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catch up/follow up
Everything from the April 10th Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the April 10th meeting! We had a lot of new faces, which are always good to see.

You can catch up or follow up on everything from the meeting on the meeting archives page. A few things we want to call out, based on evaluation feedback:

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give recognition
Nominate a Public Servant for the 2018 Gabe Zimmerman Awards

The Center for the Future of Arizona is recognizing public 
servants who represent a  true spirit of   service and dedication to Arizona communities. The award is named for Gabe Zimmerman, who lost his life while serving as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' Director of Community Outreach and hosting a "Congress on your Corner" outreach event. 

Awards will be given in three categories: Community Builder, Emerging Leader, and Civic Leader. 

Deadline: Friday, April 20, 11:59 PM. 

what's happening

Volunteers Needed

Safe Kids Maricopa County will be recycling car seats at the Tempe Zero Waste Day. Last year, volunteers broke down almost 1,000 car seats to keep them out of landfills! 

This year, Safe Kids needs more volunteers to break down the car seats that are being collected throughout the month across the Valley.

DATE: Saturday, April 28th
TIME: 7am-1pm (not required to stay the entire time)
WHERE: Tempe Fire Training Facility
MORE INFO:  Flyer || Email Zoraida Ettrick to volunteer

Ability 360 Center Health and Wellness Fair

This 2-day health fair will offer multiple education and exhibition opportunities, as well as health screenings to an estimated 1,200 attendees. 

DATE: Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th
TIME: Friday, 12-5pm || Saturday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix
COST: FREE to attend || paid sponsorships available
MORE INFO:  Event Site || Sponsor Site

Sharing Strategies for Health Equity Social Medicine In Action

Community members and health professionals are invited to explore strategies addressing social and structural roots that drive inequality and sickness and work towards collective liberation through a day of shared learning.

Town hall style presentations | Breakout groups | Discussions | Local and international leaders in global health and community organizing

DATE: Saturday, April 28th 
TIME: 8:30am-5:30pm 
WHERE: Red Rock Event Center, Churchrock, New Mexico
COST: Varies, starting at $25.00
MORE INFO:  Website

Quality Improvement with Mr. Potato Head

Join us for a two-hour highly interactive training on the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act)  process, a simple way to test any theory and monitor its impact as fast, continuous cycles of improvement. 

You'll learn how making predictions, testing theories, collecting data, and collaborating can be applied to just about any improvement objective, including building this funny-looking guy. 

DATE: Tuesday, May 1
TIME: 9am-11am
WHERE: Maricopa County Public Health, 14th Floor, 4041 N. Central, Phoenix
MORE INFO:  Email Molly McNamara for details or to register

Social Marketing Workshop: Fostering Sustainable Behavior Change

For over three decades Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr has been working to incorporate scientific knowledge on behavior change into the design and delivery of community programs. He is the founder of community-based social marketing and the author of three books on the topic. One of these books has been recommended by Time Magazine and become requisite reading for those who deliver programs to protect the environment, promote public health and prevent injuries.  

Introductory and advanced workshops are coming soon. These workshops will be of interest to those working to promote behavioral changes that protect the environment or foster public health and safety. Descriptions of both workshops are provided below.

DATE: May 29-30 (Introductory Workshop), May 31-June 1 (Advanced Workshop)
TIME: 9am-4pm each day
COST: Varies; $50 discount with coupon code 13e05143 plus discounts for groups  
MORE INFO:  Website

priority: access to care
How to Get People To The Doctor When They Don't Want to Go

"Gurven has visited and studied the Tsimane people for 16 years. Last month, he and colleagues published a paper in the journal Social Science & Medicine on why these impoverished people, who live an average of just over 50 years (compared to the world average of 71.5), often won't take advantage of medical care, even when it's free and offered by people they've come to trust.

"What the researchers found offers some clues about why many of us resist going to the doctor when things like rashes, coughs and pains make it pretty clear that we should."
-- NPR

This Venture Capitalist is Focused on the Oldest and Sickest People in America

"While running the Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid, Slavitt did not lie awake at night worrying whether the prototypical Fitbit or Apple Watch user met their step goals. People with chronic conditions, like diabetes and heart disease, account for 86 percent of America's health care costs.

"'We need to talk about real human problems,' he said."

priority: access to healthy food
New York's Freegans Expose the Waste of Our Food Systems

"On a recent night in New York City, a group of foragers pulled 50 perfectly edible bagels and a bag of untarnished, fresh produce out of the garbage. And that's just the beginning."

Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook

"If a facility has identified obesity, food access, or diet-related health conditions among the priority health needs in its community health needs assessment (CHNA), then initiatives to promote healthy food access and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables can be important components of an implementation strategy to address these needs.

"The playbook has several sections with resources to support different stages of the community benefit or community health planning process. Each resource provides examples and links to learn more." 
--Health Care Without Harm

priority: early childhood development
New Scottsdale Playground More Accessible for Kids with Disabilities

"When Vicki Leonard brings her son Dylan to a park, it's not always guaranteed to be a good time.

"'It was always challenging to go to playgrounds when he was littler just because of the fact that he's - you can clearly see he's different," Leonard said.

"Dylan, 13, is deaf, has cerebral palsy and autism."
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