We will be offering 45 minute round table discussions with local community members– check out the options below!  And register now for the MC3 Summit!

Connecting Indiana Youth Councils through Safe, Stable and Nurturing Environments and Relationships

Facilitators: Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams, Rachel Jern, & Rebecca Blankenship- Moore

Youth councils from Monroe, Marion, Putnam and Vigo counties used the BTCC Café Activity from MC3 2016 to envision what safe, stable and nurturing environments and relationships look and feel like in their communities. On a set of traveling “quilts,” Indiana councils and groups who participated were invited to an iterative conversation about what it takes to have safe, stable and nurturing Indiana communities. Participants will hear lessons learned about the facilitation process at each site and will review the data collected during the process. This discussion will offer participants an opportunity to view the “SSNRE quilts” that have been travelling from location to location and engage with one another in a facilitated discussion of how the data from the BTCC café activity can be used to increase connections, a protective factor for multiple forms of violence.

Data Sharing Round Table

Facilitator: Matt Hanauer

In order to tackle the multidimensional challenges our city faces, we need accurate, up to date, and local data. No one has more accurate, up to date, and local data, than our local nonprofits and governmental agencies. We will focus on the following data sharing related topics: (1) How are organizations currently sharing data (2) What are the barriers organizations face when sharing data? (3) How can organizations work together to overcome data sharing barriers? Let’s spark new ideas that will allow more organizations to share data leading to better insights into how to tackle our city’s multidimensional challenges.

Foster Care

Facilitators: Laura Alford, LMHC & Faye Ebel-Orr Foster Care Specialist- Monroe County

Want to learn more about the foster care system?  Come join this discussion about challenges in the system, difficulties foster youth may face, and how you can better navigate working with foster children.

Fostering Inclusion Through Play-Based Learning

Facilitator: Kim Drabek

Examining the power of play to foster learning of social, behavioral, emotional, and motor skills, particularly in helping develop a community that is inclusive and beneficial for ALL kids, both with and without disabilities.

From Youth ­Serving to Youth ­Collaborative

Facilitator: Becca Smith

This discussion will assess the structure of youth­ serving organizations and brainstorm ways to actively and meaningfully include youth in the decisions and processes of said groups.

Housing Stability: The Impact on Lifetime Health

Facilitators: Tara Todd and Felita Lucas

Stable housing has a significant impact on the development of children. Bloomington Housing Authority works to house families through both our Public Housing program and our Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program. Additionally, we work to coordinate resources and services to provide support to the families we serve in order to ensure they have access to proper health care, mental health services, education supports and other resources needed to achieve lifelong health beginning at birth.

Implicit Bias

Facilitator: Stephanie Solomon

We will discuss the science of implicit bias and how it perpetuates structural racism in our schools, healthcare systems, and youth centers. We’ll explore the implicit biases that impede youth health and share tools to detect and safeguard against implicit bias within organizational policy and procedure.  

Monroe County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan – a community journey in assessing health and addressing identified health disparities

Facilitators: Monroe County Community Health Improvement Plan Teams

Public Health partners in Monroe County started meeting in 2015 to start planning and doing a community health assessment to identify local resources and needs. Survey, focus group and secondary data were shared with community members in 2016 to analyze and determine health priorities. Three top priorities were identified for the community health improvement plan:

  • Substance Abuse-Mental Health
  • Basic Needs (lack of)
  • Chronic Disease

Each priority area has a team that meets regularly to work on projects identified through establishing goals and objectives. Doing a round table will help us to share what we have learned and encourage others to join us.

Monroe County’s Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

Facilitator: Georg’ann Cattelona, BTCC Core Team Member

In September of 2016, BTCC and a cross-sector team of 12+ organizations and coalitions were accepted as one of 50 finalists in the national Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. The team aligned around a shared vision of health equity to make Monroe County, IN the best place to be a child and prioritized policy, practice, and environmental changes that promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments. This round table will feature an overview of the first year of the Challenge including examples of organizational change efforts. Q&A will follow.  

On My Way Pre-K

Facilitators: Jennifer Myers, Coordinator, Monroe Smart Start & Crystal Moore, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager, Monroe & Vigo Counties

Learn about On My Way Pre-K and how you can help eligible families receive FREE pre-K for 4-year-olds.

Put your Passion into Practice: The Power of Sharing Your Story

Facilitator: Cyndi Johnson

Many of us have a cause that captures our attention, our skills, our passion. Sometimes we get to choose our cause, and sometimes, our cause chooses us. In this discussion, we will explore the power of storytelling and gain valuable tools to develop our own personal experiences into compelling stories that advance our causes.

Social Inclusion

Facilitator: Melanie Vehslage and Nicole Zautra, BTCC Core Team Members

Our connections- to people and our community- can impact our health. Join us for a conversation about social inclusion- what it is, how our community promotes it, and what makes it challenging to facilitate. This round table discussion will be the culmination of the Fall Community Conversation series facilitated by BTCC and members of the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge cross-sector team.  Information and perspectives from the Fall series will inform follow up conversations in the Spring and be used to recommend policy and practice changes that enhance child, family, and community well-being.  

The Coordinated School Health Model – How schools can promote childhood health

Facilitator: Lisa Greathouse

An overview of the role schools can play in promoting health by using the coordinated school health model.  We will go over examples of programs, policy, and training for staff; and also giving information about how to get involved to help create change through PTOs, health councils, and advocating for both MCCSC and RBBCSC.

The Role of After-school Programs in Supporting Youth Health

Facilitator: Kevin MacDowell

We will discuss the value and importance of after school programs for youth to thrive. You can also learn about the Bloomington After School Network and the role it plays in supporting area after school programs.

Using the E4™ Framework

Facilitator: Meagan Benetti, BTCC Core Team Member

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence developed the E4™ Framework to help guide strategy selection.  Join this round table to learn about the 4 Es- ethical, equitable, effective, and efficient- and discuss ideas for utilizing the framework in organizational and agency contexts.


*Note: We will also have a number of informal networking and brainstorming tables available concurrent with the round table offerings.   Additional round table topics may be added; the website will be updated accordingly.  

MC3 2017 Round table Discussion Topics
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