Joan Twiss, MA
Joan M. Twiss, MA, is the founding executive director of the Center for Civic Partnerships, which provides leadership and management support to build healthier communities and more effective nonprofit organizations. She has more than 30 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors at the local, state and national levels with extensive expertise in program planning, community indicators, implementation, technical support, training, policy development and evaluation.
Twiss is responsible for the center's development, strategic direction, management and program evaluation in both community and organizational development. She designed and continues to direct California Healthy Cities and Communities, the first and largest program of its kind in the United States. She researches, publishes, presents and consults on the factors that allow for aging well in communities.
Twiss currently leads the coaching support function for the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health, another PHI program. She has extensive experience leading multiple statewide technical support programs, often as part of comprehensive community health improvement initiatives. She has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and practitioner-oriented publications.
Twiss has a master's in health education, with coursework in urban studies, from the University of Maryland. She also holds a bachelor's in public health from the University of Massachusetts. She is a certified charrette planner.
AARP Listening Session Protocols
The Center for Civic Partnerships will edit and shape two AARP listening session toolkits into a 90 minute Listening Session protocol.
California Healthy Cities and Communities
The California Healthy Cities and Communities (CHCC) program assists local leaders with developing, implementing and evaluating inclusionary, community-driven programs, policies and plans which address the environmental, social and economic determinants of health. Participants have improved their communities in the areas of safety, aging well, healthier eating and greater physical activity options, leadership development, quality of life tracking and many others.
California Healthy Cities and Communities Network
The California Healthy Cities and Communities (CHCC) Network is a membership program created for groups interested in the principles and practices of the Healthy Cities model. It provides a means of affiliation with the CHCC program and the international Healthy Cities and Communities movement, as well as technical assistance, grants and other resources.
Consulting and Technical Support
The Center for Civic Partnership provides a variety of consulting and technical assistance services to help groups develop, implement and sustain community improvements. The Center has worked with over 200 cities communities, and organizations in California and across the nation. Areas of focus include planning, implementation and priority setting; skill building and training; and organizational assessment.
Increase Your Sustainability Odds Training Project
This is a crucial time for sustainability planning as nonprofits face critical program and budget decisions. Sustainability planning includes evaluation, marketing and communications, community engagement, collaborative leadership, and fund development. Over nine months, two in-person training institutes and three webinars will be planned and implemented. All California Wellness Foundation grantees are eligible for the educational offerings.
National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health Coaching Support
The Center for Civic Partnerships leads the coaching support function for this program of PHI's Center for Health Leadership Practice (CHLP). CHLP's National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health offers an innovative approach of bringing together teams of leaders from multiple sectors to actively engage their communities to achieve health equity.
Organizational Learning and Evaluation Conference
This convening is organized for grantees of The California Wellness Foundation to incorporate organizational learning principles, including evaluation, into TCWF grantees' ongoing operations and facilitate the exchange of best practices. The conference enhances the value of individual grants by offering opportunities for knowledge and skills development, peer learning and networking.
Organizational Learning and Evaluation Conference for TCWF Grantees
The Center for Civic Partnerships will develop, implement and evaluate a 1 1/2-day conference on evaluation and organizational learning for participants representing more than 200 grantees from The California Wellness Foundation, to be presented in the Los Angeles area in May 2013.
Sustainability Training and Showcasing Promising Community-Based Practices
Learning materials support a sustainability assessment tool and companion document designed for Network for a Healthy California-funded partners. Online publications showcase collaborations among health departments, local jurisdictions and other partners designed to ensure healthier food environments through community gardens, corner stores and other local innovations that ensure accessible and affordable healthy food choices.