Celebrating One Year Working with the D5 Group to Share Our Stories
World renowned author and Ohio-native Maya Angelou warns us that, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” An important part of the work of the Healthy Community Partnership is to remember that that while we pool and pull together data, we don’t forget about our stories—individual and collective—and making sure they are treasured and told.
For one year, DeShawn Scott and his team at the D5 Group have been providing these second-to-none services to support the Healthy Community Partnership. The passion to create and to tell the stories of an emerging healthy community is one that is shared.
Reflecting on these anniversaries, Mr. Scott shared that, “40% of Black-owned businesses were shuttered as a result of the pandemic.” This is a shocking, heartbreaking statistic, and one that we are glad does not apply here. Members of HCP are grateful that Mr. Scott and his team have been helping us to collect and communicate our stories and successes over the past year, and we are excited to keep moving and growing forward together.
In his own words, here is the D5 Group’s founder, DeShawn Scott, offering his reflections, insights, and encouragements as a Healthy Community Partnership Steering Committee member, communications consultant, and valued community partner.