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. It looks like May will 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 at the French Broad Food Coop and the West Village Market! Our first ask for May is to think about how you can promote this with your clients and neighbors.  We also encourage you to spread the word and/or show-up at a some upcoming public input sessions for state agencies. Don't forget to note the details about a June input session on NC Community Health Workers.  You'll learn more about how you can Engage below and on our blog page.

The Racial Equity Institute is back in Asheville with a workshop on May 19th and 20th to provide a foundation and understanding for communities to do the hard work around addressing racism.  It's time for the 26th annual Strive Not to Drive Week there is an opportunity learn about mobility challenges and complete streets efforts in Asheville. Find out more in Learn. 

There are several opportunities to support our partners in CHIP this month including the 8th annual Walk a Mile this weekend to raise awareness about sexual violence and support Our Voice. Our Voice is also hiring as are Helpmate, Children First Communities in Schools and Pisgah Legal. Learn more on our Support page. 

We'd also like your help in finding housing for our CHIP summer intern, Anina Aaron, who will be joining us in June!  We've been fortunate to expand our resources with an extremely qualified full-time paid Epidemiology intern every year for 5 years.  Some of you may know that CHIP Advisory member Emma Olson with NC Center for Health and Wellness held this position with us in 2014.   Emma played a significant role in launching us in the direction of our Results-Based Accountability framework and scorecard.  Send any leads on housing to Deanna.  

As always, reach out to the CHIP HIS team if you have data or technical assistance needs related to our priority work, and don't forget to refer to the scorecard.  We also are always looking for new information and references for our Resource page.  This month we have added a tool kit on Community Engagement from the Collective Impact Forum. 

You'll also find the article on social isolation and substance use we discussed at the April CHIP Advisory and shared on Facebook. And don't forget, if you need to refer back to information provided in the newsletter, our monthly CHIP Blog Update is a more expanded version of the newsletter.