HCP Members Reflect on Shared Challenges & Celebrations in 2020 The Healthy Community Partnership recently published a review of its work and collaborative efforts throughout 2020. Although that work looks very different in the midst of the current health crisis, it is inspiring to reflect on how much is accomplished when partners come together to create community solutions and support each other. Watch HCP's 2020 Highlights Video! https://vimeo.com/543195623 Read the full 2020 Year in Review here!
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Centering Sidewalks Partners Respond to Mahoning Matters Community Column about Proposal for American Rescue Plan Resources Members of the Healthy Community Partnership (Partnership) responded to recent column published in Mahoning Matters, which offered a proposal that some of the American Rescue Plan funds to be used to pay off debt on downtown Youngstown's Covelli Center. The column concludes by suggesting that the savings to the city could be used to reinvest back into the community through tools like, revolving funds, neighborhood solutions, or other business initiatives. However, in the lead up to presenting this proposal, there were a couple [...]
HCP-MV Moment of the Month: Three Cheers for Transit Ohio Passes 2022-2023 Transportation Budget with Restored Resources for Public Transit A scene from Schoolhouse Rocks! "I'm Just a Bill."ABC Advocacy journeys do not always, or even often, lead to happily-ever-afters or victorious celebrations. There are countless advocacy stories that end in heartache, heartbreak, and mourning. Much like the story told by "Bill" in the beginning of Schoolhouse Rocks! edutainional favorite, "I'm Just a Bill." Fortunately, the tale of the 2022-2023 Ohio Transportation Budget wrapped up with a heartwarming, celebratory happy ending, at least for now. The [...]
HCP-MV Partner Spotlight: Mahoning & Trumbull County Land Banks A Decade of Demolitions to Grow a Greener Mahoning Valley A lot has changed over the last 10 years. Common sights in 2011 are artifacts by 2021 standards. Technology is always a reliable place to look for what’s new, different, updated, and upgraded—iPods are no more; much of our data and entertainment floats in a cloud or through a stream rather than burned onto DVDs or flashdrives; and everything is “smarter”—including toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and other “things.” Steel Mill along Mahoning River 1962—Photo donated by Joseph E. Cole to [...]
HCP April 2021 Network News Update Click the Link to View What's New! April is Minority Health Month, Poetry Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Lawn and Garden Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Stress Awareness Month. A few April highlights: The Community Foundation has opened the first round for grant cycles of 2021. Applications are due by April 19th at 11:59PM Eastgate Regional Council of Governments is conducting a Broadband Access Survey to improve broadband access in the region Business Survey | Resident Survey WRTA is offering free rides to mass vaccination events ACTION is planning a banquet [...]
HCP-MV Moment of the Month: Building a Healthy Budget Prioritizing Policies that Put People First Jim Wallis speaks at U.S. Capitol vigil on March 29. Photo by JP Keenan / Sojourners In 2017, Sojourners founder, Jim Wallis, wrote a piece titled “Truth that Bears Repeating: A Budget Is a Moral Document” in response to the cruel budget proposals introduced by the then newly minted Trump administration that suggested shifting billions of dollars from critical anti-poverty and social support programs to military/defense initiatives, specifically the bombastic border wall. A dramatic shifting of resources away from those programs [...]
HCP March 2021 Network News Update Click the Link to View the Update! Click HERE for the March 2021 Network News Update. A few highlights: The YWCA of the Mahoning Valley is organizing a 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge starting March 1. WRTA is updating its coordinated service plan for Mahoning & Trumbull Counties and will be holding stakeholder meetings for transit users March 2 and 4. Eastgate Regional Council of Governments is conducting a Broadband Access Survey to improve broadband access in the region Business Survey | Resident Survey **NEW** Searchable Grants Database **NEW** Racial Equity Education [...]
HCP-MV Partner Spotlight: The D5 Group 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. D5 Group Founder DeShawn Scott in the Studio Seven years ago, DeShawn Scott founded the D5 Group, which is [...]
HCP-MV Moment of the Month: Leading by Leaning in & Lifting up The Healthy Community Partnership Is 1 of 14 Collaboratives Accepted into National Leadership Program—National Leadership Academy for Public Health The Healthy Community Partnership was created because we know we can do more when we come together than we can if we stay separated. Challenges to living a long, healthy, fulfilling lives are more complicated, complex, and continuous than any one person or organization can hope to tackle. Carrying forward into the new year the most important takeaway from last year—the strength and power we have when [...]
We Made It! HCP-MV Partners Look Back on 2020 and Look Ahead to 2021 The year started off with clever quips about 2020 being a year for vision, with promises of perfect sight, focus, and precision. Goals were going to be crushed. We’ve since found ourselves ending the year with a smoldering pile of tired, trying phrases like: “during these challenging/difficult/uncertain/unprecedented times;” we’ve had to pivot;” and “stay safe.” And, with souls that have been crushed. Many have lost so much these past twelve months that at once dragged on and flew by. Dear, precious things like the [...]