Who We Are

A look into our mission and principles

Our Mission

The Healthy Kid's Collaborative's mission is to connect health champions to create a Dane County where every child from every neighborhood has the opportunity to be healthy.

With over 150 partners, we work at the state, county, city and grassroots level through advocacy, community involvement, continuous learning and evaluation in service to the children and families of Dane County.

Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles are tools we will use as we recognize that how we work is just as (if not more) important as what we accomplish. These will be used alongside the scope and vision provided to us by the Leadership Council, our community and our funders to keep projects focused and moving towards our shared goals including making our county the healthiest for children and families around healthy food and physical activity environments.

  • Serve

    The Healthy Kids Collaborative is in service to children and families of Dane County. We will:

    • Create systems to gather their feedback on our work

    • Develop citizen advocates to raise the voice of our work to a higher level

  • Learn

    We engage in shared and continuous learning and evaluation by:

    • Continually evaluating our programs, projects and process

    • Collecting and sharing data for the work in which we engage

    • Fostering innovation, allowing for mistakes and adapting to improve our work

    • Committing to sharing our lessons with partners and the community

  • Advocate

    We create and advocate for policy, system and environmental changes to the physical activity and nutrition environments by:

    • Providing forums to convene diverse groups to work together

    • Offering our partners professional development, technical assistance and mentorship

    • Seeking and developing new partnerships to continue sustainable and meaningful work

  • Engage

    Our strategies are grounded in and guided by community engagement:

    • Ensuring that diverse stakeholders are involved at all levels of our Collaborative

    • Harnessing collective voice to broaden reach and create sustainability of our work

    • Developing partnerships to facilitate work in high need communities with the aim to reduce disparities in our community


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