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Becoming a Healing Organization – Part 2

In this webinar, community psychiatrist Dr. Shervington reviews the key elements of trauma-informed systems for organizations. Viewers will gain insight into the implementation domains of a trauma-informed approach, considerations related to COVID-19, and actionable recommendations to maintain self-care and prevent burn-out.

Becoming a Healing Organization – Part 1

CEO & Co-founder of the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies, Dr. Denese Shervington, explores the process of becoming a healing organization. In this workshop, community psychiatrist Dr. Shervington reviews the basics of trauma, its connection to health disparities, and the key elements of trauma-informed systems. Participants gain insights into the implementation domains of a trauma-informed approach, considerations related to COVID-19, and actionable recommendations to maintain self-care and prevent burn-out.

The Intersection of Data Capacity Building and Strategic Planning

Nonprofits know data-driven decision-making is critical to program success but frequently do not have the capacity to design and maintain complex data systems. A lack of technical expertise, evaluation and performance management strategies, and resources for training and growth are common challenges to building internal capacity. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Data Governance Tool Kit is an innovative resource that guides organizations through the development of a comprehensive plan to address all areas of data capacity and position organizations to make more efficient use of their data with an eye toward improving the experiences of families that come through their doors.

Whole Family Approach Design Plan (Updated Version)

This Whole Family Approach Design Plan is meant to help your team think through and detail the essential elements of your whole family approach. It is organized by Components – and each Component section asks you to answer a set of questions. Answering all the questions will produce a “picture” of your effort – and a better sense of the work you have ahead of you. As you complete this design plan, you may find there are things you have not yet thought about, or challenges you don’t yet know how to address.

New eCourse Release Tour: Advancing Family Centered Coaching

We are excited to bring you a new eCourse on Community Action Academy to help advance your agency’s practice with Family-Centered Coaching. Family-Centered Coaching is a holistic approach that moves beyond traditional case management and engages families as they access services, set goals, and strive to achieve their full potential. Based on open-source content developed and revised by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Prosperity Agenda, this eCourse includes videos, reading, scenarios, and quizzes to help learners build coaching skills, engage in the coaching process, work through implicit bias, and assess agency readiness. Access Advancing Family-Centered Coaching on Community Action Academy for free, today! On March 17th we kicked-off the release and provided a tour of the course components that can help you and your organization move forward in this practice.

Practice Transformation Resource Tour

During this webinar, participants learned more about the National Partnership’s Practice Transformation Resources. These resources will help organizations’ apply evidence-based anti-poverty practices to better serve families. The Practice Transformation team supports organizations to transform their agencies and communities through the integration of services, ongoing training and technical assistance, and resource dissemination. We will tour training materials, reports, guides and upcoming opportunities to help you improve outcomes and identify effective, promising, and innovative practice models that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty. Some of the content covered will include COVID-19 publications, guides for developing a Whole Family/2-Gen Approach, and tools for strengthening equity.

Virtual Dialogue: The Phases of Collective Impact

Listen in to this virtual dialogue with NCAP staff Courtney Kohler and Sheri Brady of the Aspen Institute for Community Solutions to learn more about Collective Impact!

Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration 2021

The entire Community Action Network was invited to join a Fireside Chat with Community Action Legacy Leader, Lois Carson on January 28th, 2021. During the webinar, National Partnership Board Chair, Bryan Duncan and Denise Harlow engaged Ms. Carson in a reflective conversation about the history of Community Action’s connection to MLK and invited the Community Action Network to look towards future opportunities to build collective opportunities for everyone.

The National Partnership is also collecting local agencies MLK Commemoration efforts, using the hashtag #CAABelovedCommunity.

An Asset for Community Action’s Families: Resources at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

We know that COVID-19 has had a major impact on the lives of our most vulnerable families. One area of life that will be affected by the pandemic long after its health and economic impacts have begun to recede is families’ personal finances. The pandemic has stressed many families’ finances and credit in profound ways. Late rent payments, potential evictions, accruing utility/water payment balances, credit card debt and other financial challenges have spiraled. What rights do people have? What tools/resources can help Community Action staff as we work with families to provide hope that they can build a solid financial future? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has many resources available to help, and this webinar provides an overview of these resources. Learn how!

Leveraging Crisis as a Springboard for Action and Innovation

During this session, participants heard Garrett County Community Action Committee Inc.’s ARRA story and the ways that it motivated the agency’s shift to service integration and 2Gen/Whole Family Approach initiatives. Additionally, the Garrett County team shared opportunities or areas of pivot that staff are currently considering in the current crisis to inspire other CAAs to be more strategic with their CARES investments.

Taking Action on Financial Well-Being in Times of Stress

During this time of extreme uncertainty and hardship, people’s main financial concerns are likely immediate and stressful. Practitioners, however, can still support action towards financial wellbeing through meaningful connection to the financial future people want. By bringing a mindset of equity to these conversations, you can reduce anxiety and shame about money to help people feel more in control. This means shifting from an emphasis of personal responsibility to integrate how inequitable systems limit what choices are available to people.

Based on recent research with practitioners in April and May 2020, The Prosperity Agenda will share ways for organizations to deepen their financial conversations. For organizations who do not typically talk about money, they’ll offer an accessible way to discuss money that acknowledges strengths and inequities. Presented by: The Prosperity Agenda

Tips for Ensuring Everyone Receives Their Economic Impact Payments

The National Community Action Partnership and the Consumer Financial Protection Board provide information about how to make sure customers in YOUR community access this important resource.

Leveraging Partnerships in COVID-19 Response & Recovery

This brief highlights practices that local CAAs can engage in to establish new partnerships or collaborative relationships and describes some of the learnings from Capstone Community Action as they convened resources to assist families in crisis.

A Trauma-Informed Agency Response to COVID-19

This brief, as the second installment in the National Partnership’s Community Action COVID-19 Resource Series, highlights practices that local CAAs can engage in to support mental health and self-care for staff as they continue to go above and beyond to serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brief also includes relevant resources for additional information and learning.


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