Welcome to the IAF Northwest!
The IAF Northwest is a regional network of broad-based community alliances in Washington, Oregon, Canada and Australia. Each alliance’s goals are to build individual civic leadership, strengthen its member organizations, and to serve as a vehicle for these members to act in the public arena with sufficient power for the common good.
The IAF Northwest is part of the larger Industrial Areas Foundation which has affiliates in 19 additional states, the United Kingdom and Germany. Started in 1940, the IAF is the oldest and most widely recognized network of its kind. The IAF Northwest consists of eight established local Alliances and four start-up Alliances.
Each of the Alliances is a broad-based organization made up of a diverse group of resourceful, passionate everyday people—united through their religious, education, labor and community organizations.
The Alliances create opportunities for these people to connect and act powerfully and creatively as leaders - to bring about practical solutions to the challenges facing their families and communities. The IAF Northwest is nonideological and strictly nonpartisan, but proudly, publicly, and persistently political.
Clinic Based Organizing
The Clinic Based Organizing Initiative builds on the historical roots of community health centers, in which the clinic collective - providers and patients together - worked to address fundamental injustices in the community by exercising "power with". The initiative’s goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of organizing efforts today in addressing the "social determinants of health" by surfacing and equipping patient leaders in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities to act together on their own behalves to address issues at the root of those injustices.
Physical Education (PE) Campaign
The American Heart Association recommends children receive 150 minutes per week of physical education in elementary school - benefiting health, academics, and student behavior. Some Washington schools, especially in communities highly impacted by health, income, and race-based disparities, have been failing to provide even the low current state standard of 100 minutes of PE per week. This campaign is focusing on getting schools in the state's largest district - Seattle - to meet the state PE standard across the board, starting with those schools most impacted by health disparities.
June, 2015 -- At the May 18 Discernment Assembly, 45 leaders from over half of MACG's institutions took on the big task of distilling 3 months worth of listening (to over 600 people) to just a few issues that affected the widest base of people.
June, 2015 -- The Sound Alliance is welcoming its newest member, the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency! Since 1974, the program's mission is to train physicians of diverse backgrounds to provide evidence-based, community oriented primary care and advocate for social justice to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.
June, 2015 -- The Sick, Safe, and Family Leave campaign has unearthed so many personal stories about how the policy could positively benefit people's lives and our community. Many of these stories have been told as testimonies at the weekly Monday night City Council meeting and we are now sharing them here with you.
5/15/15 -- Spokane Woman -- Chelsea holds the ceramic mug in her hand . . . It reminds her that 12 hours earlier she’d been hugging the porcelain of her toilet. Her head is pounding and she starts to sweat again. There is a line of familiar customers and now Chelsea can’t remember how many pumps of hazelnut syrup she’s already put in the toilet. No, no. Mug.
May 2015 -- The Sound Alliance Action Assembly on May 18 successfully moved the Alliance’s Best Starts for Kids levy agenda forward and rallied leaders around a vision of a growing, stronger alliance. Sound Alliance institutions publically committed to briefing over 4,000 of their members about the Best Starts for Kids levy and to support Alliance growth, especially in Pierce County.