Community Engagement

Cultivate collaborative culture and mobilize community resources, public-private sectors and key stakeholders in a community-based cooperative

TLI has a long history of facilitating community wellness, convening and bringing diverse groups to shared vision and action. We believe that a coordinated, collaborative, asset-based community effort is the key to strengthen community bonds and mobilize the community to build social capital. We engage community leaders from all sectors inviting them to share their stories, ideas, and innovation, moving them from dialogue, to vision, to action.

Proven framework and process centered on a community-driven strategy directed towards sustainable economic development

Appreciative inquiry techniques, participatory action methods, and asset-based community building are included in our approach. We focus on building social capital within the community in order to disrupt and dismantle destructive patterns of hopelessness and helplessness in our efforts to inoculate communities against the sequela of despair, such as drug addiction, violence, and unhealthy lifestyle patterns. We believe that community wellness is a way of life that optimizes the potential for health and socioeconomic success for all members of the community.

Leverage the collective power of the cooperative, amplify and accelerate progress made by the individual organizations

TLI Foundation has successfully facilitated community transformation and convened diverse leadership groups within government agencies, universities, hospitals, and healthcare systems to create a shared vision. We have extensive experience and stellar track record working with large, very diverse organizations and collections of organizations across agencies, initiatives and jurisdictions on a federal, state and local level. Our key linkages and spheres of influence include the U.S. Congress, the White House, Executive Branch Agencies, State and Local Government and targeted stakeholder groups.

Our Community Engagement Experience includes:

LA County health Partnerships

Partnership with LA County Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Public Health (DPH) and other organizations within LA County, Collaborative for Community Resistance to the Opioid Challenge

Kellogg Foundation’s Well Community Project

TLI developed a “well community” framework using participatory action methodology and tested it in three funded communities, with each community having a unique focus to reverse the trend of declining health across multiple demographics and income levels across the United States. 

Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at the Uniformed Services University for the Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) Pilot Program

A component of the Military’s Total Force Fitness (TFF) under Operation Live Well (OLW), this is a broad scope of service-led programs and initiatives that support fitness and optimal human performance in populations of interest.

Our objective with this work is to demonstrate improved coordination and access to non-medical and medical/ dental health and wellness resources across the pilot-states, with emphasis on geographically dispersed Service members and their families.

Pain Management, Berkshire Health

TLI supported the Berkshire Health System with strategic planning and expert consulting for the opioid crisis by integrating non-pharmacological approaches to chronic pain management. Our team of experts provided recommendations to inform a comprehensive strategic pain management plan based on our experience in integrating whole-person, whole-system approaches to complex human problems.

We provided recommendations for comprehensive pain management and advised on the prioritization of organizational strategic goals. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Health Equity and Prosperity Project

RWJF, the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) and TLI collaborated to support the Health Equity and Prosperity Project.  This was a national engagement assembling multiple sectors to achieve health equity and prosperity. TLI developed common strategic action pathways that directly correlated to the work of 100 Million Healthier Lives, convening hundreds of diverse participants who reached out to millions of people through social media to bring people together, share and cultivate ideas and information, and encourage progress toward a national culture of Health Equity and Prosperity.

US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative

The Chronic Pain Breakthrough Collaborative was a formal breakthrough collaborative that TLI staff developed and operated, bringing together a diverse group of military and civilian healthcare leaders working to improve team-based comprehensive chronic pain through learning. The guidebook created by TLI for the clinics described how to integrate non-pharmacological approaches into their practices.

Using the knowledge and skills developed through the Collaborative, the eight participating clinics innovated and transformed their practices.