Bridging Health & Community
Improving Health Through Community Agency
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Symposium

Community Agency & Health

May 15-16, Oakland, CA

Join us to understand how fostering community agency is key to the future of health. And fundamental to sustainable and equitable communities. 

Learn from innovators building inclusive partnerships between the health sector and local communities. Understand the challenge. Explore two case studies. And get practical tips through six breakouts. 

See the meeting rationale and agenda


Speakers 

Leading practitioners will explore the opportunities and the challenges in fostering community agency.

J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor, Urban Planner & Political Scientist, MIT (see 'setting the stage' post)

J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor, Urban Planner & Political Scientist, MIT (see 'setting the stage' post)

Risa Wilkerson, Executive Director, Active Living By Design (see interview)

Risa Wilkerson, Executive Director, Active Living By Design (see interview)

David Chavis, CEO, Community Science (see 'setting the stage' post)

David Chavis, CEO, Community Science (see 'setting the stage' post)

S. Leonard Syme, Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health (Emeritus), School of Public Health, UC Berkeley (see post)

S. Leonard Syme, Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health (Emeritus), School of Public Health, UC Berkeley (see post)

Carl Baty, Executive Director, Rounding the Bases (see post)

Carl Baty, Executive Director, Rounding the Bases (see post)

Bridget B Kelly, Chief Delivery Officer, Bridging Health & Community

Bridget B Kelly, Chief Delivery Officer, Bridging Health & Community

Sue Grinnell, Director of Business Strategy and Technology, Public Health Institute (see 'setting the stage' post)

Sue Grinnell, Director of Business Strategy and Technology, Public Health Institute (see 'setting the stage' post)

Pritpal S Tamber, CEO, Bridging Health & Community

Pritpal S Tamber, CEO, Bridging Health & Community

See symposium agenda for more information (opens PDF in new page). 


Major Sponsors

Support for the symposium was provided by the following organizations (see announcement):

The symposium’s focus on the practicalities of this work is immensely important to growing this nascent field of practice - one that is vital to the future of health. - Tony Iton, SVP for Healthy Communities
As much as health systems like ours have to offer, our efforts will fall short if we fail to understand and respond to the perspectives of the people we hope to serve. - Bechara N Choucair, SVP & Chief Community Health Officer
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The symposium aligns well with the type of dialogue and knowledge sharing we feel is essential to building a national movement to improve health. - Alonzo Plough, VP for Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer

Additional Supporters


Pricing

The symposium is open to anyone interested in health, whether in the health sector, other sectors or residents in communities. 

  • $300: Community-Based Organizations, Community Residents & Students
  • $500: Government, Nonprofit & University
  • $1100: Standard

There are also two types of tickets for foundations and funders wishing to underwrite some of the cost of the symposium as part of their participation. Based on feedback, these are priced at $3000 and $10,000 (contact us to find out more). 


Two Case Studies 

We'll hear from two projects that are fostering agency to improve health:

Building Healthy Communities South Kern, a project in partnership with The California Endowment

Building Healthy Communities South Kern, a project in partnership with The California Endowment

Bronx Healthy Buildings Program, part of the BUILD Health Challenge and delivered through the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (see interview)

Bronx Healthy Buildings Program, part of the BUILD Health Challenge and delivered through the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (see interview)

Each case study will be presented from four perspectives: implementation, finance, evaluation, and residents. See symposium agenda for more information (opens PDF in new page). 


Six Breakouts

And we'll have six, practical small-group breakout sessions delivered by our Editorial Partners

See symposium agenda for more information (opens PDF in new page). 


A Unique Collaboration 

To plan and deliver the symposium we established a unique collaboration of organisations spanning health, innovation, evaluation, economic justice and community organizing.

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ISAIAH - Faith in Democracy
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development
MIT’s Community Innovators Lab
Rochester Healthy Community Partnership

Rochester Healthy Community Partnership

 

Logistics 

  • Dates: May 15-16, 2017
  • Venue: Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Tickets: See above and Eventbrite 
  • Rooms: Available at the venue at the government rate of $161 per night for the 14th and 15th (first come, first served)
  • Delegations: We encourage groups of people from the same place to attend as a delegation
  • Hashtag: #agencyandhealth

Contact us to find out more. 

 

Establishing Purposeful Empathy 

At the heart of fostering community agency is the need to establish purposeful empathy for people across sectors and within communities. Achieving this requires proactively removing the barriers between us. See the rationale for more (opens PDF in new page). 

Purposeful Empathy 

The symposium will include people from different sectors who may not typically attend the same gatherings. Significant time will be given to participants to get to know each other and share their perspectives.

Removing Barriers

Jargon and status can inhibit understanding. The symposium will have a plain language policy and all attendees will be addressed without titles. Facilitators will help ensure there is mutual respect for the different perspectives present.

Beyond Just Talk

Both during the symposium and afterwards, we will help participants apply what they've learned into local work. We'll be asking participants how they think Bridging Health & Community can do that. 

Contact us to find out more.