The following learning opportunities can be found below:
  • Making Proud Choices - opportunity to participate in Planned Parenthood Training for community organizations
  • new opportunity for March 29th Getting to Results: Identifying and using performance measures for improvement (using Results-based Accountability) - get your name on the waiting list for another Spring training.
  • WNC Rural Health Symposium, March 10th
  • Organic Grower's School, March 10-12
  • Save the Date: Mia Birdsong, April 25th
  • Online Learning Opportunities on the Impact of Race on Health and Wellbeing, Health Equity and (new) Public Health & Complete Streets recording of webinar hosted at MAHEC on February 14th.

Community Learning Opportunities

3rd Annual WNC Rural Health Symposium: Population Health Improvement. 

  • Friday, March 10th
  • 8:00-4:00 pm
Western North Carolina clinical, community, and academic professionals, are invited to participate this event designed to support connection, discussion, and learning across sectors of professionals in this primarily rural region of WNC.

Attend to learn from many speakers from across the region, including
Heather Gates, MPH, about health and healthcare improvement efforts in WNC that address regional priorities and key risk factors.
Learn from keynote Institute for Healthcare's Soma Stout, MD, about national drivers and initiatives relevant to the regional work of supporting individuals and families in accessing health opportunities where they live, work, and play. And hear from Susan Lane, RN, PhD, how to address burnout and increase resilience to take care of yourself, so you can take care of others. The day will also support time for networking and connecting across different sectors
Download the brochure
For additional information and to register, click here.
The Spring Organic Growers School Conference
The 3rd Spring Organic Grower's School returns to Asheville on March 11-12 at UNC Asheville. Preconference workshops are offered on March 10th at 3 locations in the greater community.
Details on the Spring Conference can be found at http://organicgrowersschool.org

Making Proud Choices!
Planned Parenthood Asheville is excited to offer Making Proud Choices! This is a free, evidence-based training that helps age groups 11-13 and 14-18 make healthy, responsible decisions, set personal goals and develop negotiating skills around pregnancy and STI prevention. Informative games and subject-based videos make the learning process fun and collaborative, and participants can earn a $100 gift card with completion of the program.
Planned Parenthood is exploring interested partners for this program and will offer a training once likely participants have been identified. 
Contact Chloe Bell at chloe.bell@ppsat.org or 919-703-3397 for more information.
Mountain True & Children First/Communities in Schools Training on Policy and Lobbying
CHIP partners MountainTrue and Children First/Communities in Schools are are working for ways to elevate all those working to make Western North Carolina a better place to live, work and play.
For those of you who are interested in participating or in learning how to engage more at this level at the personal level or are capable of doing so wearing your professional hat, they are extending an opportunity to join them on March 20-21 in Raleigh for a WNC Communities and Environment Lobby Day; which will include training on policy advocacy and lobbying, meetings and social events with lawmakers, a press conference and other activities in coordination with the NC Center for Nonprofits lobby day, and opportunities to build stronger connections between our WNC-focused groups. 
Contact Joan Walker at MountainTrue (joan@mountaintrue.org) to learn more about lobby day.
Getting to Results: Identifying and using performance measures for improvement (using Results-based Accountability)

  • Wednesday, March 29th, 10am – 3pm (optional extended time for technical assistance from 3-4:30)
  • MAHEC Education Building, Cherokee Room, 121 Hendersonville Rd
  • Click Here to Register
  • Space is limited to 24 participants. Registration will close at noon on Wednesday, March 22nd or when at capacity.
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.

Save the Date: Mia Birdsong,  at the Diana Wortham Theater, April 25th 
The Buncombe County Family Justice Center and the Buncombe County Department of Health & Human Services is presenting the amazing speaker and advocate, Mia Birdsong, on the evening of April 25th at Diana Wortham Theater.
Tickets are free, transportation options are being discussed and there will be Spanish interpreters on site. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the creator of "The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn't True: Broke but not Broken." Watch the inspiring TED Talk: bit.ly/2kQT5aF
We will post details when available

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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