On the national front, Kirwan partnered with PICO National Network and CCO in Kansas City, and with MICAH in New Orleans, to build a common understanding of sustainable and equitable community health. Our studies mapped high concentrations of emergency room usage (“hot spots”), in order to better understand the primary care needs of the community, … Continue reading »
The Kirwan Institute has been providing technical assistance to the Detroit Civic Engagement Fellows as they work to craft an equitable civic engagement plan for the residents of Detroit and the surrounding region amid the city’s dramatic reorganization. Over the past nine months, the Kirwan Institute has helped plan site visits to communities throughout the country in order to experience new civic engagement models and innovative ideas that may be useful to civic engagement in Detroit. We have also worked to develop a framework for a new model of civic engagement in Detroit by meeting with local officials and community groups and holding work meetings where we address issues such as race and class barriers to opportunity, and reciprocal accountability between government officials and residents. Other issues include engagement with regional and corporate entities, and confronting barriers to building civic capacity in the most marginalized communities. We are in the final stages of crafting a framework and plan of implementation for civic engagement, with plans in place to coordinate these efforts with the larger non-profit and philanthropic civic engagement initiatives in order to create meaningful civic empowerment.
Now on the verge of a regional and national movement, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) aims to change the conditions for African Americans in the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. While the challenges that face individual communities often require individual solutions, the region faces similar challenges and opportunities in education, housing, and … Continue reading »
The Institute will soon complete a year-long capacity building and opportunity mapping initiative for Merced County, California, working with the California Endowment’s Building Health Communities HUB staff in the region. Through the course of the project, a series of meetings with stakeholders and community groups led to the identification of three areas of particular concern … Continue reading »
The Institute is wrapping up local technical assistance, opportunity mapping and facilitation of civic engagement to inform the HUD SCI grant in coastal Mississippi. We will continue our involvement in the region to provide training and support for use of the resulting opportunity maps by GRPC and area stakeholders. Learn more about our HUD Sustainable … Continue reading »