Work Plan 2012
Community Action Network is a unique
partnership of agencies, organizations and individuals
who work together to promote equity and opportunity and share a common vision for
our community's social, health, educational and economic well‐being. CAN's role as a convener,
connector and informer in the community is to enhance awareness of community
issues and support collaborative action to maximize our community's resources and the impact
of CAN Partners' efforts to improve the well‐being of people in our community.
One of the key strengths of CAN is the variety of agencies and perspectives that it brings
together to focus on the community's issues. These include policymakers, elected officials,
planners, social service providers, community advocates and government relations professionals.
The challenge and opportunity of CAN's work plan is to utilize the resources, perspectives
and knowledge these people bring to the table for the greatest good of the community
as a whole.
Community Action Network 2012 Work Plan:
||What we will do together
||Who will take the lead
||Enhance Awareness of Community Issues:
The 2012 Community Dashboard report
will be used as a spring‐board for community conversations about our community
- Enhance community awareness of issues with the release of the third annual CAN
Community Dashboard which will include a Strategic Framework for Action, outlining
key strategies to help us move the indicators in the right direction.
- The CAN Board will assist in sharing the information in the dashboard within their
own organizations and with their constituencies and the public at large.
- CAN will update the web‐based version of the dashboard that provides drilldown information and links to other resources and issue‐specific dashboards, e.g. Ready‐By 21 Dashboard, and resources.
- The Dashboard Steering Committee will work with stakeholders to identify community plans and key strategies for achieving each of the four community goals outlined in the CAN Community Dashboard. The Dashboard Steering Committee will consider updates/changes to indicators.
||Connect Families and Individuals to Resources:
Continue to convene stakeholders
to identify strategies to implement the Stable Families, Healthy Community 5‐Year
Plan and enhance coordination of community services.
- CAN will work with stakeholders and CAN board members to maximize enrollment
in Medicaid, CHIP, food stamps, Earned Income Tax Credits, FAFSA, Medicare, and
other programs through initiatives such as the Benefit Bank of Texas.
- CAN will work with the Behavioral Health Planning Partnership and the CAN Partners to develop a plan for a Recovery Oriented System of Care.
- Click to view upcoming meeting information for the Austin Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) Initiative.
||Convene and Inform Toward Collaborative Action:
Building on the work done in
2011 to identify a common language for working together, CAN will vet and finalize a
Strategic Framework for Action with key strategic building blocks, continue to convene
dialogues to enhance the level of collaborative attention and action needed to
move indicators in the right direction, and provide updates on collaborative efforts
started in 2011.
- CAN will work with the CAN Committees and Issue Area Groups to refine the Strategic
Framework for Action.
- The CAN Board will convene policy‐makers and other community leaders to share
key Dashboard findings and the Strategic Framework for Action, identify how to better
connect and leverage collaborative efforts to move indicators in the right direction,
and consider ways that our community can adapt the way we do business to
better address the needs of a growing, sprawling, diversifying community with an
increasing low‐income population.
- The CAN Board will receive updates on ongoing collaborative planning efforts including Workforce Solutions' Pathway to Prosperity initiative to enhance work opportunities
for people who are low income (below 200% of the Federal Poverty
Level), the Regional Housing Stakeholder Work Group addressing planning along
the housing continuum, and the City's community health improvement planning
- CAN will convene stakeholders to discuss critical issues, such as the proportionality
of arrest demographics and food sustainability.
||Examine and Enhance Awareness of Inequities and Demographic Trends:
on our work and information gained in 2011, CAN will continue to examine inequities
and enhance awareness of the demographic trends, implications for our community's
future, barriers to equity and opportunity for vulnerable populations, and potential
- The Mappers & Planners Work Group comprised of key stakeholders, Issue Area
Group leaders, demographers and planners from the five‐county area will convene a
series of forums to share information on key demographic trends that will impact
equity and opportunity. Forums will include information on key considerations for
service delivery in a growing, sprawling, diversifying community.
- The CAN Community Council will continue to host televised forums that include
presentations on emerging issues, populations experiencing barriers to equity and
opportunity, and potential collaborative solutions.
- CAN will continue working with Issue Area Groups on research and maps to identify
vulnerable populations and areas of the community needing attention.
||Inform Network of Local Impact and Response to State and Federal Budget Cuts:
CAN Partner legislative/government relations staff will continue to work together to
identify and enhance awareness of the impacts of state and federal budget cuts and
the community's response to these cuts.
- The Intergovernmental Public Policy Committee will bring reports of the Committee's
work to the CAN Board of Directors.
- CAN Board will work with the IPPC to organize a forum for public officials and policy
makers to prepare for the 83rd Legislative Session.
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