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  • Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy Equity

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Public-private park partnerships are critical to achieving health equity in your community. Hear from health equity experts and community coalitions who have successfully worked across sectors to achieve health equity. Learn how these programs and policies can be applied to the work you are doing at your local park and recreation agency.

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    Public-private park partnerships are critical to achieving health equity in your community. Hear from health equity experts and community coalitions who have successfully worked across sectors to achieve health equity. Learn how these programs and policies can be applied to the work you are doing at your local park and recreation agency.

    Session outcomes:

    • Apply a health equity lens to policy and program planning.
    • Discuss how public-private park partnerships are formed and can be used to achieve community health equity goals.
    • Analyze public-private park partnerships for ways in which they could be strengthened and improved.

    Kellie May

    Director of Health and Wellness, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kellie May is Director of Health and Wellness at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and has a demonstrated background in helping local park and recreation agencies implement strategies to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity. Ms. May has been with NRPA for over six years and oversees the strategic direction of all health and wellness programs at NRPA. Ms. May has more than nine years of experience managing health and physical activity programs and has a Master’s degree from George Washington University.

    Nicholas Mukhtar, MD, MPH

    Founder & CEO, Healty Detroit

    Nicholas Mukhtar is an internationally recognized public health professional, researcher, and advocate with a wealth of expertise in health care policy, reform, and implementation particularly within Medicaid-prevalent populations. He is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Detroit, a non-profit public health agency dedicated to building a culture of preventive health across Southeastern Michigan. The organization, which initially formed as an initiative of the US Surgeon General’s Office, was created to lead local implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. The organization has since become a national model for its success in building healthy communities by passively addressing the social determinants of health through cross-sector collaboration and public-private partnerships. Its internationally recognized HealthPark initiative – a cross-sector public-private partnership with the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department has been featured in the US Surgeon General’s Report to the President and Congress, as well as numerous reports by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Foundation, Project for Public Spaces, the Washington Post, and many others. Recently, the American Public Health Association (APHA) named Healthy Detroit the 2017 Michigan Public Health Organization of the Year. 

    Nicholas also serves as President and CEO of Healthy Communities LLC, a healthcare consulting firm that works with States, the Federal Government, insurance providers, hospitals and health systems, and local municipalities across the country on designing and implementing programs for their Medicaid populations. He believes in utilizing the built environment, particularly parks and public spaces to passively address the social determinants of health. Nicholas has served in Senior Advisor roles with the Office of the Speaker of the House, and most currently with the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services. He believes that public health can be leveraged to break the cycle of poverty across our country by providing Medicaid recipients with greater access to socioeconomic services and resources. 

    A lifelong Detroiter, Nicholas attended the University of Dayton on a Presidential Scholarship and was later named a Bloomberg Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institute where he completed their MD/MPH program. Nicholas’ expertise is centered around Medicaid policy reform, public-private partnerships, cross-sector collaborations, and the use of the built environment to passively address the social determinants of health with the goal of achieving health equity for all Americans. He has been published in numerous distinguished journals and publications, and is an internationally recognized speaker on many important public health topics. In 2015, Nicholas was one of 15 individuals selected from around the world by the Rockefeller Foundation and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to develop a Global Public Health Imperative in Bellagio, Italy. 

    Nicholas has been appointed to a number of federal, state, and local posts, and proudly serves on the boards of many local and national organizations. He was appointed by the Mayor of Detroit to Chair the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, and was also recently appointed to the State of Michigan’s Parks and Recreation Association Board through a Health and Wellness Presidential Appointment. Nicholas has also been appointed to the Detroit Wayne County Population Health Council, the Michigan Community Health Workers Steering Committee, the Men’s Health Foundation Board of Directors, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and several other community-based organization Boards and Advisory Councils.

     

    Annie LaRock

    Executive Director, New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation

    Annie LaRock moved to New Orleans from New York City in November 2005, volunteered for the American Red Cross and consulted for non-profit organizations in post-Katrina strategic planning and fundraising. In 2006, Ms. LaRock joined the local United Way to raise funds from across the nation for rebuilding and social services and was promoted to Vice President for Community Engagement. She became the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Foundation’s first Executive Director in November 2011 and is leading successful efforts to facilitate investment in the Orleans Parish recreation system.

     For over 25 years in New York City, Ms. LaRock was the chief fundraiser for organizations such as the International Center of Photography and Martha Graham Dance Company. She also consulted for the NAACP Legal Education and Defense Fund, Hazelden and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution and was a member of The Foundation Center’s Fundraising Consultants Network. 

