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Community Engagement

Community Coalition members and partners shall engage in local neighborhoods with residents most disproportionately impacted by poverty, race, class, violence and fewerresources. The Community Coalition will focus on building capacity, education and resources to ensure the voices are heard and responded to with a comprehensive approach and plan.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Leveraging collaboration and partnership to build a comprehensive public health approach to address community needs.

  • Focus on aligning, blending, coordinating and leveraging public resources to address disproportionately affected populations and neighborhoods.
  • Identify and coordinate activities that promote and address community issures to invest in human capital and needs.

Key Projects:

  1. Coordinate and support community based Walk as One events. Quarterly events will take place in identified neighborhoods and locations. Coalition partners will take the coordination lead for each event.
  2. Community Based Trainings Comprehensive training plan coordinated by CU Trauma and Resiliency Initiative on behalf of Community Coalition.
Trainings Include:
  • Introduction to trauma informed care
  • Building resiliency in youth
  • Best practices to address community violence
  • Healing solutions
  • Peaceful communities summer intensive
  • Exploring implicit bias
  • Addressing school-based violence
  • argeted training for middle school African American males/females
  • Cultural competence
  1. Addressing Race, Race Relations and Social Justice
  • Coordinate and support activities of the Race Relations Subcommittee.
  • Use monthly Community Coalition meetings as a public space to facilitate community conversation on Race.
  1. Support parent/family needs
  • Support initiatives that train/engage parents, caregivers for youth and their families.
  1. Hosting of Community Forums
  • Promotion of neighborhood safety.
  • Community based event to share and receive education and resources.
  1. Bring services directly to affected part of community.
  1. Better promotion of existing programs and opportunities.
  1. Increase involvement of the faith community.
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