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Creating equitable access to wellbeing is bigger than any one system, field or sector.

When we seek uncommon partners and work together to span the boundaries that might silo us, we get closer to having a fair shot for all.

What’s possible when we create change across different systems? Tamara Bauman describes how Wellbeing Design Principle 5 has been a game-changer in her work with the King County Continuum of Care.

What does this look like in practice?

Led by our partners at the University of Chicago Health Lab, Transform911 is a national project to build a more robust and relevant public safety ecosystem that centers wellbeing for all.

The Blueprint for Change outlines a seven-point plan for transforming the emergency response system into a system that equitably and reliably increases access to wellbeing for all who interact with 911.

Recognizing that change cannot happen without shifts in all the systems and communities that 911 serves, Transform911 exemplifies Wellbeing Design Principle 5. Seeking out uncommon partners and solutions, Transform911 convened a diverse set of experts in healthcare, academia, emergency response and public safety, community advocacy and more to develop the recommendations outlined in the Blueprint for Change. For example, by creating a rare space for 911 professionals, technological systems and impacted communities to discuss challenges and the change needed to address them, Transform911 uncovered solutions such as advancing the workforce of 911 professionals, strengthening data and tech standards, and making 911 independent and equal in order to improve equitable outcomes. Transform911’s Blueprint for Change illustrates how addressing inequity in one system requires addressing inequity in other systems – and how the ripple effects of transformation bring us closer to a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing.

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Guiding Questions to Put Principles into Practice

These guiding questions are meant to help you apply the wellbeing design principles to your work to create lasting and equitable change. The questions are also good starting places for conversations with colleagues about how your work aligns, or could align more, with the principle.

Start by asking, do we:

  • Seek out uncommon partners and solutions?
  • Integrate with and advocate across other systems, and leverage other fields and sectors?
  • Expect and accelerate change coming from people and spaces not usually consulted?
  • Resist centering fields and programs, and instead center people and intersectionality?
  • Leverage different aspects of the human experience, including arts, culture and joy?
  • Identify and advocate when policies of one system (including the one in which we work) create barriers in other systems?