Are you a Merced County agency seeking to align your food security or nutrition initiatives with the science of trauma and resilience? Please consider joining us at the 2021 Merced County Learning Collaborative! Participation in the collaborative is free!
Start Date: 07/15/2021
Dates: 07/15, 07/29, 08/12, 08/26, 09/09, 09/23 (Thursdays)
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom (plus some independent work, see below)
This Collaborative has been developed through a partnership Merced County, Leah’s Pantry, and CalFresh Healthy Living.
Though this Collaborative we hope to:
- Build capacity among Merced County organizations to implement food security, nutrition, and public health programs that uphold trauma-informed principles and incorporate the science of trauma and resilience.
- Deepen relationships between Merced County organizations working to improve community nutrition security.
- Create and document tangible examples of the region’s commitment to trauma-informed principles and progressive responses to the challenges of community food security, nutritional health, and COVID-19.
- Work as organizational teams to plan, develop, and implement trauma-informed group projects.
Capacity Building Topics
- How positive and adverse experiences shape our relationship to food
- Food and Food Programs as Healing and Protection
- Trauma-Informed Organizational Development
- Trauma-Informed Systems & Collaboration
Up to twelve organizations will be accepted. Organizations must have at least two participating staff or board members but three is encouraged. All organizations will work on a specific program/project that they design/of their choice during the Collaborative.
Sessions will include content, group work, and peer-to-peer learning. Some independent and group work between sessions is required, including two check-in calls with Leah’s Pantry staff.
What type of program should we choose to work on?
- You can choose either an existing program that could benefit from a new perspective, or a new program that is needed during this time.
- In between meetings, work with your team to complete short monthly homework assignments and check-in with Leah’s Pantry trainers (~2 hours a month)
- Incorporate knowledge and skills gained during the learning collaborative and feedback from peers to improve your project.
- Present your project to the group during the final session.
Apply to Participate
The following is an application to participate in the 2021 Merced County Learning Collaborative. When you’ve completed the form fields in each section, click the Next button to continue. Then, click Submit at the end of the fourth section to finalize your submission. Leah’s Pantry will review and accept applications on a rolling basis until spots are filled. Applications are accepted until space is full, or until 7/10/21.