Over fifty community leaders in Three Community Dialogues
Over three hundred and forty students in Five pre-service classes in ongoing Discourse
Sixty three One -to-One Community Conversations
We are just getting started!
The Ribbon Rouge Foundation Listening campaign is in session, and it is here for a while as we build this social movement, step by committed step. We are doing the "impossible" work of stitching our diverse African communities and Caribbean communities and Black communities together. We are listening to people of African descent and delving into our histories, our cultures, our struggles and our triumphs and as we listen we are building relationships through which we intend to close gaps in health outcomes in Alberta.
So far, I have found that people are yearning for a space to really speak authentically, and people say often that they are grateful for this platform that the Ribbon Rouge Foundation is providing. Across the province, we hear that it is important to have community involved in policy development. We are synthesizing these conversations, drafting manuscripts, crafting artistic expressions to translate and mobilize knowledge that is being generated through this Listening Campaign in robust ways.
It is with humility and lots of excitement that I share with you that our core team won a Campus Alberta award. As a winner of Campus Alberta's Health Outcomes & Public Health meeting grant competition, the Ribbon Rouge Foundation's first public presentation of this Listening Campaign will be at the Campus Alberta's 2018 provincial Forum
I am also pleased to share that our recent community dialogue attracted a broad network of Policy Makers, Black community leaders (gate-keepers, heads of community organizations, people in senior private sector / arts/ public service leadership), Religious leaders, Researchers, Health, Social and Settlement Service providers to listen deeply and to understand root causes of issues upstream to how HIV dis-proportionally affects people of African descent in Alberta.
As I said, we are only just getting started!
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