Peer-to-Peer Virtual Learning Series

Have you been looking for a way to connect with other communities around an emergent health topic?

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Peer-to-Peer Virtual Learning Series bring together individuals from across the country who are interested in shared learning on a topic. In these series, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Seek insights and guidance from your peers
  • Hear from communities experiencing successes
  • Share information about what works from your own experience
  • Jointly problem-solve around a common issue

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team members will be on hand to facilitate the conversation and share additional guidance and resources. 

What Is the Format?

Our Peer-to-Peer Learning Series are virtual face-to-face discussions that replace in-person convenings. While there is a call-in option for those without webcams, we highly encourage you to connect with your camera to enrich the quality of the discussion. We also ask that you share your contact information so that connections can be made after each session.

What Outcomes Can I Expect?

Following each session, you can expect to:

  • Identify policies, programs, or strategies that are working
  • Make new connections to follow up with after the session
  • Learn about potential partners working in this space
  • Receive a summary of ideas and resources exchanged

Join us for Engaging Youth to Create Healthy Communities

Young people play a powerful role in leading positive community change. They often bring new ideas, new energy, and their own lived experiences that help foster inclusive communities for everyone. Finding ways to reach out, create seats at decision-making tables, and support leadership development among youth and young adults is an important part of building healthy communities for generations to come.

Please join us for this two-part peer-learning series on engaging youth to create community change. Youth and adult colleagues from around the country will come together to share successes, challenges, and ideas for effective approaches to youth participation in planning and decision-making. 

This peer-to-peer learning opportunity will bring together a group of youth and adult partners to discuss a topic you all have in common.  This will be a facilitated conversation rather than a formal presentation. Please come ready to share your own work and bring things you want to learn from others -including youth and young adults -working in the youth engagement space.   

We are offering new sessions for this series as the June 6 & 13 sessions have been filled.


New Session 1 | July 11, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET

In the first session, you will discuss and share strategies and resources on how to strengthen partnerships with young people.

New Session 2 | July 25, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:15p.m. ET

In the second session, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own work to create opportunities for youth to be active community leaders, explore ways to build your youth engagement skills, and enhance your professional network. 

You may participate in one or both sessions, but participation in both is encouraged. 

Session 1 - FULL |  June 6, 2019  |  2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET
Session 2 - FULL | June 13, 2019 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET

Technical Requirements

We will meet via video, using Zoom. Please plan to join by video using a webcam on your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Being able to see each other face-to-face will help us connect with each other and have a good conversation.

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Past Learning Series


Appalachian Communities Respond to Opioids (Summer 2018)

Part 1: Opioid Use in Expectant Mothers and Treatment for Newborns

This conversation featured community representatives working in Washington County, VA. Participants discussed strategies they are using to provide support to mothers working to overcome addiction as well as their newborn infants, who were exposed to opioids.

Part 2: Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This session featured representatives from the West Virginia State University Extension Service and the Bell County (Kentucky) Health Department. In it, participants explored how communities in these states are finding ways to support grandparents caring for grandchildren whose parents are struggling with addiction or are incarcerated. 

Part 3: Youth, Trauma & Opioid Use

This conversation featured representatives from United Way of Southwest Virginia and CASA for Children in Wheeling, West Virginia, who shared how their organizations have helped local communities create programs to address trauma and educate the community to respond appropriately to youth exhibiting signs of trauma. We also heard from community leaders across the region about the strategies and tools they have used to address youth trauma.


Midwestern Communities Respond to Opioids (Fall 2018) 

Part 1: Treatment for Mothers and Newborns 

This conversation featured representatives from Missouri working to support mothers in recovery in multiple counties. Additionally, we will hear from a physician treating pregnant women with Opioid Use Disorder in several communities in Wisconsin. 

Part 2: Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This conversation featured a representative from St. Paul, Minnesota who shared how her organization is supporting grandparents caring for grandchildren whose parents are struggling with addiction or are incarcerated. 

Part 3: Youth, Trauma, and Opioid Use

This conversation featured a program serving youth in multiple counties in Ohio exposed to trauma in the family as a result of opioid use. Family preservation programs were also discussed. Additionally, we heard from a representative from Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County, who introduced a new opioid and heroin use awareness toolkit for families.


Using County Health Rankings to Address Persistent Health Gaps and Create Change (Winter 2019)

Part 1

In the first session, participants explored

Part 2

In the second session, participants shared the ways in which they are: 

    • How the Rankings release can serve as an opportunity to mobilize action
    • How you as a local changemaker have moved from thinking about a low ranking to identifying assets and opportunities
    • Celebrating bright spots in your communities
    • Thinking about and implementing successful strategies to improve health in your community