Date: October 29 @ 1pm ET
Topic: Rethinking Resilience: A Community-Centred Approach
Imara Rolston, Confronting Anti-Black Racism unit, City of Toronto
Blake Poland, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UofT
Anne Gloger, Centre for Connected Communities
Ismail Afrah, Local Champions Network & Regent Park Neighbourhood Association
Brief description of presentation:
Resilience to extreme weather, climate change, and other foreseen and unforeseen shocks is an integral component of healthy cities and communities, and one that is being increasingly addressed by public health, emergency preparedness and other city departments, as well as NGOs and civil society groups. While the need to connect the resilience-building initiatives emerging from civil society actors and formal government agencies and departments has been increasingly acknowledged, our understanding of how best to do this is still in its infancy. Building on prior work together a cross sector team started to explore a new community- centred approach to resilience in 2019, a “Connected Communities Approach” (CCA).
With CIHR funding, the team undertook a literature review of community resilience. This work was well underway when COVID hit and laid bare the very inequities identified in both the City of Toronto’s Resilience Strategy and our literature review: Healthy & Resilient Cities: A Connected Community Approach.
The presenters will outline the genesis of their work together, the crux of the issue around how citizens and formal institutions work together to build community-centred resilience, the essence of the Connected Community Approach and what it can contribute, and the experience of doing this work on the ground from the perspective of a Local Champion.
This CoP is made up of a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies; to enhance their practice; and, to share their knowledge and insights across the field.
We will share our own experiences and draw upon the knowledge and expertise of a variety of thought-leaders in this field to enable us to deepen our understanding of this issue. We will also identify and post useful resources and stories to illustrate promising practices. Specifically, the members of this CoP will:
By joining this unique CoP you will share your experiences and knowledge in free-flowing and creative ways with interested leaders from a diversity of sectors who share your interest in this topic.
The conversations facilitated through this CoP with your peers, from across Canada and around the world, will enable you to uncover and learn about innovative approaches to this issue, share helpful resources, access new ideas and contribute to the transfer of best practices.
The Citizens & Emergency Preparedness Community of Practice is a diverse group of participants who are from many different places and work within many different settings but share a common interest in this topic. Here are some of the groups that we hope will take part:
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