What Makes a Healthy Community and How Do We Get There?

Thursday, November 14, 2013 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
United Way of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT
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A program for staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations.

Violence happens daily in our communities, but all too often it is a singular situation that triggers quick action and leads to changes in public policy and practices. In reality an equivalent of 100 "Newtowns" happen annually in the US to children under 18, yet the problem doesn't capture our attention in the same way.

Creating and sustaining safe and healthy communities is a better option. However, to do so an understanding of the systemic and structural factors that make communities vulnerable to violence, a recognition of the interrelatedness of all forms of violence, and the forging of appropriate and inclusive strategies that bridge race, type and place is needed.

Join your grantmaking colleagues in a conversation with Linda Bowen, executive director, Institute for Community Peace, about successful community engagement approaches that can change attitudes and social norms, and learn why creating safe environments, the key to violence prevention, requires collective responsibility, sustained involvement and concerted effort.

Also participating in the conversation are:

Sarah Fabish, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Lori Hart, The Leever Foundation
Fiona Hodgson, Fairfield County Community Foundation
Carol O'Donnell, The Leever Foundation
David Nee, Graustein Memorial Fund, conversation facilitator

There will be ample time for conversation and questions to address any specific concerns. Take away information about how attention to promotion and prevention can limit the need for intervention and deterrence. Hear how philanthropy can play a critical role in building healthy communities - urban, suburban or rural


  • Free for members of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
  • $25.00 for non-member grantmaking representatives
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