Learn

The following learning opportunities can be found below:s
  • Two-day Basic Community Resiliency Model Training, June 2-3
  • Racial Equity Institute
  • Walk the Talk - Learning about Complete Streets in Asheville
  • Online Learning Opportunities on the Impact of Race on Health and Wellbeing.
  • Interesting articles related to our CHIP priorities:
    • The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think. Huffington Post
Community Learning Opportunities


Strive Not to Drive's "Walk the Talk" on Coxe Avenue
Join elected officials, transportation planners, and community leaders as we walk and discuss one of Asheville's most quickly developing roadways. The walk will be led by Janet Barlow, President of Accessible Design for the Blind and a nationally recognized authority on how to design roadways to meet the needs of those with mobility issues.  

Meet at the ART Transit Station at 4:30pm. The walk works its way south on Coxe ending with an opportunity to experience what planned Coxe may look and feel like once complete streets treatments are put in place in the next few years.  The event will end at 5:30 pm.


For more information on this year's Strive activities and how you can participate as well as the specifics on Walk the Talk visit http://StriveNotToDrive.org or follow Strive on FaceBook

Join Asheville Residents in Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Racism and Working to Eliminate Racism in Our Systems and Institutions

The Racial Equity Phase I Workshop moves beyond individual bias and bigotry by presenting a cultural, historical, and structural analysis of racism. This workshop helps participants become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in the US and how ideas about racism live in our unconscious minds and social structures even 50 years after the successes of the Civil Rights movement.
When - May 19-20 8:00-5:15 each day.Where 
Asheville City Schools' Central Office
Registration is $200 and scholarships are available.  Click for more details and to register
Getting to Results: Identifying and using performance measures for improvement (using Results-based accountability)       
  • Thursday, July 20th, 10am – 3pm 
  • Location To Be Determined.  We will post when that information is 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.
Maps and driving directions will be mailed to registrants prior to the training.   

Note: WNC Healthy Impact will offer this training quarterly in various locations around the region. The next training date will be Thursday October 19th, 2017, locations TBD; please let us know if you are interested in hosting one of these trainings in your community.

Contact Erin Braasch, Project Manager & Improvement Specialist for WNC Health Network, with any questions, at erin.braasch@wnchn.org or (828) 418-5037.

Community Screening of Embrace
Join the YWCA for a screening of the film Embrace at 10am on Saturday April 29th at Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Merrimon Avenue.
From the Director, Taryn Brumfitt...
EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views.
The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after I posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born. 
The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)
Basic CRM Two-day Training, June 2 - 3
CRM is a groundbreaking wellness initiative that provides a non-judgmental biological perspective on normal human reactions to stress and trauma. The Trauma Resource Institute in California created CRM, and Western North Carolina Resiliency Collaborative has been developed to expand the public health model of resiliency skills in our state. 
These resiliency skills help people understand their nervous system and learn to track sensations connected to their own wellbeing. Using the wisdom of their own bodies, people experience rapid relief from symptoms accompanied by increased sense of control over future wellness. People are encouraged to pass the skills along to family, friends, and their wider social network.
This model is easily learned and accessible regardless of age, culture or educational level. These resiliency skills are useful for self-care and can be taught as a peer-to-peer intervention in a variety of contexts. All helpers responding to stress and trauma can use these skills in hospitals, classrooms, community centers, faith communities, and neighborhoods. CRM is a tremendous resource for individuals coping with chronic stressors such as physical pain and recovery from addiction.
  • Friday, June 2, 2017—8:30AM-5PM and Saturday, June 3, 2017 8:30AM-4:30PM
  • Asheville location still to be determined
  • Registration: $260.  Fee includes training and materials, snacks, and one meal. Payment must accompany registration and indicates agreement to attend the entire training.
  • CEUs are available on site through our sponsor, for an additional $25. Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 1.4 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.
Click here to download a flyer for the training

Online Webinars and Educational Programs

The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets
This is a recording available from the Feburary 14th Webinar viewing hosted at MAHEC.

The webinar will explore:
What's the connection between public health and Complete Streets? And how can professionals in public health and transportation work together to create streets that are safe and convenient for a variety of active transportation choices?


Co-hosts include Voices for Healthy Kids and the American Public Health Association.

The webinar is scheduled from 1-2 followed by a 30 minute discussion period to discuss implications for our community.

If Interested, we will attempt to host viewings for the additional webinars scheduled for this series:
  • Creating Value: Assessing the Return on Investment in Complete Streets
  • Making the Most of Main Street: Walking & Walkable Communities
  • Design Guidelines & Flexibility: The Latest and Greatest
  • Integrating Equity into Complete Streets Campaigns & Implementation
  • Urban Design & Complete Streets: Leveraging Human-Centered Design Principles to Maximize Public & Private Value
  • The Intersection of Vision Zero & Complete Streets
  • Debunking Transportation for Advocates: How to Effectively Engage with Transportation Planning During Implementation

The Impact of Race on Health and Well-being

Previously Recorded - 2 part series 

Stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated.

We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation.


Health Equity Training Series

Previously Recorded

The Community Health Training Institute presented a three-part series on health equity. The topics include an introduction to equity in community building, engaging and empowering priority communities, and power dynamics. This series is for individuals or teams working towards community health that may be new to health equity work or seeking a refresher. Learn More
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