The Community Building Initiative (CBI) was created to meet the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund’s mission of “continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.” The CBI vision is to build the capacity of neighborhoods to act on their own behalf to address upstream conditions that perpetuate health, social, and economic disparities.
Rather than “treating” a specific problem or issue, CBI works with community members to cultivate an upstream point of view that focuses on the inequities that are at the root of persistent problems. Based on national evidence and learning from CBI communities’ experience, CBI has identified four pillars as key to building community power:
“Greater good” translates to the capacity of communities to improve local conditions by addressing systems and policies that drive institutional racism and perpetuate disparities. CBI values emphasize its community-centered approach:
CBI only supports strategic outcomes and processes that directly flow from its fundamental values. The support provided by the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund is designed to make these values visible in our neighborhoods and communities.