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Difficult Dialogue Series
- CNW Launches Difficult Dialogues Series - May 2, 2014
The Center for a New Washington launched a new community engagement series, the Difficult Dialogues, on Friday May 2, 2014 with an event on the topic of marijuana cultivation and distribution in Yakima County. Since Initiative 502 was approved by popular vote in Washington State in November 2012, community members in Yakima County have engaged in rigorous debate about our involvement in our local community.
The Difficult Dialogues series is designed to bring opinion-leaders to the Yakima Valley to present their divergent viewpoints to an audience of local community leaders. We then invite participants to engage in cross-sector dialogue facilitated by skilled Heritage faculty and staff. Our goal is to initiate true dialogue by focusing on the process of healthy and productive engagement, working together to gain a clear understanding of multiple positions on a conflicted issue that matters to us.
Following the speakers’ presentations, participants engaged in cross-sector roundtable discussions facilitated by faculty and staff from Heritage University. Comments participants included in the event survey include, “the event was very respectfully organized,” and “thank you for organizing a thoughtful discussion.” The Heritage facilitation team has undergone training from the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima.
||Alex Newhouse, a private attorney from Sunnyside who was a vocal advocate for Initiative 502, made a presentation supporting Marijuana cultivation and distribution in Yakima County.
||Anna Maria Dufault, Community Mobilization and Drug-Free Communities Coordinator for Education Service District 105, made a presentation opposing the distribution and cultivation of marijuana in Yakima County.
Initiative 502 defined and legalized small amounts of marijuana-related products for adults 21 and over, taxes them and designates the revenue for healthcare and substance-abuse prevention and education.
Click here to view the report.
CNW hosts Dr. Roseann Umana to lead two Student Veteran Seminars - Monday, March 24, 2014
Dr. Roseann Umana, a clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in military mental health treatment joined us from the Columbus, OH Veterans Administration Center. Dr. Umana gave two outstanding seminars. The first, entitled “What Assets Veterans Bring to Higher Education and the Work Place,” was held at Heritage University’s main campus in Toppenish, WA, and was immediately followed by a luncheon that enabled student veterans to have a meaningful conversation Dr. Umana. The second seminar held at ESD 105 in Yakima was entitled “Readjusting from Deployment and Transitioning from Military to Civilian Culture.” A number of high level community members gathered to discuss the issues surrounding veteran’s readjustment to civilian life and what we as a community can do to help support the transition. Both seminars were introduced by Kay Bassett, Director of CNW and welcomed by Dr. John Bassett, President of Heritage University.
We would like to thank Dr. Umana for joining us to lead such an important discussion!
UPDATE: See the Yakima Herald Republic Story "Yakima County health partnership receives $50,000 grant"
- Building a Healthier Yakima: Creating an Interprofessional Medical Education, Research and Practice Institute
On November 18, 2013, CNW at Heritage University, in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest University hosted a forum entitled “Building a Healthier Yakima: Creating an Interprofessional Medical Education, Research and Practice Institute,” featuring Dr. Mark Taylor. Dr. Taylor, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Chair of Cellular Science department at PNWU, is instrumental in spearheading the establishment of this collaborative approach to healthcare education for central and eastern Washington. The forum brought together expert thinkers, scholars and practitioners to the Yakima Valley to consult with community leaders in true dialogue.
The following panelists contributed valuable thoughts to the discussion:
Dr. Robert Sutton, Senior Advisor and Associate Dean of Medical Education at Pacific Northwest University
Dr. David Darda, Associate Dean of College of the Sciences at Central Washington University
Dr. Barbara Richardson, Director of Interprofessional Education at Washington State University
Dr. Dan Ferguson, Director of the Allied Health Center at Yakima Valley Community College
Dr. Christina Nyirati, Director of Nursing Program, Heritage University
Dr. Judd Case, Dean of the College of Science, Health and Engineering at Eastern Washington University
- Envisioning a Healthier Yakima: Creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) to address local health concerns
On December 6, 2013, CNW facilitated a discussion about the possibility of creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) in central Washington. The forum was facilitated by Dr. Joy Howard, Interim Assistant Director.
