If you look anywhere on the internet you will find memes like this:
2016 has been a pretty rough year for humanity it seems, but for Healing10 it was a year full of opportunity and growth.
On May 9th, 2016 Healing10 hosted a film festival that featured powerful films about how adversity, trauma, and toxic stress impacts individuals, professional caregivers, and communities and what can be done to heal and foster resilience.The first film, Paper Tigers, is set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA. The film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). The second film, Portraits of Caregivers, focused on the secondary trauma that professional providers such as nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors, firefighters, and first responders experiences. Immediately after viewing the films, Healing10 members from the community facilitated a true conversation in breakout sessions about how we can take the next steps here in Camden to truly heal our city.
In August of this year, the Healing10 acquired its first staff person dedicated to the Healing10. In a partnership between Hopeworks’N Camden and Center for Family Services and made possible through a grant from the Claneil Foundation, Kate Daugherty was hired through the Americorps VISTA program as the Healing10 Convener. As an Americorps VISTA, Kate focuses is on capacity building. This means that in addition to convening the Healing10 monthly meeting, Kate is working to expand the footprint of the Healing10 by strengthening partnerships within the Healing10, building new partnerships around Camden, creating systems to facilitate communication amongst members, and increasing social media presence. Kate has an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and it very excited to be working in Camden on such an important issue.
With a dedicated staff member in place, the Healing10 has been able to quickly move forward. The Healing10 has set up and facilitated three working groups to ensure that the work of the Healing10 is moving forward between full meetings of the collaborative each month. The 3 groups focus on Planning, Events and Data and Evaluation. The Planning Work Group focused on refining and editing the Strategic plan from Fairmount Ventures and exploring options for membership and governance for the Healing10. The Event Working Group has concentrated on an upcoming joint event with Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Education. Finally, the Data and evaluation groups started to explore ways to effectively measure the Healing10 impact in Camden.
With support from the Scattergood Foundation, the Healing10 engaged in a multi-month planning process with Fairmount Ventures. This planning process involved in-depth interviews with current Healing10 members that center around the mission of Healing10, shared values, membership, and governance. From these interviews, Fairmount Ventures produced a Strategic plan for Healing10 that included mission and vision statements, guiding principles, an outline for governance and decision making, plan of finance, and a work plan/ timetable for the next year. This document has helped to shape and structure the Healing10 and given our work an even clearer direction.
The most important outcome of the Planning process was the development of Healing10 Vision statement, Mission Statement, and 10 Guiding Principles. These were refined from the Fairmount Ventures work with help of the Healing10 Convener. These statements will continue to guide Healing 10’s work for years to come. You can take a look at them at the bottom of the post
The Healing10 biggest achievement of 2016 has been getting SIX organizations to sign an MOU to become an official member of the Healing10. Signing the MOU means that the organization agrees to the visions, mission, and principles of the Healign10 and agrees to actively participate in the Healing10 meeting and other activities. So far Hopeworks, Urban Promise, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Camden School District, The South Jersey Perinatal Cooperative ( Camden Healthy Start) and Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Educations have all signed the MOU!
Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make 2016 a successful year for the Healing10. 2017 will be another exciting year!
In January Healing10 has two Camden youth starting as interns. They will be assisting the Healing10 Convener by updating the Healing10 website and other materials!
In February, Healing10 is co-hosting an event with Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Educations on the implementation of trauma informed practices. The event will include an introduction to trauma and trauma informed practices, a presentation of the research on “Efficacy of a Trauma Informed Methodology for Hopeworks ‘N Camden” by Dr. Natasha Fletcher and Asia King and a panel discussion. The panel will focus on implementation and include panelists who have experience implementing trauma informed practices including Joe Pyle (Scattergood Foundation), Michael O’Bryan ( Village of Arts and Humanities), Fatimah Muhammad (Equal Justice USA), Rebecca Bryan ( Urban Promise) and a representative from the Camden School District.
See you all in 2017!! Happy New Year!!