During this phase, local partners began pursuing their upstream, equity-focused goals while building organizational and partnership capacity for long-term sustainability. Each backbone organization received $200,000 per year on behalf of the partnership to support the work, with a certain percentage going out to other partners to facilitate their participation.

More information about the work pursued in the seven communities can be found on the Local Partnerships page

Originally, the implementation phase was meant to last two years and end in December 2020. However, during the summer of 2020, as partners grappled with COVID-19, economic implications of the pandemic, and the uprising in support of racial justice, the Fund recognized that the local partners needed continued flexible funding to remain stable and increase policy advocacy leadership in their communities. During the additional year, Intersections partners played key roles in advancing health equity and racial justice work and successfully advocated for the equitable distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars in their communities.

More information about the implementation phase can be found in the Intersections final report.