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Learning Opportunities

African American History in Buncombe County Lunch & Learn Series
This new monthly series hosted by Buncombe County's Community Engagement Team aims to "Honor our History, Learn from our Past, and Engage with our Future". Lunch and Learns will be held at Stephens Lee Community Center at 30 George Washington Carver Avenue, 12-1:30 monthly. 
Upcoming events include:
  • Tuesday, June 27 - Marcel Proctor presents the historical effects of redlining and gentrification on the African American Community.
  • Tuesday, July 25 - Dr. Darin Waters presents the history of African American education in Asheville and WNC.
  • Wednesday, August 23- Commissioner Al Whitesides presents on wage gaps and historical wage disparities in the African American Community.
  • upcoming: Wednesday, September 27 - Dr. Sharon West presents on access and availability of healthcare for African Americans in Buncombe County.

Special Sections on the Public Health Priorities of Injury & Violence Prevention and Opioid Use in the July Issue of the Nation's Health.
The injury and violence prevention section, in the July issue of The Nation’s Health, covers a wide variety of topics and highlights efforts across the country to keep people safe. Learn about Centers for Disease Control data and access tools to use in your community. Or see what’s being done to prevent senior falls, child abuse, traumatic brain injuries and more. The cover article of this issue discusses the CDC's Prevention Driving Health Response to the Opioid Epidemic that focuses on safer prescribing.

Community Resiliency Model Trainings
Resources for Resilience (formerly Western North Carolina Resilience Collaborative) is 
offering two Community Resiliency Model Trainings that will be open to the community this fall in Asheville.
The trainings will be held on September 22 & 23 and November 10 &11.Locations TBD
Please click here to download the flyer, which contains information and registration links for both trainings. 
For questions, email wncresiliency@gmail.com

Registration is open for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Southeastern Summit 2017 
October 19-21st in Asheville

In 2015 the first Southeastern ACEs Summit was held in Asheville, North Carolina. A groundswell of support was started in building trauma-informed communities. 2015 focused heavily on awareness and understanding of the urgency and the need for continued work. In 2017 we're back and continue our collaboration with health, education, law, and behavioral health. The 2017 summit will focus on the next steps and defining what we can do practically to create trauma-informed communities. Our Keynote Presenter, Dr. Vincent Felitti, was the co-investigator of the landmark ACE Study. This summit will focus on goals, practical strategies and public policy. With these tools and ideas participants will be able to carry practical strategies back to their communities. All participants are encouraged to network with fellow participants, develop relationships and explore partnership ideas.

The aim is for attendees to develop practical strategies for their schools, organizations, communities, or agencies on how to assist clients/patients understand the intergenerational effects of trauma on the life span and how to assist the client/patient with stopping the intergenerational transmission of ACEs

The conference is targeted toward those involved in assessment, treatment, education, support, and advocacy for children and families who experience ACEs including: primary care providers, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, early childhood educators, k-12 educators, public health professionals, child & family advocates, law enforcement, juvenile justice experts, court system professionals, community organizers, parents and caregivers

Click here for detailed information about speakers, continuing education and how to register.

Getting to Results: Identifying and using performance measures for improvement
Save the date for: Thursday, October 19th, 10am – 3pm 
Location TBD
Registration information will be provided here once available

Who should attend?  
  • Individuals or organizations that partner with their hospital and/or health department to address community health priorities
  • Health department and hospital representatives involved with community health improvement
Participants will:
  • Identify 3 types of performance measures
  • Practice the 7 steps to identify performance measures and identify performance measures for a real program, initiative, or agency.
  • Identify “headline measures” and discuss their value
  • Plan how to use performance measures to improve performance
  • Communicate how performance measures contribute to population well-being (i.e. how your work contributes to the overall community health improvement work)

This training is free, and lunch will be provided.
Note: WNC Healthy Impact hosts this this training quarterly in various locations around the region. 

Move More Walk Now Training
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:30–3:30
Cary, NC

Join Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina in welcoming Mark Fenton, a recognized authority on community and environmental initiatives, for an interactive workshop on how walkability and the built environment impacts health and what communities can do to increase safety, access and appeal for pedestrians. 

Workshop attendees will:
  • participate in a neighborhood walkability audit
  • learn to identify features that encourage walking, biking and wheeling
  • learn how “pop-ups” can be used to demonstrate changes that will create more walkable communities.
Come ready to go out and walk. Space is limited so register TODAY.

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