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FRC Support for Afghan Refugees Webinar


Community Schools Partnership Program Funding Webinar

Revisioning Case Management

This monograph is founded on the research and writing of Katherine Armstrong, who worked in partner- ship with the Contra Costa County Service Integration Program (SIP) to “develop cutting-edge family case management practices for California family resource centers” through funding provided by the S. H. Cowell Foundation (2008). Staff and families of the SIP, guided by the leadership of SIP Manager Paul Buddenha- gen, shared their expertise and stories with Ms. Armstrong to shape the direction of this project.

Vehicles For Change
Family Resource Centers
Vehicles for Change, Volume I:
The California Family Resource Center Learning Circle
In 2000, “Family Resource Centers, Vehicles for Change” was presented to the field as the seminal document describing family resource centers (FRCs) and how they are a unique platform for service delivery and community engagement. Today, it is treasured as a guide to defining the key characteristics and activities of quality FRCs and how they function as a vehicle for change for families and communities.

Family Resource Centers
Vehicles for Change, Volume II
The Evolving Field
The new monograph, “Vehicles for Change, Volume II, The Evolving Field”, emerged in response to widespread interest to tell the continuing story of FRCs and the field of family strengthening. It describes the factors that have contributed to the growth and development of FRCs and how they have responded to the growing body of research and best practice, while remaining anchored in a deep and rich history invested in the well-being of children, families, and communities.

The monograph refreshes the definition of the field based on the unique methods of FRC service delivery and community change efforts driven by relationships, reciprocity, and community development. This perspective serves to unite FRCs across the state as a “field of practice” and illustrates the environment necessary for FRCs to thrive.

Up Valley FRCs & Emergency Response report

Health Happens Here: Health Happens Here is a new way of thinking about what makes a community healthy. It challenges us to look beyond doctor visits and diets to the root causes of good or poor health. It also reminds us that everyone has a role in making health happen in their own community.

Imagine what a truly healthy community looks like. It’s a place where everyone has a chance to thrive. It offers equal access to healthy food, green spaces, quality healthcare, education, and employment. It’s a safe and nurturing place for families. What other qualities do you think make a healthy community?

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) know that strong families are the foundation of healthy communities. A truly healthy community invests in many forms of prevention and uses its resources to create conditions that make it easier to stay healthy. If your community lacks some of the basic ingredients for health, it’s time to do something about it!


Help grow the demand for policies that strengthen families and communities. Connect with your elected officials and share your ideas for making health happen in their district. Sign up for their e-newsletter, attend their community events, and schedule meetings with them at their office.

Find your U.S. House Representative

Find your U.S. Senators

Find your California Senate and Assembly representatives

Find your Board of Supervisors on your County’s website

Find your City Council via your City’s website

Post pictures and ideas about how to make health happen in your community on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media using #StrongFamilies or #HealthHappensHere. Incorporate the Health Happens Here pin drop symbol into your next event or activity to mark the people, places, activities, and ideas that are moving your community in the right direction.

Share some key concepts about the true meaning of health with your community:

Strong families are the foundation of healthy communities.

Health doesn’t just happen in a doctor’s office. Health happens where we live, work, learn, and play.

Your zip code shouldn’t determine your life expectancy, but it does. How long you live may depend on where you live.

We all play a role in making health happen. What would make your community stronger, safer, and healthier?

Mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, financial, and environmental are all different types of health. Can you think of other types of health?

Join the movement for strong families and healthy communities by following CFRA on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Sign up for our e-newsletter to keep up with news, events, and advocacy opportunities.

Visit the Health Happens Here community at for more ideas to transform health where you live, work, learn, and play.