According to recent estimates, nearly 80% of our overall health is shaped by social and environmental factors—things like food, transportation, and housing. Yet, 7 million people live one crisis away from eviction and 21 million people pay too much on rent. But, what’s at stake is more than “affordable housing.” It’s acknowledging that hard working parents who pay their taxes are increasingly unable to pay their rent or afford a mortgage—and that has damaging impacts on their health and the health of their children. That’s the heart of a frame that we developed in partnership with Children’s HealthWatch, who has been collecting real-time data in frontline healthcare settings since 1998. As part of that work, they’ve performed comprehensive research on the impact of economic hardship on the health and development of infants and toddlers under age four. What they have discovered is that housing—its accessibility, its stability, and its affordability—matters a lot. It matters for the growth and development and health and well-being of young children. And it’s why we worked together with Children’s HealthWatch to develop a message frame that could begin to shift public perceptions and policies about the relationship between housing and health so that a new, more healthful future can emerge for young children and their families. The outcome of our first project—a message framework that made a compelling case for all housing advocates to reference, was so successful in garnering support that Mission Partners is now working on an expanded version of that framework, to serve as a communications toolkit for children’s health advocates across the country.
What Clients Are Saying
“If you’re thinking about a visioneering session with Mission Partners, do it! It really helps provide much-needed clarity you don’t always get when you’re doing the work day-to-day.”
“Thank you so much for your amazing facilitation of our group last week. That was my FAVORITE training/workshop/meeting I went to all year! I can’t wait to work with you some more.”
“With Mission Partners, I feel like I am part of the team, and they’re definitely part of mine. I get to learn from them every day, and they appreciate learning from me in order to do their job well. Really, I feel like I am part of a family.”
“Carrie has a great sense for how to teach people. She doesn’t stop at developing messaging, but she shows people how to use it.”
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“Mission Partners employs a degree of thoughtfulness and intellectual investment that exceeds my typical experience with other consultants.”
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“Mission Partners has been an amazing partner… great listeners and brilliant strategists. They took the time to get to know our programs and our strategic objectives, and they created opportunities for us that perfectly fit with our goals and that we never could have made happen on our own. Carrie and her team are geniuses at leveraging modest investments for maximum returns. They are among the most genuine, friendly, and conscientious professionals we’ve worked with in our twenty-two year existence.”
“It was refreshing to watch how you were able to take all of our ideas, and organize them into a unified vision. When Mission Partners [was recommend to] me, frankly I didn’t know what to expect…. But after seeing you guys in action, we would be lost without you.”
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