Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Update

Dear Community Partners and Key Stakeholders,
April was a busy month. Many of you participated with the YWCA in it's Stand Against Racism. As of Thursday, April 27th there were 49 different groups in Buncombe County registered for this year's Stand, out of 490 registered events in the entire country. The community also showed up to join Buncombe County HHS and the Family Justice Center for an evening with Mia Birdsong with close to 400 participants. The month brought lots of workgroup momentum and technical support to partners. May may be even busier, with many opportunities to show up, be heard, learn and support our CHIP work.

Double Up Food Bucks should begin a soft launch in 2 weeks. In the meantime, if you would like to post or distribute materials to help promote DUFB at your organization, please contact Nicole Hinebaugh to discuss the type and number of materials that you could use. They are in the process of putting together a printing order.

There are a number of opportunities coming up for public input into state (and local) issues. The NC Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a public input sessions Medicaid and NC Healthy Choice reform and will be in Asheville on May 12th. The NC Department of Transportation will be hosting a community workshops to provide input into the State's Strategic Public Transportation Plan (bus, paratransit and rail service) on May 11th.
 Read about these and more on our Engage blog page.

Racial Equity Institute is back in Asheville with their Phase 1 Workshop on May 19th and 20th.  This 2-day workshop provides a foundation and understanding for communities to come together and work on the complex and complicated issue of racism.  On May 16th, during the annual Strive Not to Drive Week there is an opportunity to participate in a Walk the Talk session along Coxe Avenue led by a transportation planner with expertise in ensuring streets meet the needs of seeing impaired and other mobility challenges.  You'll also get an opportunity to experience what some of Coxe Avenue will look like with planned Complete Street changes.  Some of you will also want to Save the Date or register to participate in a June 19th session to provide input into NC's Community Health Worker Initiative. find them listed on our Learn Blog Page.  

There are several opportunities to support our partners in CHIP this month including the 8th annual Walk a Mile to raise awareness about domestic violence and support Our Voice.  There are also multiple partners with job openings...spread the word! Learn more on our Support page.

New to the Resources You Can Use this month is a Community Engagement Toolkit from Collective Impact and a great one-pager on the difference between advocacy and lobbying from NACCHO (National Association of City and County Health Officers).

Please continue to share your needs for support, resources and information to help us all be successful in our work together! Update items should be emailed to Terri the 3rd week of the month. Items can be added to the blog or Facebook at any time. Also note, just like any public blog, you are free to use the comment space below each post to share additional information or opinions!

In appreciation of all you do!

Deanna, Lourdes & Terri