    Patti Solano

    Community Services Superintendent, City of Riverside, CA

    Patti Solano currently serves as the Community Services Superintendent for the City of Riverside, California.  With nearly 15 years of service in Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, Ms. Solano is committed to creating health equity for all ages and cultures.  She championed two major health initiatives supporting physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of families in Riverside, adopted the "Healthier Food and Beverage Guidelines" policies through City Council, developed free healthy behavior and exercise programs through partnerships, administered the free Summer Food program, and oversaw the installation of new outdoor fitness stations at two City parks.  She is a talented and dedicated individual making strides to improve health and wellness in Riverside.

  • VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Once community leaders identify the need for a new recreation center, how do they get voter support? This session reveals it’s not such a mystery, and there are indeed proven strategies behind successful public outreach programs. Through a series of recent case studies, this session outlines the key steps community leaders must take to gain support for a bond issue on a ballot measure in order to fund a new community recreation center.

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    Once community leaders identify the need for a new recreation center, how do they get voter support? This session reveals it’s not such a mystery, and there are indeed proven strategies behind successful public outreach programs. Through a series of recent case studies, this session outlines the key steps community leaders must take to gain support for a bond issue on a ballot measure in order to fund a new community recreation center.

    One of the biggest obstacles for most community leaders, including those in parks and recreation departments, is they’ve never gone through the seemingly complex process of planning and designing a building and have no idea where to begin. Through a simple breakdown of this process into a step by step methodology, parks and rec departments can understand what they need to do in order to successfully plan, design and build a new recreation center when their communities have the opportunity.

    Competencies:

    • Identify the steps in a successful process to gain community support for bond ballot measures;
    • Facilitate a feasibility study to understand a community's need and develop a program and building design accordingly; and
    • Use graphics and a successful media relations plan to communicate with voters and garner support.
  • The Ecological Age: Ushering a New Age for Parks in the Face of Climate Change

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Climate change has overwhelmingly been recognized as one of the most urgent threats to our communities and our environment. Parks play a unique role in providing respite, infrastructure, adaptation and mitigation strategies for urban communities. The focus on climate change and adaptation provides a unique opportunity for a new ecological era for parks with a focus on investment in restoration and protection of natural areas.

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    Climate change has overwhelmingly been recognized as one of the most urgent threats to our communities and our environment. Parks play a unique role in providing respite, infrastructure, adaptation and mitigation strategies for urban communities. The focus on climate change and adaptation provides a unique opportunity for a new ecological era for parks with a focus on investment in restoration and protection of natural areas.

    The urgent need to address climate change coupled with parks unique role in addressing the effects of climate change provides a unique opportunity to position parks to emerge as leaders and usher in an ecological era where government, business, and all stakeholders invest in the protection and restoration of parklands as a means of adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate change.

    Competencies: 

    • How to communicate the value of parks and role in climate change adaptation; 
    • Funding strategies to facilitate restoration and natural resource management; and
    • Balancing ecological restoration with infrastructure services and outdoor recreation.
  • Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.

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    Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.

    Water play has an immense appeal to people of all ages. It is therapeutic nature and encourages active interaction and sensory exploration. Water is beautiful to look at, calming to listen to, and wonderful to touch. Many parks and recreation facilities plan to open upcoming water play destination and they are seeking best practices and knowledge to effectively advocate the benefits, address challenges, and thoughtfully plan, design, fund, maintain, and sustain these community assets.

    Competencies:

    • Summarize the need, value, and benefits of water play destinations;
    • Identify key water play considerations to help community professionals in their planning, development and long-term sustainability efforts; and
    • List design strategies to address child development, inclusion, and support multigenerational use.

  • Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to Nature

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    NRPA, in collaboration with National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network, will discuss innovative and replicable strategies parks can employ to create meaningful connections between the outdoors and communities. With a focus on equitable access, participants will have the opportunity to discuss barriers and discover field-tested tools and collaborative strategies that maximize benefits for whole communities.

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    NRPA, in collaboration with National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network, will discuss innovative and replicable strategies parks can employ to create meaningful connections between the outdoors and communities. With a focus on equitable access, participants will have the opportunity to discuss barriers and discover field-tested tools and collaborative strategies that maximize benefits for whole communities.

    Competencies: 

    • Evaluate barriers/disparities in connecting underserved populations to nature opportunities, and identify strategies and highlight success stories that address equity;
    • Explore metrics and tools that help to measure impact and reach of nature programming and spaces within communities; and 
    • Learn how park agencies and partner organizations are connecting young people to the outdoors through collective impact partnerships.
  • The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.

