The Maternal Health Network was established utilizing a collective impact framework, based on the understanding that issues facing the maternal health system in San Bernardino County were complex and required the joint contributions of multiple service sectors, stakeholders, advocates and consumers.
The Maternal Health Network
was established based on the recognition that while there are many different entities and provider types (like hospitals, doulas, mental health professionals, healthcare plans, lactation support specialists, and family service providers) that serve families, that they often do it in silos. There is a shared understanding that the issues facing families in San Bernardino County that were engaged in the maternal health system are complex and required the joint contribution of multiple service sectors, stakeholders, advocates, and consumers. In order to fully address the needs of families in San Bernardino County, the Network was established and has chosen to take a collective impact approach to the work.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review published a report of collective impact, which examined the approach as it pertains to large-scale social change. Through their analysis, researchers determined that large-scale change occurs through cross-sector coordination rather than from isolated interventions from individual organizations. Collective impact relies upon five inter-related pillars, which are summarized below.
Collective Impact Pillars
The community works together to identify aspirations and use public knowledge to drive the vision of the partnership.
Partners come together around a vision for improving outcomes.
Evidence-Based Decision Making
Partners organize around outcomes, identifying indicators and collecting local data to determine areas of need and promising practices/activities.
Community stakeholders come together to collectively move an outcome.
Investment and Sustainability
Initiating or redirecting resources (time, talent and treasure) toward practices that have proven to demonstrate results on an ongoing basis.