First 5 Sonoma County Commissioners and staff participate in other collaborative efforts to increase the integration of systems and to effect policy change to fill gaps and better serve the needs of children 0-5 and their families.

Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA)

The Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA) is an Advisory Committee of the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) Board of Directors and a local chapter of Health Action.

CHIPA seeks to provide leadership in identifying community health priorities and taking action to engage in policy, system and environmental change to improve local health. This is accomplished through collaboration and partnerships with key community, health care and business leaders, local capacity building, and alignment with Health Action goals.

CHIPA utilizes the Collective Impact approach to achieve lasting improvements in the health of our community. We are guided by the five tenets of Collective Impact. 

Watch a video about CHIPA

Cradle to Career

Cradle to Career Sonoma County is a partnership comprised of leaders in education, non-profit, government, business and the community at large.  Cradle to Career promotes and expands educational opportunities from birth to career with the goal of preparing all youth for success.

Dental Health Network

The Dental Health Network strives to strengthen Sonoma County's dental health system.  The Network brings together advocates and providers to learn about and address oral health issues.

Health Action

Health Action is the framework for a community engagement effort to get people involved in creating a healthier Sonoma County. It starts at home with a personal commitment. It continues at work and school with wellness-focus policies and opportunities that encourage healthy living. It culminates in the community with a shared vision for overall good health.

View the Health Action Live Story

Home Visiting Advisory Collaborative

Health Action is the framework for a community engagement effort to get people involved in creating a healthier Sonoma County. It starts at home with a personal commitment. It continues at work and school with wellness-focus policies and opportunities that encourage healthy living. It culminates in the community with a shared vision for overall good health.

View the Health Action Live Story


The primary focus of the Hubs is to provide coordination and specialized support to consortia within a region or with similar technical assistance needs to create economies of scale while building a local early learning system. As a regional body, the Hubs are required to:

  • Help consortia identify local and regional strengths and assets, and determine local and regional gaps and needs
  • Coordinate regional activities to implement the CA-QRIS elements and systems functions
  • Reduce regional duplication of efforts
  • Build local and regional expertise, and incorporate state and federal evidence based practices models
  • Maintain a strong connection to the CA-QRIS

The Hubs emphasize local flexibility and consortia partnership to foster innovation and build local and regional capacity. Like First 5 IMPACT, the Hubs are designed intentionally to incorporate recent research; build on effective practices from current and past local, state, and federal initiatives; and leverage existing resources and non-First 5 dollars. 

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) 0-5

The collaborative includes 4 grantees who are funded by the Mental Health Services Act and First 5  to provide a variety of services which aim to reduce risk factors, build protective factors and skills and increase support for families with children birth to 5 yrs.  The 4 grantees including Child Parent Institute, Early Learning Institute, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and Petaluma People Services Center, work together to build a continuum of care that includes screening, intervention and support strategies.  The collaborative also works to identify ways to integrate the work of early childhood mental health providers and build an effective system of early childhood social-emotional health.

Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities Grant

The Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) program brings together 14 sites actively engaged in building the movement for a just, healthy and resilient world. A mix of cities, counties, regions, and states, these communities are all turning the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resilience into practices and policies with the potential to transform every aspect of human life.

MARC communities have long been acting on a commitment to trauma-informed change, establishing strong networks that include educators, physicians, social service providers, researchers, elected officials, first responders, parents and youth.  They have raised awareness with websites, social media, summits, and trainings about how early trauma, such as neglect, abuse and abandonment, can leave long-term tracks in the developing body and brain.  More importantly, they have spread the word about how we can both prevent and heal those wounds.

Now, through MARC, community representatives are participating in a virtual learning collaborative.  They share notes, identify best practices, and develop ways to gauge the impact of their work. MARC communities also receive financial investment and technical assistance to further advance their local ACE-informed agendas through innovative next steps to strengthen their networks.  The goal is for each of these communities to make progress towards system-wide changes—from early childhood education to aging serves, from healthcare to juvenile justice—and to become models for others who wish to do the same.

Russian River Resources and Advocates (RRARA)

The Russian River Area Resources and Advocates (RRARA) is a community coalition formed over 5 years ago to increase collaboration among organizations serving the lower Russian River Area and engage in joint strategies to promote a prosperous, healthy, and connected community.

View a Live Story including RRARA

Sonoma County ACEs Connection

Sonoma County ACEs Connection works to:

  • Inform our community about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their lifelong effects and effective interventions.
  • Promote evidence-based strategies and programs to reduce the impact of ACEs.
  • Build resilience and prevent future ACEs.
  • Change systems to identify and serve persons impacted by trauma more effectively.

Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Upstream Investments

Upstreams Investments is sponsored by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and widely supported throughout the community.  It seeks to eliminate poverty in Sonoma County and ensure equal opportunity for quality education and good health in nurturing home and community environments.

The three primary strategies are:

  • Invest Early: Whenever possible, dedicate funding and other resources to prevention-focused policies and interventions.
  • Invest Wisely: Ensure that upstream policies and interventions have the highest possible likelihood of success by selecting those that are backed by sound evidence.
  • Invest Together: Focus community-wide upstream policies and interventions on preventing six targeted factors and improving 26 indicators of success to achieve the Upstream vision, mission, goals, and measureable impacts.

Worksite Held Employee English Learning (WHEEL) - Santa Rosa

The Worksite Held Employee English Learning program (WHEEL) was created to provide English language classes for employees at their place of employment. The WHEEL program was quickly supplemented with a financial literacy component and assistance in learning how to better communicate with schools. WHEEL has now expanded to include an extended family literacy class to increase the participation of parents in the education of their young children.