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Creating Pathways for Community Leadership

Thursday, November 19, 2020

 3pm – 4pm ET / 12pm – 1pm PT

Harnessing community strengths and assets -- such as existing parent and community leaders -- are critical to building local capacity and scaling up innovative solutions. This session highlights local models for creating sustainable leadership pathways for parents, caregivers, and community stakeholders to not only participate, but also design and implement systems change efforts. Speakers will highlight unsung leadership stories and examples of parent-led efforts to address pressing and emerging community challenges, from improving access to health promoting resources to mitigating natural disasters and COVID-19.

Featured speakers include:​​

  • Allentza Michel, Founder, Powerful Pathways

  • Regina Elmi, Executive Director, Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond; Parent Leader, Family Leadership Design Collaborative

  • Ann Ishimaru, Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington; Co-principal investigator, Family Leadership Design Collaborative;

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation services will be available  / La interpretación simultánea en español estará disponible.


Elevating Power through Healing-Centered Action: Reflections from the Greater Boston Birth Equity Coalition

Thursday, April 25, 2024

1pm ET / 10am PT

How can we build community power to achieve equity and justice for birthing families? Join us for the second installment of the 2024 NOW webinar series with a dynamic conversation with members of the Greater Boston Birth Equity Coalition (GBBEC). Launched through a collaborative, cross-sector design process in 2022, the GBBEC focuses on serving families furthest from opportunity as they welcome new children from across the Boston metro region. Learn more about members’ journey in launching the coalition, its process to design a coalition governance and decision making structure that uplifts the dignity of its members, and healing-centered practices and strategies they are leading to advance holistic approaches to prevent maternal morbidity and mortality, and improve maternal and infant health and birth care for families in the Commonwealth.


Featured Speakers:

  • Soraya DosSantos, Co-Founder, Maternal Nurturing Collective, Sacred Birthing Village Southcoast

  • Awara Adeagbo, Accompany Doula Care

  • Dymon Lee, Union Capital Boston Network Coordinator

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Vital Village Networks 

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