“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
Our InvestUp initiative focuses on foundational and sustainable systems change designed to improve the health and wellness of our community in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Through InvestUp, AHF will direct funds toward health and well-being with an emphasis on behavioral health, as we recognize that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of making choices toward a more successful existence. AHF anticipates using a variety of mechanisms to support positive, long-lasting and sustainable change for our community.
The first InvestUp recipient was 2011 Innovation Initiative awardee, 2-1-1 San Diego’s Community Information Exchange (CIE) program. Starting as a coordinating platform between the social services including St. Vincent de Paul, PATH, Emergency Services and law enforcement and healthcare communities Scripps Mercy Hospital, UCSD Hospital, and San Diego County Health & Human Services, AHF “invested up” to combine the CIE service program with 2-1-1 San Diego service overall as a person-centered system to better support the health and social needs of all 2-1-1 participants—both individuals and the 6000+ service providers. 2-1-1 San Diego receives over 500,000 requests for assistance each year and the addition of the CIE allowed for the connection between all the programs they provide, both internally and externally, with the full range of providers in the community. The CIE program has expanded from the homeless population and seniors aging in the community to all people in needed of a social service in San Diego County.
Through the InvestUp initiative, AHF will provide funding for the types of systemic initiatives designed to truly address the needs, gaps and advocacy necessary to change the system so people are receiving the highest quality of service with the greatest impact for positive change while reducing costs.
For more information about InvestUp, please contact Executive Director Nancy Sasaki.