Message: Don't do what we do in San Antonio, Evans said. You have a lot of great services here. You all should work together using your existing resources. Link those services together.
There are so many things we can do as a community if we work together, Evans said. Our real secret, if there is one, is our community came together to work on these problems. If it's not working, we change it and do something else, he said. It's not too good to be true, what the Restoration Center is doing, he said, inviting people to visit.
Evans said he looks forward to watching our progress as a community. He is now leaving for the airport.
Rachel Hatch of the Women's Fund asks: Knowing that every community is different, what about the San Antonio model could be applied here. Make your comments here!
Susan Wilson of the Women's Fund: We have a lot of silos and assets in this town. We have a lot of individualized program funding. Recently, we've made many collaborative effort in Redding. Prosperity Initiative one example via Shasta County Public Health; Retire Shasta, a collaborative looking at how we get kids to college and find kids out of high school employed; Strengthening Families, a relatively new collaborative.
Susan Wilson says data is important. Lots of us have data. Public health, mental health, substance abuse treatment groups, schools, public defender's office. We have data. The problem for us is we don't necessarily share that data, she said. And the problem is that data is not necessarily shareable. We need shared measurement tools for that data, Wilson said.