Broome County, New York is known statewide for its strong collaboration across organizations and sectors. In particular, schools and community agencies have been working together for many years to address the needs of low-income children, families, older adults and communities. When Binghamton University created the College of Community and Public Affairs in 2006, it became an important partner in securing funding for this work. Initial grants were small (e.g., $5K) and from the local community, but after collecting and analyzing data showing the impact of their efforts, the collaborative received a large multi-year federal grant. When that grant ended, the partners scanned the state policy environment and secured state dollars to sustain and add to the foundation they had built.
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, "Building Community Schools in Upstate New York: Connecting with the Policy Environment" (2017). Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Paper 4.