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    The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.

    People generally tend to believe they must be in control or have control over others to be most effective or to obtain desired results. They fail to realize the overwhelming potential of influence and persuasion in directing or redirecting behavior. Because they lack the title or authority, they fail to take initiative to move an organization, change a protocol or assume leadership.

    Competencies

    • Participants will be able to recognize the special traits and qualities in the people they deem to be the most influential in their lives;
    • Participants will be able to apply influening and persuasive strategies to more effectively lead; and
    • Participants will be able to utilize the information in mentoring and developing their staff into effective leaders.
  • NRPA 2017 Conference Advocacy Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "advocacy." Included in this package are the following sessions: How to Handle a Parks & Recreation PR Communications Crisis, VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program, A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?, and Using Health Data to Power Results.

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    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "advocacy." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

    • How to Handle a Parks & Recreation PR Communications Crisis: Parks and recreation departments are often faced with public relations crises. Any crisis can turn into a potential public relations disaster. The universal factor governing all crises is that they all require detailed and continually updated preparation and practice. A crisis is any event that causes people to have to react to a situation. It can be acute or chronic, good or bad. How it is handled in the media can have a tremendous impact, either positive or negative, on their organization. These are significant unexpected or unwanted events or issues that threaten to harm the organization's brand, reputation and/or its employees, customers, clients and other key audiences and stakeholders. Through real-world examples, Steve will demonstrate best practices on how to successfully handle a public relations crisis in your department to preserve your reputation in the community.
    • VOTE! How to Plan a Successful Bond Program: Once community leaders identify the need for a new recreation center, how do they get voter support? This session reveals it’s not such a mystery, and there are indeed proven strategies behind successful public outreach programs. Through a series of recent case studies, this session outlines the key steps community leaders must take to gain support for a bond issue on a ballot measure in order to fund a new community recreation center.
    • A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?It's important that park professionals understand the value of our parks, understand the math behind the analysis, and some of the other ways parks increase economic activity. Parks can increase health and wellness, provide habitat, reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water. Your park is valuable, but how do you measure its significance? With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.
    • Using Health Data to Power Results: The US is facing an epic health crisis with rising healthcare costs and decreased quality of life. Upstream solutions are needed and parks and recreation providers are uniquely positioned to play a key role. Increasingly, we are being asked to justify our budgets while increasing our responsibilities, which now include being a community health provider. Understanding how our profession interfaces with healthcare begins with understanding key demographic and health data. In the mighty age of data, using health data can be a powerful tool to fuel your funding requests, report program results, and demonstrate how your facilities and programs play a vital role in the health of the community. We can learn how to utilize data to build relationships with healthcare providers using collective impact to grow funding opportunities and improve community health. In this session, you will be introduced to how and where to mine data sources to leverage support of your programs.
  • NRPA 2017 Conference Programming Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Programming." Included in this package are the following sessions: Get Your Play On! Speed Sessions from the 2017 conference, Making Creativity a Part of Your DNA, Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the Community, and Designing and Implementing Evidence-Based, Family-Based Programming for Health.

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    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Programming." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

