community members and partners who are sharing in a collective effort designed through the Wellness Ideas Bank, as well as the city of Boston. Information may change rapidly. Please contact each location before visiting and be sure to check back for updates.
NOW LEARNING COMMUNITY
NOW is working with 10 community coalitions to the essential knowledge, skills, and tools to scale and sustain equitable transformation of early childhood, education, and health systems in their regions through the NOW Learning Community. Learning Community members can access a separate portal with information and resources to support their work over the next 18 months.