Suisun City is a small city of approximately 28,000 residents located in Solano County, CA. It is demographically diverse with large Latino/a, African American, Pacific Islander, and Native American populations. Solano County Public Health (Vibe Solano) promotes health and wellness through funding, programs, and services.
Suisun City & Solano County
Suisun City faces many public health challenges, including some of the highest rates in the State of diabetes, obesity, and smoking. Although community members were interested in organizing and innovating for better health outcomes, they lacked the necessary leadership skills to pursue these aspirations. With support from Solano County Public Health (Vibe Solano), the City worked collaboratively with Michael Baker International and CivicMakers to develop a series of initiatives focused on environmental improvements and behavior change to improve public health, including the Community Leaders Training Program.
CivicMakers and Michael Baker Intl. developed a six-month training program that taught fundamental leadership and organization management skills. The training curriculum included the following topics:
- Brainstorming and consensus building
- Project management and budgeting
- Identifying and applying for funding
- Recruiting and retaining volunteers
- Getting buy-in from decision makers
- Community engagement and outreach