    • Get Your Play On! Speed Sessions from the 2017 conference: This product includes three of the education speed sessions from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference. Included in this bundle are: 
      •  Learning to Create 60,480 New Games in Minutes: How about a game that creates a game? Huh? Yep!  It's pretty common that child's "play" is in fact their "work." Kids are creative; at least, they can be if they set the iPad down for a few. Learn first hand how you have immediate access to 60,480 unique games. Modified from the original New Games Foundation's "Invent-A-Game," the PlayMaker Games Grid is VERY user friendly. Let's put our youth to WORK and get the creative juices flowing. It's time to get kids "back2basicplay."
      • The Universal Language of Play: Play is our first universal language. From our earliest days, play is the practice to develop the basic skills of social interaction. While play is intuitive, that doesn’t mean that making great play environments is easy. Every child is different and what appeals to one doesn’t appeal to another. There are four distinct play styles of play and each is essential for the healthy development of children; they enable them to practice the skills which will make them successful individuals.
      • Joyful Play the Results Driven Way: Many agencies put objectives in “SMART” format (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed) to assure that objectives are measurable and they use logic modeling to focus their objectives on outcomes and impacts” (CAPRA Standards Chapter 6.0, 5th Edition). This session will provide participants the opportunity to reassemble prepopulated logic models to increase their awareness and knowledge of the value of using logic models to produce joyful play in a result driven way.
    • Making Creativity a Part of Your DNA: You’ve been asked to lead an upcoming event that's been taking place for 10 years. You're directed to make sure it is fresh and creative. Where do you begin? This session will leave you inspired with new strategies, approaches and examples that help ensure your work stands out from the pack. The techniques included can help in any situation from event planning, to making a presentation, to inspiring your team. We all have a creative streak – this session will help you uncover or grow yours!
    • Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the Community: Arts are limited in schools and arts institutions are often intimidating, while parks are open and inviting spaces. There is an opportunity for Parks Departments to play an active role in providing well rounded and engaging arts programming. Like traditional sports programs, the arts also foster positive growth for all ages. Arts can be used to build self -confidence, improve self- expression, enhance problem solving, encourage innovation, tackle social inequity and build community bridges. Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community. Robust, well designed arts programs not only unite diverse audiences, they can be a catalyst for addressing social equity.
    • Designing and Implementing Evidence-Based, Family-Based Programming for Health: Come experience the future of supporting health in communities through parks and recreation. We will demonstrate an evidence- and family-based program that has been proven to reduce childhood obesity. We will discuss strategies to advance health in your community by addressing program design, implementation, assessment, sustainability, and how to work with partners. This is an innovative approach that creates programming for parents and preschool children at the same time.
  • NRPA 2017 Conference Social Equity Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Social Equity." Included in this package are the following sessions: Build a 21st Century Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Work Environment at Your Agency Today, Inclusive Outreach for Equitable Results: Using a Logic Model for the Get Moving Initiative, Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy Equity, and Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to Nature.

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    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Social Equity." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

    • Build a 21st Century Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Work Environment at Your Agency Today: Much like work/life balance, most parks and recreation agencies miss the mark with diversity and inclusion. This work session with facilitated discussion and best and leading practice sharing will leave participants energized and ready to begin a journey to building inclusive language and behaviors into their key daily functions. From tough discussion on diversity to program planning, we will tackle specific ways to move diversity and inclusion initiatives to full integration in your agency.
    • Inclusive Outreach for Equitable Results: Using a Logic Model for the Get Moving Initiative: This session is a fusion of equity and results-based accountability, with two key themes: (1) inclusive outreach strategies to effectively reach underserved communities, and (2) using performance measurement tools for equitable results. We will profile Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative, which used equity goals and a logic model as tools to guide and track inclusive outreach strategies for its community fitness-grant program.
    • Public-Private Park Partnerships to Achieve Healthy Equity: Public-private park partnerships are critical to achieving health equity in your community. Hear from health equity experts and community coalitions who have successfully worked across sectors to achieve health equity. Learn how these programs and policies can be applied to the work you are doing at your local park and recreation agency.
    • Innovative Strategies to Connect Communities to Nature: NRPA, in collaboration with National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network, will discuss innovative and replicable strategies parks can employ to create meaningful connections between the outdoors and communities. With a focus on equitable access, participants will have the opportunity to discuss barriers and discover field-tested tools and collaborative strategies that maximize benefits for whole communities.
  • NRPA 2017 Conference Planning Bundle

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 3 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Planning." Included in this package are the following sessions: Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations, City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation Opportunities, and How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your Community

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    This is as bundle of 3 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Planning." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

    • Water Wisdom: Planning, Designing and Maintaining Water Play Destinations: Water is a powerful medium that naturally inspires us to play and interact together, while offering a variety of choices for how users enjoy and engage. Celebrate the many research-based health benefits of water play, and empower communities to effectively champion water play initiatives. Discover design strategies that thoughtfully address child development and key considerations in the planning, design and maintenance phases of your project to create a beloved community destination.
    • City of New Orleans: Strategic Urban Water Management and Recreation Opportunities: This session will catalyze interest in the development of strategic water-management interventions at recreation sites and their comprehensive maintenance. The presentation will review the New Orleans approach to urban-water management and highlight the many opportunities to uplift healthy activities and recreation through the program. We will also explore ways in which different public, private and community entities can participate in the collective operations and maintenance of the projects.
    • How to Portray the Value of Trails in Your Community: This workshop will provide tangible strategies and implementation tools to leverage trails to create real-estate value and promote city building. We will also explore methodologies for design and placemaking that can create experiences and destinations, leverage public and private interests, align the trail to be a social-equity tool, and realize safe and accessible design with low environmental impact.