Giving Compass' Take:
- In this interview, Amoretta Morris, who oversees the Family-Centered Community Change initiative at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, discusses the role of philanthropy in community health and safety.
- How can donors help reimagine what community health looks like during the pandemic? Why is it useful to adapt in times of compounding crises?
- Read about the impact of community health hubs during COVID-19.
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Amoretta Morris joined The Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2013 as a senior associate responsible for overseeing the Family-Centered Community Change initiative. In 2016, she was named director of the foundation's national community strategies, in which role she leads its efforts to help local partners and community stakeholders strengthen their neighborhoods.
Morris's portfolio includes Evidence2Success, which supports partnerships aimed at engaging elected officials, public agencies, and community members in efforts to improve child well-being; community safety and trauma-response initiatives in several cities, including Atlanta; and nationwide efforts to create and preserve affordable housing.
Before joining the foundation, she served as director of student attendance for the District of Columbia Public Schools, where she oversaw activities ranging from chronic absence interventions and dropout prevention initiatives to services for homeless students. Before that, she was a youth and education policy advisor in the Executive Office of the Mayor and the founding director and lead organizer for the Justice 4 DC Youth! Coalition, an advocacy group that works to mobilize youth and adults in support of juvenile justice reform.
PND spoke with Morris about how philanthropy can help advance community health and safety during a pandemic.
Philanthropy News Digest: How does family-centered community change differ from other types of change strategies, especially with respect to community health and safety?
Amoretta Morris: Unlike other efforts that focus on one specific element, such as education or health, the Family-Centered Community Change initiative took a multipronged approach to improving family well-being in three key areas: family economic stability; parent engagement and leadership; and early child care and education. The initiative was built around the belief that both parents and children will have significantly better outcomes if communities are able to strengthen and combine these services instead of relying on a single intervention.
Read the full article about community health and safety by Kyoko Uchida at Philanthropy News Digest.