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Community Action and AmeriCorps VISTA Insights on How You Can Best Utilize This Resource

Abby Hanks of the Virginia State Office on Volunteerism and Community Services and Lil Dupree of the Partnership speak about AmeriCorps VISTA, its long history with Community Action, and how to get started using this incredible resource.

Creative Approaches to Rural Transportation

Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program shares her extensive experience in designing, developing, and maintaining rural transportation systems. While highlighting successful programs, including Community Action programs, we look at the critical components of comprehensive planning and funding development.

Sustainability & Resource Development: Reviewing the Fundamentals

This webinar includes an introduction and overview of key elements of resource development and sustainability for new staff members and a thoughtful review for seasoned development staff. The National Community Action Partnership staff presenting will cover financing challenges, sustainability planning, grants, social enterprise, fee for service, and fundraising.

Solar Power in Rural Communities

The webinar discusses how Community Action can leverage solar energy to maximize impact in rural communities.

Healing is the Revolution: Why Trauma Work is Equity Work

This webinar features Dr. Dense Shervington who illustrates the effects of structural oppression, societal disfranchisement on communities of color and discusses the importance of trauma-informed care for this population, providing insight on how community-based organizations can work to help create steps and opportunity for healing on the individual, family, and community level.

Re-entry Programs: Three Successful Approaches

In this webinar three Community Action leaders share their successful models for helping returning citizens integrate back into communities. The discussion will highlight integrative models, utilizing community partners and successful approaches as best practices.

Transforming Perspectives The Community Action Poverty Simulation CAPS

Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is an interactive immersion experience designed to sensitize community participants to the realities of poverty, and ultimately transform perspectives. In this webinar, the National Community Action Partnership and Missouri Community Action Network discuss this powerful tool and how you can use it in your own community to make a lasting impact

Continuous Quality Improvement 2.0 Striving for Better Results

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is about understanding processes and regularly using data for program improvement. This webinar will cover the purpose and benefits of CQI and the steps to take to implement CQI in your own agency, as well as highlight an example of how CQI is used by a local CAA.

An Introduction to Creating a Social Enterprise

Learn what a social enterprise is, what types of social enterprises are currently operated by CAAs, where to obtain funding, potential obstacles and how to overcome them. This session is meant for those who are thinking about the possibility of creating a social enterprise, but haven’t established one yet.

Accelerating Postsecondary Success for Parents: Identifying and Addressing Mental Health Needs

With 22 percent of the undergraduate student population comprised of parents, policymakers and institutions must explore the unique needs of this population and address the challenges that may prevent parents from attaining their degree. This includes determining what systems, services, and approaches best support their mental health needs. This brief examines opportunities for policymakers and academic institutions to adapt existing mental health services in order to meet the unique needs of students who are parents and help them complete their degree. (April 2019)

Aligning Affordable Housing Efforts with Actions to End Homelessness

In many communities, conversations on housing affordability and those about homelessness are happening in different places among different groups of people. The following strategies and resources will support communities in aligning those conversations and will improve progress on preventing and ending homelessness.

Well After Service: Veteran Reintegration and American Communities

Most veterans successfully transition out of uniform and into civilian life. However, some recent veterans face service-related challenges, and there is no government agency, program or mechanism that properly and holistically addresses their wellness. Instead, communities across America, many of which are unfamiliar with the military and service-related needs, are left to support those recent veterans that need assistance reintegrating into civilian life.

Why Should Nurses Know About Social Determinants of Health?

Nurses have the ability to address social determinants of health in patients and refer those with health barriers to resources. Doing so can have a long-term impact on patient health.

Dotte Agency: A Participatory Design Model for Community Health

As community activists resist racial injustice, food insecurity, and infrastructural delinquency, many groups are attempting to articulate the voice of the citizen. It is within this landscape that architects have historically struggled to find common ground to afford democratic access for citizens to engage in discussions about the future of their city. Based upon surrogate models of other professions, there has emerged a proactive movement towards Social Impact Design. Like many urban core areas, our community faces a health epidemic compounded by poverty. In response to requests for collaboration, and through cross-disciplinary academic partnerships in both public health and social welfare, we have begun to leverage design advocacy to improve health outcomes. This has evolved into an alternative model of practice that advances public design through interdisciplinary, adaptive and incremental spatial agency. It is a sustainable practice that fosters conversations and supports events originating from within the community. Our approach seeks to scaffold an infrastructure of public health through methods of participatory design and advocacy. Through new forms of design intelligence and collaborative design tools, our critical spatial practice demonstrates new ways for how architectural design can be relevant to society.

Human-Centered Design: Bringing humanity into the built environment

With my experience entrenched in the built environment, I came to Greater Good Studio (GGS) curious to learn more about human-centered design (HCD). During my time here, I have really been pushed to reconsider what it means to place the user’s experience at the center of a design process, particularly in the context of built environment design and community development.

 

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