Our mission at Community Health Councils is to collectively build equitable systems. We do this by focusing on the individual in the system and at the core of our Capacity Building Workshops are four driving principles: Confidence Increase; Knowledge Increase; Behavior Change; Actionable Outcome. Secondarily, we are looking at how the Workshops help leaders feel confident by reaffirming the knowledge they already have, thereby allowing them to maximize skills like public speaking. Leaders have relayed that they valued learning about racial trauma, including how it is transmitted generationally. Learning about racial trauma helped leaders understand some of the racial tension experienced in their communities and gain insight into their own racial experience. Leaders mentioned that learning about racial trauma allowed them to be more open and understanding about each other’s experience in the community. Also, leaders communicated that they wanted to learn more about conflict resolution.
In addition to the academic partnerships, the curriculum and the impact metrics for the Workshops, we are also developing source and support materials that are extended outside of the classroom. These “Fishbowls” working off Episode One of the Equity Lookbook (Source Material) aim to nurture the work that we do in the classroom.