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
  • 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 Strengthening Rural Economies

People tend to live longer, healthier lives in places with strong local economies. Economic opportunities are linked to lower rates of poverty and unemployment, as well as healthy lifestyles. Rural communities face unique challenges in creating and maintaining thriving economies and typically face higher rates of poverty and unemployment than urban and suburban areas. There are many ways employers, schools, community members and others can work together to increase job skills, employment opportunities, and set young people on a path towards academic and financial success.

Please join us for this two-part, interactive peer learning series on strengthening rural economies. Colleagues from around the country will come together to share successes, challenges, and ideas for effective approaches to rural economic development.

This peer-to-peer learning forum will bring together rural changemakers to discuss a topic that many communities have in common.

Please note: This is designed to be a facilitated, interactive conversation among participants rather than a formal presentation. Please come ready to share ideas and experiences from your own work and bring questions you want to ask others who are also working to strengthen their local economies.  

Session 1: Leveraging Partnerships

Discuss and share strategies and resources to leverage partnerships to spur rural economic development.

Session 2: Emerging Strategies that are Making a Difference

Bring ideas and experiences from your own community efforts to strengthen your local economy -- what has worked and the challenges you face -- and share what has made a difference in your work. In both sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to make new connections and expand your professional network.

Session Dates and Times
  • Thursday, August 15th 3-4:15 pm ET and
  • Thursday, August 29th 3-4:15 pm ET

 You may participate in either session, although participation in both is encouraged.

REGISTER NOW. Space is limited so early registration is suggested.

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.

Zoom is free to download and easy to use.

Want to practice with your technology before the session? Reach out to joe.hinton@chrr.wisc.edu.


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.   

REGISTER NOW

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. 

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.

Zoom is free to download and easy to use. New to Zoom? Don't worry - we're here to help! Please reach out to us at joe.hinton@chrr.wisc.edu.

 

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:

    • How the Rankings release serves as an opportunity to mobilize action
    • How they, as local changemakers, have moved from thinking about a low ranking to identifying assets and opportunities
    Part 2

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

    • Celebrating bright spots 
    • Thinking about and implementing successful strategies to improve health in their community