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Partnerships

A country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing is a vision that’s bigger than any one person, organization, system or community. The only way to get there is by working in concert with others. Our partnerships bring mutual value, provide opportunities for shared discovery and learning, and show what’s possible when we see and do our work in ways that align with and tap into our universal drive for wellbeing.

Who are our partners

They’re big government systems and grassroots community groups and nonprofits. It’s less important to us what sector you’re in than if you’re a changemaker who shares our North Star.

FFI and our partners work together to advance structural change, shift mental models, and solve problems through a wellbeing orientation. Together, we and our partners bring deep knowledge, expertise, and commitment to make that North Star a reality.

The fundamental national transformation we and our partners seek will take time. But there are steps forward that must be taken now as our country wrestles with racism, oppression, COVID, and more. In 2021, we are focused on targeted partnerships to address a specific issue or challenge.  If you have a pressing issue, are curious about how a focus on wellbeing could help, and want your work to be a part of a national movement, we want to talk. Reach out soon as we have a few slots open for the second half of the year.

Interested in partnering with FFI?

Let’s start the conversation.
Contact:
Tanya Tucker, Chief of National Engagement and Partnerships
tanya@fullframeinitiative.org

Partial list of current and past FFI Partners:

Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England)

Boston Medical Center/Boston Opportunity System

Center for Health Care Strategies

Full Frame National Domestic Violence Cohort

Greater Boston Full Frame Network

Healthspark (formerly North Penn Health Foundation)

Learning from What Goes Well (California Hmong Advocates Network, the Community Doula Project, and Peace Pros LA)

Massachusetts Departments of Children and Families, Housing and Community Development, Public Health, and Transitional Assistance

Missouri Children’s Division

Missouri Division of Youth Services

Residents of CA, MA, MO, PA who are proximate to the harms of systems

St. Louis City Family Court (22nd Circuit)

St. Louis County Family Court (21st Circuit)

Wellbeing Collaborative

Partner Stories

Want to know more about what some of our partnerships look like? These stories are examples of what’s possible.

The Family Court of St. Louis County handles thousands of delinquency and child protective cases every year involving some of the most challenged children and families in the region. Unfortunately, complying with the court’s orders can often result in trade-offs that undermine employment opportunities, academic achievement, and other essentials that individuals need to break cycles of poverty, violence, and trauma. For years, the Family Court of St. Louis County— like many others around the country—was addressing the short-term safety needs of children and communities in ways that were disconnected from other systems, services, and, at times, the complex realities of families’ lives. In 2016 leadership in the Family Court of St. Louis County recognized the need for change.

The Court partnered with The Full Frame Initiative and is on a path to becoming the first court in the nation to embed a framework for wellbeing that would reduce the tradeoffs holding families back, while maintaining safety and accountability. These efforts are key contributions to increased family engagement, reduced silos among the Court’s different units, and improved staff enthusiasm across its divisions. FFI and the Family Court of St. Louis County are demonstrating that accountability, equity, and a focus on wellbeing go hand-in-hand.

“By bringing [FFI’s] Five Domains of Wellbeing framework and tools into our family courts, we are increasing alignment with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and, together, we will demonstrate the power of a shared commitment to wellbeing for vulnerable children and families.”

—Ben Burkemper, Court Administrator, Family Court of St. Louis County

How can government agencies better respond to the complex reality of real people’s lives when government agencies themselves are so siloed? This was the challenge that Massachusetts state agency leaders gave themselves when they began considering how to improve their approach to addressing homelessness among sexual and domestic violence survivors—issues that often overlap, but that are addressed by different agencies. Paying attention to people’s wellbeing, not just fixing discrete problems, was the answer. Following the creation of a multi-agency action plan that prioritizes the long-term wellbeing needs of families to make change for the better, the state has redirected its $40 million in annual sexual and domestic funding to incentivize a wellbeing orientation, launched a new assessment and intervention approach based on FFI’s wellbeing framework, and is supporting a learning collaborative of nonprofits across the state committed to a wellbeing orientation in their community work.

Though the work began in a previous administration, the current administration has embraced and expanded the shift to the wellbeing framework and has promoted and integrated these principles across state agencies. The Full Frame Initiative has been a key part of this effort from the beginning, and is working together with state agencies, regional advocates, and communities to help survivors of violence in need of safe and stable housing to live and thrive in their communities.

Partner testimonial

Wellbeing is a game changer

Gladys Carrion, Former NYC Commissioner of Children’s Services, Sr. Fellow, Columbia Justice Lab, Co-Chair of Youth Correctional Leaders for Justice, explains why starting with wellbeing is a game changer for systems.

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FULL FRAME INITIATIVE

The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.

That’s what we do.

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