IPS works in close partnership with the Intersections Initiative, which is led by our sister company, the Global Institute for Public Strategies. Intersections focuses on the High Desert Region of San Bernardino County. This region, while part of San Bernardino County, is known as a suburb of the larger Los Angeles metropolitan area. Its residents are separated by the Interstate Highway 15, which can serve to both connect and separate residents from services.
The goal of the Initiative is to form a collaborative made up of service-focused community organizations, residents, and decision makers work work together to build an equitable high desert that has a positive impact on health.
The Initiative has a three committee structure focused on housing, education, and economic development. Each individual committee focuses on strategies to advance health policies through their unique lenses. Together, they intersect across all three spheres. They do so by collaborating locally as well as in partnership with other Intersections collaboratives that exist across the state.
Developing relationships with local decision makers and helping them understand the connection between local investment in impoverished neighborhoods and the overall economic wellbeing of the High Desert Region has been key. In order to truly be equitable, the collaborative has focused on grassroots organizing to ensure that the community is at the core of these decisions and development processes. These two strategies, working with grass tops and grassroots partners alike, is what has made the collaborative successful.