Howard Community Health Foundation is responsible for setting and evaluating our strategic plan, which the Horizon Foundation then carries out
Horizon's Next Strategic Plan
As we develop our next strategic plan, we are seeking the involvement of community members and grantees most impacted by health disparities. Our goal is to understand their experiences, learn about their priorities in the community and their perspective on our future strategies and focus.
Our Strategic Planning Process
During our last strategic planning process, we conducted around 100 interviews with community members to hone in on the issues we should prioritize. This time, we want to co-design what our new strategic plan and programs look like with the community. So, we plan to at least double that number by connecting with grantees, partners, community members and other stakeholders through one-on-one interviews, surveys, focus groups, small group round-tables and a Community Summit that will take place in the spring.
Our Next Steps
Last time, we brought on two community leaders to sit on our Planning and Evaluation Committee along with current Board members to help guide our strategic goals and measure our impact.
This time, we are expanding that committee and ensuring that its makeup is a 50/50 split between HCHF board members and outside community members to help hold us accountable and steer us in a direction that best suits the needs of the community. This Committee will make final recommendations related to the strategic plan to the full Board. We are seeking to share power and not just receive input.
Last time, we were just beginning our journey to better understand and prioritize racial equity in our work.
This time, we intend to go even deeper to determine how we center anti-racism and trust-centered philanthropy in our work. We want to ensure good health for all in Howard County, especially for people of color, who face the most significant disparities in care – not through any fault of their own, but because this country’s systems of health care, education, housing, the economy and more have historically discriminated against them and impacted their overall health.
Doing all of this means we must embark on a more inclusive strategic planning process, share decision making with community members who have traditionally held less privilege and income, and prioritize Howard Countians of color. It means we must go deeper on policy work to upend and change policies and practices that have marginalized people of color.
What We’re Learning
We’ve been hard at work engaging with our community and gathering important information about the lived experiences of and significant barriers faced by residents of color, especially those who live in lower-income households. Hear more about what we’re learning in these presentations from several of our partners who have been with us along the way.