On September 17th, HDB Steering Committee and Workgroup members along with our new Ambassadors had the opportunity to attend the Resident Leadership Conference. Hosted by Palm Healthcare Foundation and Community Partners and MCed by our very own Ambassador and Steering Committee member, Dupree Jackson, the conference was an example of Collective Impact at its best. By supporting the professional development of residents, Healthier Together is investing in each community and supporting individuals with tools they need to make community impact.
The Resident Leadership Conference was host to 3 national NeighborWorks trainers who hosted workshops throughout the day. Attendees chose from:
- Building Coalitions and Partnerships: Highlighting the Social Assets of Your Community
- Getting and Keeping People Involved in Urban Areas
- Facilitating Group Decision-Making Community
- Celebrating Differences in Our Communities: Building Bridges Across Lines of Race, Age, Gender, and Ethnicity
- Action Planning: How to Plan for Action, How to Act on the Plan
- Making Meetings Work
Each of these workshops aimed to equip people with the tools they need to solve some of the most difficult questions in Collective Impact work. Questions like, “What do I do if no one in the room can agree on anything?” Or, “Why aren’t people coming to meetings?” And even, “What should I do to be sensitive to those who are different than me?”
By hosting an open space for residents and experienced trainers to discuss successes and challenges, we’re helping people address complicated issues themselves. Supporting residents to increase problem solving and community engagement skills means that each Healthier Together community will be more successful.
But this conference wasn’t all about work and developing professional skills – it was also about deepening communities. Bringing together Steering Committee members, Workgroup members, Ambassadors, and all those involved in a community allows us to connect in a new way. Bringing people together for a day of learning – especially when faced with tough topics such as racial equity – fosters deeper and more meaningful relationships.
Deepening a community takes work – and who better to lead the way than you?