NRPA 2017 Conference Social Equity Bundle

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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.
  • Build a 21st Century Diverse Workforce and Inclusive Work Environment at Your Agency Today

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017

    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.

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    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.

    Social Equity is one of NRPA’s Three Pillars and this session gets at it from both a workforce development and programming lens while building skills to help practitioners with bias and equipping them with language to begin these tough discussion back home. This session was submitted for 2016 and well received but originally build as 2.25 and deserves that timing as it’s a complex subject matter and if this is a key pillar - NRPA should consider giving it that space. However, we adjusted.

    Competencies:

    • Identify why diversity and a diverse workforce and service offering is imperative; 
    • Develop the emotional fortitude to have difficult discussions around diversity and inclusion; and
    • Implement some initial tools for recognizing and building an inclusive work environment.
  • Inclusive Outreach for Equitable Results: Using a Logic Model for the Get Moving Initiative

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/26/2017

    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.

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    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. 

    As our country grows increasingly diverse, parks and recreation professionals must enhance their toolkits for inclusive outreach and equitable programming. Additionally, public agencies are under increasing pressure to be effective in their work, and to add analytical rigor to their efforts, in the form of results-based accountability. This workshop will provide an example of using one tool for performance measurement (the logic model) to effectively guide inclusive outreach strategies.

    Competencies:

    • Participants will be able to use community-level data to set equity goals;
    • Participants will be able to understand and apply innovative inclusive outreach strategies; and
    • Participants will be able to develop and use a logic model to track performance of outreach strategies.
  • 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.

  • 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.