Join North County San Diego organizations for the first Leah’s Pantry Learning Collaborative! This opportunity brings together organizations committed to aligning their food security and nutrition work with the science of trauma and resilience, and to integrating trauma-informed principles. This Collaborative has been developed through a partnership with the San Diego Accountable Communities for Health initiative, in particular the North County Collective Action Workgroup.
Up to ten organizations will be accepted. Priority will be given to qualifying organizations working in San Diego’s North County Inland region. Organizations must have at least two participating staff/board members; three is encouraged. The group will convene for six afternoons sessions over five months (meeting twice the first month). Sessions will include content, group work, and peer-to-peer learning. All organizations will work on a defined project during the Collaborative and be expected to work independently between sessions.
The Collaborative has three major goals:
- Build capacity among North County organizations to implement food security and nutrition programs that uphold trauma-informed principles and incorporate the science of trauma and resilience.
- Deepen relationships between North 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 and nutritional health.
- Accomplish and celebrate a defined five-month project to enhance your organization’s existing work.
POSTPONED in light of COVID-19.
More information to come. Please complete the form below to indicate your interest and we will be in touch when this is rescheduled.
Sample Session Topics
- Understanding nourishment and protective factors through the lens of trauma and resilience
- Integrating trauma-informed principles into organizations and programs
- Challenges and opportunities for trauma-informed organizational development
- Building an integrated trauma-informed nutrition security program
- Applications: community engagement and evaluation strategies
- Participant presentations
Organizational Deliverable: Five-Month Project
- Choose an existing program to enhance, a new program that is being implemented, or another short-term project within your organization to work on during the five-month Learning Collaborative period. Examples of possible projects include decreasing wait times at food pantry/distributions, creating the infrastructure for volunteer on-boarding and training, preparing curriculum for nutrition classes, operationalizing congregate meal preparation and service procedures, or implementing nutrition security support in clinic settings.
- In between meetings, work with your team to complete monthly homework assignments and check-in with Leah’s Pantry trainers.
- 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 a four-part application (PDF preview) to participate in the 2020 North County San Diego 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 the applications and respond by April 1, 2020.