OHCC community consultants provide on-site, customized workshops to community organizations, partnerships and networks who are working towards Healthy Communities. Workshops are available in full day sessions for 10 or more participants, and are tailored to meet the needs of each group.
Our workshops are designed to bring together theory, evidence-based research and hands-on skill development in a highly interactive day. Participants will develop insights, skills and confidence to take back to their communities.
Workshop participants will receive a customized summary of relevant resources, articles and tools for further reference. They may also request a follow up consultation service for assistance with specific community engagement, planning and evaluation initiatives.
Below are descriptions of workshops that we have recently developed or refreshed. For more information or to arrange for a workshop please contact the OHCC office at 416-408-4841. Toll-free 1-800-766-3418 or info[@]ohcc-ccso.ca.
1. Creating Healthy Communities
Our health is determined by individual characteristics, social and economic factors and our physical environment. This workshop will provide an overview of the international Healthy Communities/Cities Movement, the Healthy Communities Framework for Action, and examples of Healthy Communities initiatives. Participants will share their vision of a “healthy community”, and engage in small group conversations about community issues and the potential for action, from small, practical steps to longer-range strategic processes directed at policy change.
2. Local Sustainable Food Systems
Food plays a powerful role in promoting health, as well as building strong and diverse communities, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy. The term “food system” is commonly defined as the complex set of activities and relationships related to every aspect of the food cycle, including production, processing, distribution, retail, preparation, consumption and disposal. Food system thinking is a way of seeing the bigger picture, of developing solutions to food problems by seeing and leveraging their connections to other issues. This introductory workshop will explore the definitions and concepts behind the development of local sustainable food systems. The presenter will share examples of community engagement strategies and planning initiatives that have been used to increase awareness and initiate community planning for sustainable food systems.
3. Community Engagement
Community Engagement (CE for short) is an important component of the planning and evaluation process, and is a frequent requirement of funders. OHCC consultants provide insight and expertise on values-based, inclusive, community engagement and can work with you to develop comprehensive CE strategies that make sense for your community organization or network.This workshop will increase your understanding of the value of CE, introduce CE frameworks and principles, and provide practical suggestions for planning and implementing CE activities that support your work. Cick here for more information.
4. Collective Impact Using RBA
Collective Impact and Results Based Accountability (RBA) are a perfect fit. The idea of working together to produce community “impact” is at the heart of both bodies of work. Collective Impact literature sets out conditions for the success of community change efforts, and RBA provides specific methods to help partners meet those conditions. Collective Impact asserts that large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, and RBA provides a disciplined way of thinking and taking action that communities can use to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults and the community as a whole. Using plain language and common sense methods, it gets you and your partners from talk to action quickly, and is readily adaptable to fit the unique needs and circumstances of different communities and programs. This workshop will outline the conditions of collective success, provide step-by-step guidance for developing an RBA process, with practical examples. Participants will also have an opportunity to consider how these processes could be applied within their own organizations and communities.
5. Healthy Built Environments
OHCC Consultants provide expertise and facilitation to help communities better understand the links between health and the design of the built environment. We can work with you or your community to identify priority actions to improve active transportation options, rural transportation services and/or create mixed use, complete communities that will better support health. See a brief description of our Healthy Built Environments consulting services and workshops.
6. Partnering for Success
Partnerships, networks and collaboratives encounter fairly predictable challenges and tasks as they form, grow and evolve to meet changing needs and expectations. OHCC's one day workshop on partnership development will assist those who lead and participate in these collective efforts, to recognize what stage of Partnership Development that they are in, and determine the key tasks that need to be successfully addressed. Through conversations with your OHCC consultant, your workshop will be customized to meet your current needs, and help you develop the skills required to lead with confidence. Relevant resources, tools and background materials will be identified for your group, in order to best support your work.
- Group Facilitation Skills
- Designing a Community Consultation Process
- Designing a Strategic Planning process
- Participatory Planning Approaches and Techniques
- Developing an Evaluation Strategy
- Developing a Communications Strategy
- Writing a Persuasive Funding Proposal