The “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima” forum combined local, regional and state-level representatives who are interested in or are currently implementing Washington RHIC initiatives. A RHIC calls all members of the health care sector—providers, purchasers, payers, and consumers--to work collaboratively with business, criminal justice, education, faith-based, government, philanthropy, social service, tribal, and other sectors to efficiently and effectively improve health care for its targeted community.
Our goal was for panel participants to engage in dialogue with attendees to inform the ongoing conversation, and contribute to an action plan for creating a RHIC that includes the Yakima valley. CNW is pleased to announce that we achieved this goal.
CNW would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our panelists for their valuable contributions to the discussion:
Nathan Johnson, Division Director, Health Care Policy, WA State Health Care Authority
Jonathan Seib, Senior Vice President, Healthcare, Strategies 360
Carol Moser, Executive Director, Health Alliance, Benton-Franklin
Deanna Davis, Executive Director, Better Health Together, Spokane
Sheryl DePietro, Yakima Public Health District
Deborah Guack, Strategic Development Consultant
Jackie McPhee, Executive Director, Children’s Village
Rich Spiegel, Signal Health
Click here to the view the “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima” public report.
- Washington Educational Research Association - December 11, 2013
On December 11, 2013, the All Children Exceeding Standards research team presented a workshop entitled, “P-3- Where You Start is Where You Finish” at the Washington Education Research Association Conference. This three-hour workshop explored the ACES initiative in Richland School district in tandem with the One Voice for Higher Education project initiative of Yakima County.
Participants explored visioning, funding, and finding district and community support for innovation in the education system. This hands-on workshop focused on exploring the practical application of collective impact initiatives, from the local context of participants. Participants were encouraged to explore opportunities in their areas, with an eye to overcoming barriers. The program abstract is below. Presenters were Erich Bolz, Nicole Blake, Sarah Augustine, Karen Weakley, and Rick Shulte.
P-3: It Makes the Difference
Where You Start is Where You Finish
Access to high quality early learning opportunities seems to be en vogue in today’s political climate. While the research mandates a move of scarce resources to this endeavor, we must ask the question, “Can my district afford to wait for policy-makers to do the right thing?” This presentation showcases two approaches (and an interesting loosely coupled collaboration) to changing the school readiness paradigm, one in the Richland School District (ACES) and one in the Yakima Valley (One Voice). Participants will leave energized and with powerful strategies to engage their communities in this effort.
Erich Bolz, Assistant Superintendent, Richland School District
Nicole Blake, Coordinator of ECE, Parent Involvement, and AVID at Richland School District 400
Sarah Augustine, Assistant Director, Center for a New Washington, Heritage University
Karen Weakley, Early Learning Consultant
Rick Donahoe, Richland School Board
- Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) meets at Heritage University - October 15, 2013
The Center for a New Washington (CNW) at Heritage University hosted a community forum presented by the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC).
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- Heritage University’s First Alumnae Gathering
On September 4, 2013, Heritage University and the Center for a New Washington held HU’s first alumni gathering. The event brought together both current staff/faculty who are HU alumni, as well as off campus alumni who are making a difference in our community every day. The event was moderated by Kay Bassett, Director of the Center for a New Washington. Presentations were made by: Theresa Vitello, Director of the Early Learning Center, Crystal Bass, Director of Alumni Affairs and Yuridia Valencia, a student/parent at Heritage University.
- Early Learning Focus Group
The Center for a New Washington and Dr. Michael Pavel are pleased to host a lunch and a focused listening session to discuss strategies for keeping Native teachers in the classroom. We explored what is necessary to establish a preferred certification process for tribal early childhood educators. The Foundation for Early Learning and the First Peoples, First Steps Alliance have established a team to examine these important issues for Washington State. The team is guided by ChiXapkaid (Dr Michael Pavel), A Skokomish tribal member and faculty member at the University of Oregon. The team will be hosting a series of listening sessions across the state, to begin here on the Yakama reservation.
In keeping with CNW’s mission to provide a space where community interests can explore innovative and practical solutions, the Center hosted a community panel that discussed immigration reform from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Panelists included: local grower Jim Doornick, Mayor Clara Jimenez, Representative Bruce Chandler, Tadeo Saenz-Thompson, CEO of Inspire (formerly the migrant council), and Pastor David Bell. The discussion was led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, and moderated by HU president Dr. John Bassett. Above please find a link to an article published by the Yakima Herald Republic.
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