Live Algoma, City and Community Share an Evening
Live Algoma had its second Community Conversation on March 22, 2017, at the Algoma Performing Arts Center. The Community Conversation is a forum to share what the Live Algoma community health improvement initiative is accomplishing. The news is very good. Our nontraditional approach to health and well-being is having far reaching impact. Different segments of our community told about the efforts people, businesses, and organizations are making to improve our health and well-being. Live Algoma measures these improvements using the seven dimensions of health and well-being. To remind all of us, the seven Live Algoma Dimensions of Health and Well-Being include Physical, Financial, Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Intellectual and Environmental.
Nick Cochart, Mayor Schmidt and Madison Robertson kicked off the evening with the Vision and Passion of the Live Algoma program.
Teal VanLanen talked about our coalitions and partnerships we are part of to improve our community as part of the worldwide 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative. We heard from local, regional, national and international representatives wishing us congratulations and success as a Culture of Health Finalist. The 6 Culture of Health prize criteria were shared with the audience, along with visual examples of how we satisfy the criteria.
Jody Anderson put on her lexicographer hat to define the term “Bright Spot” as a prelude to introducing last year’s 2016 Bright Spots. The 2016 Bright Spots introduced their nominees for 2017 Bright Spots. It is recognized that there are many organizations, people and businesses that make an improvement difference in Algoma everyday. They have built the culture of volunteerism and giving back to the community that Live Algoma benefits from today. For this reason, the lights were turned up in the PAC to recognize those unnamed Bright Spots. A listing of 2016 & 2017 Live Algoma Bright Spots is found on the following link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mLJOO3mkriy5GB4hktOn_CeX9XH-bYlzaWHexdLB8q4/edit?usp=sharing
Brenda Pairolero and Erin Ballone gave local examples of projects that used Improvement Science. It’s not where you start, but where you go. Failing forward is an important part of discovering what works and what doesn’t. Adjusting for the “why” a particular piece fails is key to improving any process or product. Quality improvement is a continuous Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle. It is transferable to virtually every industry or endeavor… and it’s being used to improve our health and well-being here in Algoma. The Hands-Only CPR group received a special mention, jackets and a banner to celebrate their special contributions to health and well-being in our community and beyond. Their goal for 2017 is 3,000 people trained in Hands-Only CPR.
Nick Cochart spoke about Live Algoma’s incredible journey. Not many people thought our unorthodox approach to community health improvement would succeed. It might not succeed in other places if the community values don’t align to build supporting relationships so that all can succeed in improving the one, two or ten things they want to change to make themselves healthier and have a better sense of well-being. Our community, and especially our youth, were up to the challenge of improvement. Algoma is known in places we never expected. Regional community health professionals from Sweden will be here on March 26th and 27th. The Culture of Health judges will spent April 12th & 13th visiting our city and talking to us. Representatives from Singapore are coming back on April 19th.
Randy VanStraten, representing Bellin Health, and Roger Ebert representing Arise Health, spoke about the community dividend health improvement can have when it comes to health insurance. As a result, a give back check for $13,094.00 was presented to Live Algoma and received by the Commons Team Lead, John Pabich.
Claire Thompson, Healthy Community Activation Team Lead, announced that the money will be used to fund small grants to fund community projects that focus on one or more dimensions of health and well-being improvement. This is Live Algoma’s invitation to get more deeply involved. The process for applying for the grants will be announced in April. Stay tuned for further announcements.
John Pabich introduced the Community Storyboard groups and urged the audience to get involved with and support one or more of these groups. These groups included the following:
• Hands Only CPR
• 6th Grade Recycling
• 3rd Grade DI Community Improvement
• Mental Health Awareness
• Ahnapee Trail Head
• Freeze the Gain
• St. John’s Lutheran Church Wellness Committee
• Youth Volunteer Group – Healthy Children Team
• Spanish 4 High School Students
• Quasan Shaw Vierbecher & Associates – City of Algoma Comprehensive Plan
• Balloon Group – Youth of the Community Improvement for Algoma
• Wolf Tech Community Fab Lab