Project History

ACCESS (Advancing Company-Community Engagement for Sustainable Societies) Health Worldwide, formerly known as Company-Community Partnerships for Health Worldwide (CCPHW) began in 2004. It was founded on learning from an informal survey of companies and those from the NGO and public sectors working with companies on how to increase business support for services to improve women’s health. Findings indicated that the companies were most likely to support these services through partnerships. However, there were still several obstacles to partnerships including a lack of knowledge and information on how to partner to improve health, a lack of trust among sectors, and a lack of effective partnering skills. The respondents also suggested several activities overcome these obstacles. Through a planning grant awarded by Ford Foundation in Indonesia, ACCESS Health Worldwide determined that there was sufficient interest among companies and NGOs in Indonesia to initiate a project based on these suggestions. Consultations with companies and others during this phase indicated that expanding the focus from women’s health to health more generally and shifting the focus from women’s health services to reaching more women with health resources were the most likely ways to engage the largest number of companies in the project.

In 2007, the Public Health Institute (PHI) launched Company-Community Partnerships for Health in Indonesia (CCPHI), with this broader focus. The Ford Foundation funded the project. While ACCESS Health Worldwide has implemented other activities to facilitate partnerships involving companies elsewhere, CCPHI has been our largest and most extensive effort to facilitate partnerships.

The project is exceeding expectations in its ability to bring companies and NGOs together to overcome obstacles to partnerships. In 2010, companies and NGOs working with CCPHI as members of its Health and Business Roundtable Indonesia (HBRI) asked CCPHI to help them work more closely with each other and with public institutions outside of Roundtable sessions. They also asked CCPHI to help them become a community that can use its collective experience to encourage public policies to improve health. In July 2011, CCPHI became an Indonesian NGO that serves as a resource center for partnership building. CCPHI’s goal is to be sustained by organizations seeking its services, but for the foreseeable future, CCPHI seeks both grant funding and resources from the organizations it serves.