Friday, June 16, 2017

June Mid-month Update

Dear Community Partners and Key Stakeholders,
This update is a little bit of a "reboot" for our communication calendar.  After over a year of monthly updates being sent out near the beginning of the month, it appears that a mid-month publication will be more effective in following up on action items from the Advisory Council meeting as well as preparing for the upcoming meeting.  Let us know if you think this is helpful.

The big news is that the much anticipated Double Up Food Bucks program has made it through all the USDA process and we're set to go!  Congratulations to the hard-working partners at the Bountiful Cities, retail partners the French Broad Food Coop (FBFC) and West Village Market and the planning team members! FBFC plans to launch next Thursday, June 22nd.  This Update's "ask" is to help identify individuals needing volunteer hours for SNAP eligibility to serve as Double Up Liaisons. You'll find Information on how you can help us recruit liaisons as well as a flyer that you can hand to potential volunteers on the Engage blog page Also, don't forget the opportunity to provide input into NC's Community Health Worker Initiative core competencies and certification on June 19th

Finally, many of you are aware that a team in Buncombe County is working to start conversations throughout our community about our current opioid crisis. The team is working on educational materials and have begun to identify individuals and organizations that are interested in receiving training in how to use these materials. If you would like to learn more or be trained to give this presentation, please contact Chiloh Campbell. Given these presentation materials are also customizable, please let Chiloh know what audiences you think you may wish to reach so that we can offer trainings based on different audiences.

We are excited to share information on a new Lunch and Learn series on African American History in Buncombe County. Upcoming topics include redlining and gentrification, education, wage disparity and health care.  See Learn for details.  You'll also find details on the The next quarterly Getting to Results Training in July and a September NC Eat Smart Move More event to learn more about how walkability impacts community health and what can be down to improve conditions to make streets more inviting, accessible and safe featuring Mark Fenton, internationally recognized expert on walkability.

Our CHIP partners can use your support this month getting the word out about multiple opportunities in our community. The YWCA of Asheville will be offering a one-day, 6-hour Saturday Spanish-language prenatal class taught by a native Spanish speaker.   They want to hear about interest before scheduling the date.  Please spread the word and have interested women contact the YWCA. Details and a flyer can be found at Support.  Our VOICE is still accepting applications for their Backpacking Brothers program for middle school boys through June 20th. Learn more on our Support page.

Several articles on opioid use that were previously posted on our FB feed were discussed at the June Advisory Council meeting.  You can now find these on our Resources You Can Use page.  

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 early in the second week of the month. Please send Facebook or blog items any time and don't forget to like, share and comment. 

In appreciation of all you do!

Deanna, Lourdes & Terri

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