With over 70 combined years of expertise and a deep network of partners in philanthropy, government affairs, policy-making, and grassroots advocacy, CHAP is leading efforts to recenter health in communities.
Our work sits at the intersection of government and community, recognizing that philanthropy is most effective as a connective tissue between the two and as an accelerant to community-based solutions moving towards sustainability.
Coordinating and convening funders’ collaboratives so pooled dollars have greater impact and those seeking funding have streamlined access to resources.
Building capacity for community-based organizations and leaders in birth equity, community health, and maternal mental health, ensuring that the people and institutions closest to the issues have the resources and power to direct them as needed.
Identifying and promoting sustainable financing strategies, enabling programs and workforces to move away from year-to year grants and plan for long-term growth.
Supporting workforce and infrastructure development, including doulas and perinatal community health workers, and platforms to support the workforce.
The Two Loops Model is a model of system change based on living systems. It invites us to consider our roles and strategic activities in a framework where a dominant system decays and is ultimately composted, and an emergent system is seeded, nurtured, and strengthened as it transitions to become the dominant system. This model is non-linear, meaning that many activities can happen concurrently in support of people within the emergent and dominant systems.
Outliers are necessary for system change. Even if they don’t participate in communities of practice, outliers provide an important gravitational pull or counterweight to the status quo—this keeps the emergent system from collapsing back into the dominant system and contributes to the “escape velocity” needed for the new system of influence.
CHAP’s strategic activities are carried out by our staff, advisors, and principals as part of the emergent system of community health. In the Two Loops model, typical activities focused on emergent systems are naming, connecting, nurturing, and illuminating choices. Examples of activities focused on the dominant system are stewarding loss and composting (physical spaces, relationships, learnings, transferable tools, etc.) for reuse.
We see our key roles as making connections between pioneers, nurturing communities of practice, facilitating and directly providing funding to strengthen the emergent system, and illuminating choices for people transitioning from the dominant system to the new system.
We also expect the contours of the emergent system to change over time as new pioneers join, communities of practice develop, and we are influenced by outliers.