2021 marked a pivotal moment in #BlackHistory when President Biden proclaimed June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth Day of Observance. Last year, Resource Development Associates (RDA) made a commitment to add Juneteenth to our roster of paid holidays. Additionally, RDA committed to making a yearly charitable contribution to an organization nominated by our staff.
One Small Planet
It is impossible to look back over the events of the past year and not viscerally feel the interconnectedness between ourselves, our families, our communities, and the rest of the world. The struggles of other countries, even other states, that once felt like distant concerns confined to the evening news now take on a different meaning. The pandemic and its economic devastation; the urgent cries for racial justice; the ever-increasing threat of wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate-change-driven disasters: these challenges belong to all of us.
Moving from Crisis to Chronic
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still operating in crisis mode. We are exhausted, and the items we put on the shelf are starting to stack up. It’s time to revisit our triage plans, no matter how planful or ad hoc, and re-evaluate our priorities and resources.
Resources for Providers: Utilizing Telehealth to Provide Behavioral Health Services
For behavioral health providers, telehealth has become essential for addressing the significant stress, anxiety, and depression brought on by the pandemic and its ensuing economic downturn.
The Explosion of Telemedicine – Will it Last?
Shelter-in-place and social distancing mandates to limit the spread of COVID-19 have rapidly shifted telehealth from an underutilized health care option to an absolute necessity. The ability to provide and receive care from home limits the spread of the virus and the burden placed on emergency departments and urgent care centers. Health systems, care providers, insurers, and legislators are continuing to work to expand the accessibility, capacity, and affordability of telemedicine.
California’s Juvenile Justice System Realignment: Key Considerations for Implementation
The 2020-2021 California State Budget will realign the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), transitioning responsibility to local jurisdictions for youth sentenced to DJJ facilities. While details of the realignment are still to be determined, this change represents a major shift in California’s juvenile justice system.
Message from our CEO: This is an Opportunity to Connect the Dots
Police departments are not the only problematic aspect of our public safety system that must be reformed; racism and discrimination permeate our entire correctional system.
Two Success Stories: Pivoting to Virtual Data Collection and Stakeholder Engagement
Thoughtful and intentional planning is at the heart of any successful project. So what happens when the way in which we work changes so drastically that we cannot recognize the possible path ahead? Like organizations across the world who are reacting and pivoting in response to COVID-19, RDA recognizes that flexibility and innovation have never been more critical and the importance and necessity of pushing work ahead even when it seems impossible to do so. By working with our partners to adapt and develop strategies to improve systems, collect quality data, and implement sustainable systems change, RDA is helping our clients focus on advancing critical work even in these very challenging times.
Why We May Not Be Our Best Right Now: Effects of Crisis and Isolation on Mental Health
Although we are sharing this experience of a global public health crisis, our individual responses, both strategic and psychological, will vary greatly. It can be easy to forget that, during crisis and isolation, we aren’t all coming from the same place, we aren’t all going to react the same way, and some will handle it betters than others.
The sheer scale of the COVID-19 pandemic is upending our systems and assumptions. This disruption is forcing change, and in some cases, the opportunity to rapidly implement ideas that have been on our minds for many years.
Strategic Collaboration to Support California’s Vulnerable Adults
Creative initiatives and strategic partnerships are emerging at the community, city, state, and federal levels to meet the needs of those who are among those most vulnerable to the virus and the detrimental health impacts stemming from social isolation.
Are the Right People at the Table?
“Systems change” is an intentional process of transformation designed to address historic and complex root causes of social problems. Systems change aims to fundamentally alter the reasons a system behaves in certain ways. For true system transformation to occur, those involved in the system must feel that their experiences and perspectives are listened to, valued, and utilized to promote change.
Impact of COVID-19 on Safety-Net Systems
California’s swift response to the COVID-19 Pandemic has so far “flattened the curve” in terms of the rate of infection. While the healthcare systems may have been spared from an overwhelming number of sick people to care for, the social and economic impacts of the resulting shutdowns and social distancing measures to our public safety-net systems are staggering.
Being a Thought Partner
The commitment to address entrenched systemic problems forces us to look beyond what we have already learned. The complexity of our world requires that we seek out and continuously learn from the volume of research and experiential knowledge that exists.