Moving Forward: The Model

The HEAL Strategic Framework has created a roadmap and implementation structure for carrying out priorities identified by our community. The implementation structure includes four HEAL Implementation Teams, a Steering Committee, a Backbone Organization, and an ad-hoc Leadership Group.

Implementation Structure

Implementation Teams

  • Work collectively to create a one year action plan
  • Identify community assets, indicators and success measures
  • Create a capacity building proposal for HHS funding
  • Develop a team scope of effort, structure and time commitment
  • Build coalitions and partnerships
  • Identify data, messaging and policy efforts needed
  • Select group members to serve on the steering committee


HEAL Implementation Teams are comprised of community and organizational representatives and will work to prioritize and implement recommendations identified in the HEAL Strategic Framework. The four Implementation Teams will determine their own decision-making process and function. Teams will uphold active communication and a transparent structure.

Steering Committee

  • Support Implementation Teams by linking them with resources, training, leadership development and opportunities
  • Assure that data, messaging and policy is embedded across all HEAL activities
  • Convene an annual review of the HEAL Strategic Framework to evaluate functioning and celebrate successes


The HEAL Steering Committee is comprised of community and organizational leaders selected by the Implementation Teams and helps to align and coordinate efforts across strategic direction areas. The Steering Committee assures that HEAL efforts are coordinated across Implementation Teams, aligned with framework’s guiding principles, and designed and carried out to achieve maximum health impact.


The Department of Health and Human Services will provide backbone support for implementation teams and the Steering Committee. DHHS will also convene a HEAL Leadership Group, comprised of key leaders and policy makers, including local funders, and leadership from county government, local municipalities, and healthcare institutions, on an as needed basis to support the Strategic Framework.

Backbone Support
and Leadership Groups

  • Coordinate training opportunities, access to data, and media and policy support
  • Scout and apply for grants and other resources
  • Support evaluation activities
  • Coordinate annual Strategic Framework review
  • Help disseminate framework to other policymakers
  • Help coordinate and mobilize funding for HEAL activities
  • Advance policy initiatives related to HEAL

Implementation Teams

Active Living Team

The active living team is currently coordinated by LIFT Levantate, and will provide a number of new, free and accessible physical activity opportunities in underserved communities, while building community capacity to sustain these programs. In addition, the team will begin mapping assets related to active living and identifying strategies for promoting these opportunities in underserved communities. For more information, contact Richard Waxman at

Marin Food Policy Council

With the support from the Marin Community Foundation, UC Cooperative Extension and a Steering Committee comprised of AIM, H&HS, and a local farmer/former Marin Food Policy Council Chair have revitalized the Marin Food Policy Council. The Council engages organizations and community members impacted by food security issues to develop a policy agenda to promote healthy and sustainable food system in all communities. The Council is creating policy approaches to increase access to and production of healthy food, such as improving CalFresh participation and supporting community gardens. For more information contact Bonnie Nielsen at

Children and Youth Wellness Collaborative

The Children and Youth Wellness Collaborative is coordinated by a leadership group consisting of First 5 Marin, MarinKids, DHHS NWP, and LIFT-Levántate, and has several strategic initiatives that focus on early childhood, school-aged, and youth settings. The Healthy Kids From Day 1 (HKFD1) initiative and the School and Afterschool initiative aim to reduce rates of overweight children in early childhood and school-based settings. These projects will make changes to policies, practices, and environments though training, capacity building and technical assistance. For information on these initiatives, contact Richard Waxman at The team also works with healthcare providers to examine practices and resources that promote optimal wellbeing for children. For information about the healthcare initiative, contact Amy Reisch at