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2018 Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Convening:
Championing Change

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2018 CHSC Convening and helped make it a success! The Convening, held on September 24th25th at the Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, brought together the CHSC community to exchange information, develop skills, and engage with Buffalo champions.  This summary includes key points captured through graphic recording, photos from the Convening, and session materials.
 
The Program included speaker biographies and an agenda for the two-day event.
Monday, September 24th
Movie Viewing: Fed Up
Many of us had the opportunity to watch Fed Up, a documentary that explores how the food industry impacts our health. For those interested, you can order a copy of the movie here
Welcome from NYSDOH and NYOPCE
Dan French (NYSDOH) and Tammy Calise (NYOPCE) welcomed the group to the third annual CHSC Convening.
The Power of Youth: Advice from Young Champions on How to Effectively Involve Them
Youth panelists from the Massachusetts Avenue Project provided their perspective on how youth can be strong advocates. They helped us gain a better understanding of what motivates youth to become, and stay, involved in working and advocating for healthier schools and communities.
Local Champions: How CHSC Grantees Are Building Influence for Meaningful Results
Tammy Calise facilitated a discussion with CHSC grantees Cheryl Brannan from Nepperhan Community Center and Karyn Kirschbaum from Western Suffolk BOCES about how they have been able to strategically cultivate champions in their communities. Access the slides here
CHSC Program Update: Looking Ahead and Update on Evaluation Projects
Dan French provided federal and state grant updates and new CHSC opportunities. View Dan's presentation here. MJ Pattison provided a review of required evaluation activities and introduced the CHSC mapping project. View MJ's presentation here
What's the Buzz? Peer Roundtable Discussions of CHSC Strategies
Grantees spent time networking and chatting with their peers about strategies they are working on, or are interested in pursuing.

Going Local: Highlighting Innovative CHSC Practices in Buffalo
Attendees broke out into one of six learning adventures to experience firsthand local successes. Access slides for the following sessions:

Tuesday, September 25th
Early-morning Zumba

Early birds started the day with a Zumba® Fitness class led by licensed instructor and OPCE TA Lead, Laura Ruggiero.
COMMUNITY SESSIONS
Emerging Issues in Complete Streets: Panel Discussion with Diverse Stakeholders

Justin Booth, Director of GObike Buffalo, moderated a discussion with a diverse panel of professionals committed to advancing Complete Streets. 

Visit this link to access the NYS DOT Project Development Process Flowchart referenced by Peter Pasnik. 

Working with Anchor Institutions to Improve Community Health

Jennifer Obadia from Health Care Without Harm facilitated a workshop that helped grantees consider new and different ways to work with partners to strengthen local food systems. View Jennifer's slides and access handouts from the session. 

Food Access and Food Service Guidelines: Strategies for Engaging New Partners
Andrea Muscadin from Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) shared two exciting opportunities with grantees - PHA's Healthier Campus Initiative and FNV Campaign. Access Andrea's slides here and stay tuned for updates from DOH and OPCE.
SCHOOL SESSIONS

Championing CSPAP: CHSC Experiences with Partner Organizations

School coordinators who had experience with various CSPAP trainings/PD opportunities provided resources and tips, and answered questions from their colleagues. Access the list of topics and facilitators here

Working with WSCC

Following OPCE's August WSCC webinar, Donna Videto from SUNY College at Cortland facilitated a workshop to work through challenges with regards to WSCC implementation, explore how to use data to advance efforts, and brainstorm next steps for CHSC grantees. Access the slides and handout
 

School Nutrition Updates from State Ed

Sandy Sheedy from the NYS Education Department provided updates on various topics including Breakfast After the Bell, 30% NYS, and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming. Access Sandy's slides here

WRAP-UP TOGETHER

Selling Your Ideas: Communication Strategies to Increase Your Chance of Success
The Convening wrapped up with a session facilitated by Tammy Calise, certified MBTI instructor, that highlighted the ingredients to successful influencing, and how to use personality type to become a better communicator and influencer. Access her slides here
 

Thank you again to all who participated at the Convening. Check out Health-e-Link soon for more photos from the Convening. OPCE extends our sincere appreciation to our Buffalo hosts, and we look forward to an exciting Year 4!

-OPCE
Copyright 2018 Obesity Prevention Center for Excellence, All rights reserved.

This project is supported by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) under grant # DOH01-CHSCA-2014. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by NYSDOH.

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