The CHD Way

Vikki Rodriguez, CPA, Maze and Associates
Vikki Rodriguez, CHD Board President


Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” To me, this quote best epidomizes the “CHD way.”

The Center for Human Development (CHD) is working to create healthier and safer East Bay communities in which everyone, especially those confronted with poverty, are able to thrive. CHD’s approach is to provide a spectrum of programs and services that prevent chronic diseases and violence leading to shorter life expectancy. Not only does CHD address the high risk of illness, conflict, and injury experienced by individuals and families, but the agency also focuses on community level strategies designed to address concerns that effect wellness. Center for Human Development offers a multi-layered approach to help people realize their full potential and transform their communities, including:

  • Enhancing individual decision-making to adopt healthier lifestyles
  • Building skills to resolve disputes together and encourage inclusion
  • Reducing inequities that act as barriers to health and well-being
  • Educating groups and forming coalitions to change community norms
  • Inspiring leadership, including youth, to influence policy and legislation

One of the powerful tools used by the Center for Human Development across its programs and services, to help achieve personal and societal change, is the Tribes Group Process. The approach was developed by CHD in 1973 and is the foundation of all prevention programs for children, teens and adults. Tribes is a highly interactive group process that accelerates learning, problem-solving, decision-making and consensus-building through positive peer cooperation and collaboration.

Lives are changed and communities can be transformed when everyone in a small group feels included, valued, supported and unified around a common goal.

Find out more about Tribes Training for students, teachers and organizations.

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